"Lobo Loco" by Mexican-American Artist Leobardo Bracamontes
Core Contemporary is pleased to present “Lobo Loco”, a solo exhibition featuring Las Vegas-based, Mexican-American artist, Leobardo Bracamontes.
In keeping with the gallery's programming goals to bring in unique, strong and expressive contemporary art balancing cultural and gender voices, the exhibition will include Bracamontes's paintings, sculptures, assemblage works and drawings. Influenced by his ancestral Yaqui Indian, Mexican and Spanish heritage Bracamontes interprets ancient fables, legends, and folk tales within his work in a way that bridges time and culture.
Thematically, Bracamontes’s work speaks to his love for family (including a son who is awaiting a kidney transplant and undergoing daily dialysis), his fondness for the imagination, whimsy and fantasy of the circus, and his deep appreciation for the heroic archetypes found in Lucha Libre. Creating colorful and often comical, exaggerated figures in his work that can be both fantastical and recognizable, Bracamontes tackles the deep subjects of death, politics, societal chaos, religion, and fatherhood with sensitivity and strength.
“There is an allure to Bracamontes's work that transports me into fables of old,” shares gallery owner and curator, Nancy Good. “It's as though he is painting a parable where the viewer is absolutely convinced there is a deeper lesson meant to be discovered (and there usually is). Further, though some might consider his work to be “outsider art,” his signature elements of vibrant color and raw textures are quite approachable. The “outsider” element creates a unique juxtaposition that invites us to look closer, but not too close due to the potential to be scratched or poked.”
Bracamontes has exhibited since 1993, including shows at Mesa College, painting live at events curated by Guerilla Artz, shown in exhibitions curated by the City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs and Clark County Public Arts, displayed in the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas, shown work often during the popular First Friday art crawls in Las Vegas, and exhibited in the Arts Factory.
The exhibition runs September 4th through November 2nd, with an opening reception and visit with the artist on Saturday, September 7th, from 6-8pm., and closing reception on Saturday, November 2nd, 6-8pm.
"New Vessels, Unmade Structures" - Sumi Ink on paper and installations by Sapira Cheuk "Meaning: The Search For" - mural-sized paintings by Nancy Good "BLOW-OUT/FLOW'r-OUT" - featuring photography and fiber art of Leon Syfrit and Holly Lay "Art-Dash" - 4-day pop-up exhibition of 10 artists benefitting Forgotten Song Foundation. "Use Other Door" - National Juried Show featuring 20 artists from across the country "PARADE" - Cirque du Solieil's Annual Employee's Art Exhibit featuring 26 artists "Nunca Ida: Never Gone" - Solo exhibition of Biscuit Street Preacher "See, Touch & Go Dream: The Burning Tapestries" - solo exhibition of Nancy Good's large format digital art on fabric "12 Inches of Sin" - 6th Annual Provocative Art Exhibition