Gory: The Decisive Dream

Gory [Rogelio López Marín] Exhibition 

The Decisive Dream
When: August 24—October 5, 2018 NOTE: Exhibition is extended through October 11, 2018.
Where: S. Tucker Cooke Gallery
Reception: Friday, August 24, 6:00—8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m. Monday—Friday
The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The title [The Decisive Dream] is, in part, related to Cartier-Bresson’s Decisive Moment but it also relates to Gory’s decision to live in the United States as well as the oneiric character of his work.

Gory (Rogelio López Marín), as the recent recipient of a prestigious Pollack/Krasner Foundation grant (2017), is well-known in the field of Latin American art. He was born in Havana, Cuba, July 24, 1953, and currently lives in Miami. In 1973, he received his lower education degree in painting from The National School of the Arts Cubanacán and his bachelor's degree in art history from Havana University in 1978.

He was a key Photorealistpainter in Cuba in the 1970s. After renouncing painting in the Volumen Uno (Volume One) exhibition (1981), where he presented new directions in Cuban art, he turned to work in photography. In the 1980s, Gory worked as a photographer for Revolución y Cultura, a magazine focusing on cultural aspects of Cuba for which important photographers of the period worked and collaborated.

Gory came to the United States in 1991 and while continuing to create photographs, he began to paint again. In his photographs Gory uses various methods (e.g., superimposition, juxtaposition, hand-coloring, layering, airbrushing, or color-tinting) to create works that diverge from physical reality. He is interested in capturing a moment or a perception that is fleeting.

Gory has not only won numerous awards, but he has had several solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Latin America, and Canada, and his work is in over a dozen permanent collections around the globe, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Art (MFA) in Houston, and Havana’s Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Moreover, Gory was one of the five Cuban artists included in the inspirational PBS Independent Lens documentary film (2007), Revolucion: Five Visions. Follow the link to an article, Photo Walk-Through: Rogelio López Marín, “Gory”: Notes for a Retrospective (1975–2015) by Cuban Art News. To see what the Aluna Foundation wrote about the Retrospective, follow this link.

The artist’s statement:

  • My work has always utilized photography as a starting point, sometimes as source material for paintings and others as the final product itself.
  • My main objective is to find the elements of the “unreal” within common reality, coupled with the purpose to be suggestive and transformative while conditioning reality from a markedly individual and intimate point of view. A view that is conditioned by multiple esthetic and cultural references that we all have come across during our formations not only as artists but as individuals.
  • I’m uniquely motivated to discover until what point a photographic image can deliver an underlying message which appears hidden to a majority of its observers.
  • As a manipulator of images through the medium of photography I’m committed to alerting people to a reality, while at the same time transmitting a critique of it.
  • I plan on transcending the descriptive by taking my work to the plane of the interpretive.

Gory was a visiting lecturer at UNC Asheville last semester and was very well received. It should be noted that only his photographs will be on campus this time, but here are some links for those who would like to read additional information on the artist. Link 1 and Link 2

This event was made possible by support from the UNC Asheville Department of Art and Art History, Department of History, Department of Languages & Literatures, NEH Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, and ITS. For additional information, contact Dr. Cynthia Canejo (ccanejo@unca.edu).


Slide Descriptions

1) Series: Absences (Ausencias), 1980-1990, 16x20 inches, C-print.

2) Series: An American Dream, Toronto, Canada, 1988. 16x20 inches. Gelatin Silver prints with hand-made chemicals, selective toners.

3) Series: The City, New York, 2001. 11x14 inches, Gelatin Silver prints with hand-made chemicals, selective toners.

4) Series: Nowhere Land, Miami, 2006. 20x30 inches.

5) Series: Because of the City, New York, 2006-2007, 20x30 inches, C-print.

6) Series: Mr. Fantasy, 2007.