Visiting Artist/Scholar: GORY (Rogelio López)

 Contemporary Cuban-American Photographer

When: March 27, 2018
Where: 125 Rhoades/Robinson Hall
Talk: Tuesday, March 23, 6:30 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public

The contemporary Cuban-American photographer, Gory (Rogelio López), will give a presentation on his work at UNC Asheville on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., in Rhoades/Robinson Hall, room 125.  As a recent recipient of a prestigious Pollack/Krasner Foundation grant (2017), Gory is well-known in the field of Latin American art.  In the 1970s, he was a key Photorealist painter in Cuban art.  After renouncing painting in the Volumen Uno (Volume One) Exhibition showing new directions in Cuban art, 1981, he turned his attention to work in photography. In this regard, he discussed his reasons for this rebellion in 2016:

I used the title of one of the paintings that I showed in the exhibition Volume One in 1981 in Havana to denounce the censure that had been applied against my work by the official critic who said that my work followed mimetically the aesthetic of the north American artist, so I titled the painting Pieza Inconclusa Para Pintor Mecanico, something like Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Painter, I showed the piece unfinished and I stopped painting for twelve years after that.

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. Moving to the US in 1991, Gory currently lives in Miami.

Gory uses various methods in his works (e.g., superimposition, juxtaposition, hand-coloring, layering, airbrushing, or color-tinting) to create photographs that diverge from physical reality.  He is interested in capturing a moment or a perception that is fleeting.  As he has noted,

A magical element that I am passionate about photography is a fraction of a second captured by my camera, immediately past, witness to something unique. There is a second, a fraction of second, equal to another.  I have tried to repeat a photograph to make it better, and it has always been impossible.

Gory has not only won numerous awards, but his works have also been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and purchased by private individuals and public institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Museum of Fine Art (MFA) in Houston.  Moreover, Gory was one of the five Cuban artists included in the inspirational film, Revolucion: Five Visions, 2007, in which he notes: “Every photographer [has] his own way of seeing reality. I try to create my own vision of reality.”

The program is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, the office of the Associate Provost, and Interdisciplinary Studies.