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Rubin Center exhibits international art

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05


Aaron Montes / The Prospector

The theme for the Rubin Center is economic downfall for Argentinian artist. The exhibit also features photographers Julián Cardona and Guy Tilim.

   The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts opened a new exhibition with international artists such as Julián Cardona from Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, Máximo González from Argentina and Guy Tilim from South Africa.

Photojournalist Cardona, presented “Stardust: Memorias de la Calle Mariscal,” a personal memoir of one of the most symbolic streets in Juárez.

“(The exhibit) is about the demolition of an emblematic street for the city, calle Mariscal,” Cardona said. “Ciudad Juárez used to be a touristic spot before it became a manufacturing city, and calle Mariscal used to be where tourists would spend their time in bars and discos.”

Cardona personally visited these places where he would spend time with his friends. These photos are to mimic the memories he had  of those times.

“It is not all about my work; I want people to see what’s going on in Juárez
but at a bigger scale, from burnt restaurants to demolished buildings,” Cardona said. “It is really something for me because El Paso and Juárez are my home and this is the first time I exhibit these photos.”

Daniel Szwaczkowski, art exhibit preparator of the Rubin Center, is in charge for setting up the place, but allows artists, such as González, to set up his own sculptures. According to Szwaczkowski, the core theme for the exhibit is economic downfall.

“González presented ‘Magnificent Warning,’ which shows obsessive detail in his sculptures to demonstrate mass consumerism,” Szwaczkowski said.

González works with the manipulation of devaluated currencies, such as Mexican and Argentinean bills, said Szwaczkowski.

“The obsessive quality of his work creates tension between beauty and chaos to his deeper concerns,” Szwaczkowski said. “The one in the entrance is named ‘Magnificent Warning Monument’ which was made from cheap articles that where bought in México.”

The photos from Tilim, photojournalist from South Africa, represent decrepit architecture of colonial and postcolonial Africa and their former grandiosity.

“It is titled ‘Avenue Patrice Lumumba’ and it’s the sight of buildings in degradation in Africa,” Szwaczkowski said. “It consists of 50 photos that are dated from 2007.”

Estephania Robles, senior ceramics and graphic design major,  attended the opening of the event, which has been her favorite thus far.

“I’ve been working here for a year now, and I always attend the exhibitions,” Robles said. “It’s always so overwhelming, but in a good way.”

For Robles, the Rubin Center exhibitions are part of a great contemporary vision.

“I feel honored to have names like this at UTEP,” Robles said “The Rubin Center is even a great study space, you can come and relax, sit and study.”

The vision of this exhibition was to primarily educate the students and the community. El Paso does not have very many venues for contemporary art, according to Szwaczkowski.

“I think the audience will like this exhibition, the photo shows and all of the sculptures.”

 The exhibition opened Jan. 24 and will remain open until middle March.

 “I invite UTEP students to come and check it out; it’s free artwork that is intriguing, especially for those interested in art,” Szwaczkowski said.

The gallery hours are from Monday thru Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Leonardo Montañez may be reached at

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