Friday, November 9, 2012

Multilayered: Narciso Argüelles

 Narciso Argülles, Sketch for "Heaven Spots," Site specific piece.
Laser on wall. Dimensions variable. 
Narciso Argüelles exudes mirth, complexity and energy. He generates an artistic idea a minute.

Constantly experimenting with artistic methods and presentation, Edmond-artist Argüelles crafts his projects with any medium as fair game.

For his Concept/OK Residency alone, Argüelles will present work constituted of photography, painting, light, performance, graphic design and sculpture.  The project components include an activated sculpture, temporary projections, a mural, and more.  Visitors will need to watch for glimpses of his project around downtown Tulsa.
Narciso Argülles shows several of his project ideas (made out of tape,
ink and paint) to Concept/OK Residency Curator Alison Hearst
His openness to different types of art forms mirrors his open-minded consideration of ideas. In “Heaven Spots,” Argüelles probes physical and mental borders, specifically grappling with Chicano identity.

While he does not speak about his artistic process much, Argüelles must try on possibilities like philosophers examining an argument. He prioritizes the messages he hopes to convey while simultaneously enhancing the audiences’ experience.  

Certainly, Argüelles’ work will elicit surprise (watch for some preview images in the next blog post) and fascination.  For viewers who contemplate the work more, the artwork also might prompt an exploration like the artist himself full of mirth, complexity and energy.

Read more in this Art Focus Oklahoma magazine article about Argüelles.  The Concept/OK: Art in Oklahoma exhibition opens December 16, 1-5 pm at the new Tulsa Arts and Humanities Council’s Hardesty Arts Center. See for more information. 

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