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Gamar Aleksanian

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            I
recently visited the Museum of Latin American Art, and I was blown away with
the amazing art pieces that were on display there. Walking around the exhibits
there were two art pieces that really caught my attention. One was called
“Fishing Pole”, and it was created by an artist named Maria Elena Gonzalez. The
other piece was called “Island (The Night)”, and it was created by the artist
named Yoan Capote. The two paintings were similar in the sense of them
displaying the reshaping that Cuba faced in the twentieth century.

            Doing
some research on the artist themselves really helped me understand why they
created such art. The artist that did the “Fishing Pole” Maria
Elena González, will use really unique ways on to creating the various kinds of
sculptures and figures just like the “Fishing Pole” on display at the Museum of
Latin American Art. As she has said in an interview, “My interests with the
tactility of sculpture and the primacy of form, the allure of materials and
craft, and recombining materials and ideas, are of a primary nature to me”.
González’s purpose in her artwork is to represent the memory, hardships, and architectural
symbols of the Caribbean.

            Maria Elena González art piece of the “Fishing Pole”
displays a fishing pole holding on to the Caribbean islands on a thin string of
fishing line. On it we see the island of Cuba, which I believe is one of the
most important island of the Caribbean, because of their revolutionary act of independence
from their mother country. In the reading of “Cuba through 1959” we read
that, during the early
years of Cuba’s revolution mainly focused on the issues of the Soviet impact, military threat, or human
rights to the United States of America. Furthermore, they were really troubled about how Cuba’s revolt would set an example to
inspire the other Latin
American countries to maybe even do a similar act on their economic revolutions to harm of the means of the
investors of the United States.

            Moving onto the artist who did the breathtaking visual
art piece called “Island (The Night)” Yoan Capote. Capote practices his art
with various materials such as the fish hooks he used in this art piece. Furthermore,
he might use objects to merge strange things, such as human organs, to level concepts
of civilization. His artwork allocates with the investigating of

structures
that are based in control and differentiation of government. He was born in Havana, Cuba in 1977, in
which he still resides at and does his work from there. With Capote having the exclusive
understanding of being Cuban and growing up in Cuba helps on influencing his
artwork, which often than not will have to deal with the themes of migration to
Cuba or government that have an indication of Cuban individuality. He lastly studied
at the Provincial School of Art in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, the Higher Institute of
Art in Havana, and the National School of Art in Havana.

        Yoan Capote artwork
with fish hooks is an unbelievable piece. From afar it looks like an ordinary
painting of an ocean waves drifting, though the magic doesn’t appear until you
get closer to it and you see that the whole “painting” is made by fish hooks
being placed with precision. Capote in Cuba said that, “The sea is a symbol for
hope, but it’s also a symbol for a trap, for tragedy.” He has applied thousands
of fish hooks to create this piece and with that he has made his hands bloody.
To the viewer it may look like just a seascape, though there is a beautiful attribute
to the piece of the “Island” that expresses both exquisiteness and disloyalty
to the viewer. Capote furthermore says, “It’s symbolic of myself as an artist,
but also a condition of the whole of Cuban society.” In the reading of “Cuba
through 1959” of our studies in class, it showed how Cuba was reshaped in the
twentieth century. U.S.
forces departed in 1902 and they left with the Platt Amendment being placed in their society, which
turned the island into an implicit U.S. territory. The Platt Amendment gave the United States control over literally
the right to intervene
militarily to protect U.S. property
in Cuba, the right to develop coaling and naval
stations on the island, and Cuba’s foreign and eco­nomic policies. This
reshaped Cuba because the island was politically, military, and economically
influenced by the United States. In that sense, the United States ruled Cuba over the period leading up to 1959.

In conclusion Cuba had
reshaped how their own country, and realized that they are tired of being
bullied around by the United States. In the art pieces by Maria Elena
Gonzalez and Yoan Capote, both being of Cuban descent shows their emotional
inspiration by their interoperations of Cuba in the twentieth century. I really
enjoyed my time looking at these works of art because it shows how the simplest
forms of art can have an extraordinary effect on the viewer

 

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