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Reuben Negron, All Star
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 28, 2020
Left: Like crashing waves at my ear – Reuben Negron; Right: These small remembrances – Reuben Negron
Opening Reception: Jan. 10, 5-8pm; Exhibit runs Jan. 10-Feb. 28
A ten-year-reunion show at Blue Spiral 1’s Lower Level Gallery brings together 18 represented artists. All of them were invited to join the gallery after inclusion in one of its annual “Into the Blue” exhibits. Started a decade ago, the shows are held around the first of the year to debut artists new to the venue. Participants for “All Stars” are: Chris Ahalt, Luke Allsbrook, Ele Annand, Robert Burch, Lilian Garcia-Roig, Charles Keiger, Bill Killebrew, Connie Lippert, Mitchell Lonas, Douglas Miller, Reuben Negron, Alberto Ortega, Isaac Payne, Michael Poness, Deborah Rogers, Brad Sells, Kirsten Stingle, and Katie Walker.
One of the All Stars, Reuben Negron, best known for his extremely detailed, figurative watercolor paintings, says, “It was a complete and unexpected honor when Blue Spiral 1 asked to continue working with me after this past year’s invitational — and, quite frankly, I’m glad I accepted.
“As an artist, Asheville has been a wonderful place to live and work,” he continues. “It’s one of the few places I’ve lived where being a creative is treated with respect, and while that may seem small, living in an environment where your career is legitimized by those around you goes a long way to foster wellbeing.”
Negron’s works focus on the personal narratives of his subjects, exploring sexuality, identity, and mental health. His raw use of imagery and visual storytelling have gotten him featured in galleries and publications across the world.
For the local show, Negron will display the first major body of work he created after moving to Asheville five years ago. “It’s a visual poem of sorts — meant to be finished by the viewer — touching on themes of desire, metamorphosis, memory, and mortality,” he discloses. “It’s some of the most personal work I’ve created to date.”
Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Ave., Asheville. www.bluespiral1.com. 828-251-0202.