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No More Drama: The Saga Continues
April 21, 2006 - June 24, 2006

Organized by Edwin Ramoran, Longwood Arts Project

This group exhibition presents recent works by contemporary artists responding to the popular culture media format of Latin American telenovelas (soap operas) and their printed comic-book versions called fotonovelas.

The exhibition features work in book form, comic strips, photographs, prints, and video. Addressing the influence and contemporary alterations of the book as an art object and blurring the boundaries between high and low media, these artists are also experimenting with narrative and disjunctive formats to complicate melodramatic content and discuss cultural politics.

The influence and importance of fotonovelas as popular literary works stems from their accessibility and mass-production, and hence can be seen as a form of subversive propaganda. Additionally, the social and political content found in fotonovelas allows for a greater popular discourse on issues considered taboo, such as gender, sex, religion, hierarchy, and economic inequalities. The goal of the exhibition is to shed light on how the fotonovelas as a mass produce book has influence contemporary art practices and, thus, expands the discourse of bookarts.
Matias  Aguilar
Baaadland of Papaya Unguinea
(1997) Photocopy
Mescalistico Split
(1997) Composed of 10 Acrylic and Felt Pen on cardboard paintings
Rapture of the Holy Ho
(1997) Photcopy
Tripptick of the Holy Ho
(1997) Photocopy
Emmy  Catedral
after bell hooks
(2004) Digital print on continuous paper roll
Jaime  Cortez
Sexile pages 3, 19, 22, 35, 62,
(2006) Ink on Bristol paper
Sexile pages 6, 25, 52, 63
(2006) Giclee print
 Cup 'o' Java Studio
O.D's Helpful Hints #1
(2005) Comic Book
Alex  Donis
(2005) 2 mixed media and silkscreen on paper
 Erekshun (Aguilar, Brown, Beseler)
Psychedelic Babe
(2006) CD recorded in Hanover Germany at Gee Man Studios
Ray  Felix & James Winston
Patriot Acts: The Revenge of the Sweet Ass Kid
(2000) 2 India ink on Bristol board
Ray  Felix & Marcus Jones
Imagine vs. Ms. Galaxy = The Lovers Quarrel, pages 29-32
(1995) Ink, inkjet prints on paper, of 260 pg graphic novel
Chitra  Ganesh
Untitled from Amnesia Remembers
(2006) 2 Sumi on denril drawings
Edwin  González
All I Do
(2006) Pen and ink on Bristol paper
(2006) Ink on paper
(2006) Pencil on paper
Derek  Jackson
Welcome to Riis
(2003) 3 Spiral bound laser print
Claudia  Joskowicz
Hacía El Norte (Heading North)
(2006) DVD, 35 sec.
Two Second Love Stories
(2003) 2 Inkjet transfers on cotton T-shirts from each series
Two Second Love Stories
(2004) 2 Inkjet transfers on cotton T-shirts from each series
Two Second Love Stories
(2005) 2 Inkjet transfers on cotton T-shirts from each series
Two Second Love Stories
(2005) Unmounted inkjet prints, mounted archival inkjet print on sintra of A train installation
Swati  Khurana
devOtional Pages
(2006) Collage on paper in hinged mixed media frames
Kalup  Linzy
Conversations Wit De Churen II: All My Churen
(2005) DVD, Length unknown
Ride to Da Club
(2002) DVD, Length unknown
Ivan  Monforte
Always the Last to Know
(2006) Inkjet print
Dolores Fuertez (Always the Last to Know)
(2006) Photocopy newsprint novela
Domingo  Nuño
Some Heads
(2003) 9 pigment jet ink print
Who Needs Porn When You Got Me
(2001) 6 pigment jet ink print
Lai-Chung  Poon
Deck of Cards
(2003) 54 double-sided custom playing cards
Origami Novel
(2005) 24 ink, pencil, collage, acrylic on Bristol drawings
Origami Novel
(2005) 3-12 double-sided prints
Origami Novel Balls
(2005) 3-12 double-sided prints
Origami Novel Package
(2005) 12 double-sided prints w/ DVD
Carlo  Quispe-Salgado
(2004) Black marker on paper
Security Device
(2004) Collage on Jamoud paper
(2004) Ink on glossy paper, perfect binding
Carlo  Quispe-Salgado & Ethan Shoshan
Collaboration Footage of Heaven's Coast and Lost in Desire
(2005) Video, 11 hours, 30 minutes
Heaven's Coast
(2005) Ink, mixed media on handmade paper, perfet binding
Lost in Desire
(2005) Drawing, mixed media in a bound book using handmade paper from romance novels
Wanda  Raimundi-Ortíz
I'm Still Wanda from the Block
(2006) DVD, 4 minutes
Soy Latina
(2005) Ink and watercolor on paper, mixed media
Wepa Women (Coloring Books)
(2004) Inkjet print
Jacqueline  Salloum
Arabs A-Go-Go
(2003) DVD, 2 minutes
Planet of the Arabs
(2003) DVD, 9 miinutes
Take One It's Free
(2005) Mixed media
Ethan  Shoshan
Syndicated Love: Requiem for Love
(2002) 8 books, letterpress rptined on used romance novels, red ribbon
Tempting Jake, Barcode, Identity Unknown, Devil's Dare, Special Offer
(2002) Letterpress collage on romance novel covers
True Love
(2002) Letterpress-printed from used romance novels
Luis  Sierra
Mala Noche
(2006) 3 pencil and ink on paper drawings w/ accompanying comic book
Boris  Torres
(2006) Oil pastel and pencil on paper, accordian binding
Megan  Whitmarsh & Caroline Rankin
Tiny Unicorn
(2006) Zine printed on newsprint
Tiny Unicorn
(2006) 24 Ink on Bristol board drawings

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