Capital City Arts Initiative Exhibition Features ‘Two Views’ by Robert Ibarra and Cesar Piedra | Carson City Nevada News


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The Capital City Arts Initiative’s “Two Views” exhibition showcases different approaches to individual expression through drawings by Robert Ibarra and ceramics by Cesar Piedra.

The exhibition runs at the Courthouse Gallery from February 18 to May 25, 2022. CCAI will host a reception for the artists on Friday February 25, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., presentation of the artists at 5:30 p.m. The courthouse is located at 885 E Musser Street, Carson City; the gallery is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cesar Piedra is a child of Mexican immigrants. This status as a first-generation individual can be filled with political, cultural, and historical conflict that often manifests as an identity crisis. This internal shock informs how he communicates through his artistic practice and helps spark a conversation about the existence of those caught in between.

Through his art, he seeks a visual language that connects both his Mexican and American heritages. These two identities often combine to create a third, which is not just one or the other, but rather an amalgamation of both. Piedra said, “My blend of aesthetics, culture and history allows me to explore my identity through visual language, giving me and my viewer the opportunity to critique how we are influenced by external sources to define and establish our identity, for ourselves and for others. ”

Piedra is an interdisciplinary artist, born in Southern California and raised in Northern Nevada. He received his BFA with a major in ceramics and a minor in art history from the University of Nevada Reno in 2021.

Robert Ibarra’s work involves self-portraiture where he investigates emotions related to his personal experiences. He said, “My drawings involve the human figure and attempt to strike a balance between realism and abstraction to convey emotion tied to personal experiences. My work is a way to relate and evoke authentic reactions and feelings from the viewer. I want to offer viewers an opening for dialogue about their own personal struggles.

“All my life I have struggled with personal battles such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), physical health issues, shyness, sensitivity and anxiety. I had also found it extremely difficult to process and express those feelings, especially at a young age, being unable to understand what those struggles were and I still have those same difficulties now as an adult I allow myself to be vulnerable and begin to develop the confidence to display and talk about my flaws My hope is that viewers can find within themselves the ability to release what has been building up inside them for so long – that they can be free from their inner conflicts. Ibarra earned a BFA from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2021.

Vivian Zavataro wrote the essay, “Divergent Vocabularies” for the “Two Views” exhibition. Zavataro is Director and Chief Curator of the Lilley Museum of Art, University of Nevada, Reno. She is a museologist specializing in contemporary art, history and artistic mediation. She has traveled extensively working for museums, galleries and contemporary art institutions to broaden her knowledge and experience of the art world. Its objective is to facilitate the interaction between art and the public. Diversity, inclusion and creativity are essential aspects of her practice.

Carlos Ramirez, a student at Western Nevada College Latino Leadership Academy, provided a Spanish translation of the show’s wall text.

CCAI is an artist-centered, non-profit organization committed to community engagement in contemporary visual arts through exhibitions, illustrated lectures, arts education programs, artist residencies and online activities.

The initiative is funded by Nevada Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, the John and Grace Nauman Foundation, the Carson City Cultural Commission, the Kaplan Family Charitable Fund, the US Bank Foundation, the Southwest Gas Corporation. Foundation, Steele & Associates LLC and Sponsors and CCAI Members.

For more information, please visit the CCAI website at www.ccainv.org.

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