Monday, November 12, 2007

José Roca and I visited the Santos de Puerto Rico: Carvings of Faith and Sentiment curated by Anabelle Rodríguez. The exhibition just opened at the Lorenzo Homar Gallery located in Taller Puertorriqueño and it includes more than one hundred santos carved from wood. It is a delightful example of the carvings by these masterful craftsman side by side by the wonderful prints showing the intertwined traditions.

For example, to the left is a serigraph
depicting master carver José Orta.

Next to this print is a case (below) containing a delightful a self portrait in wood This thoughtfully arranged mix creates a wonderful vignette which repeats throughout the exhibition--a mix of fine art, cultural anthropology and craft.

Taller Puertorriqueño is located at 2721 North 5th Street (corner of 5th and Lehigh) The gallery hours are Tues-Sat 10am-6pm; 215-426-3311 for more information.