Exhibition Dates: June 25th - July 17th, 2010
Featured Artists: Christian "XIAN" Montalvo, Antonio "Titanium" Montalvo, Wilson Ramos, Jr., Anibal Arroyo, David Quiles, Marivel Mejia, Robert Nunez, Jun Nunez & Chev Sanchez, ]]
Place: Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street, Between Delancey & Rivington Streets, NY
Abrazo Interno Gallery, 2nd Floor
FWACATA! Look at My Hands, addresses Caribbean history through sequential art.
La Bande Dessinee (BD), los paquitos, manga (in its contemporary sense) or comic books were first published in the United States
around the 1930s. By the 60’s it had become clear that they were not really all that “comic”, and that their artists were really
graphic novelists creating what Will Eisner later called sequential art or, in the prescient assessment of the French, “the ninth art.”
FWACATA! is both a visual arts exhibition and a comic book. The show plumbs the tension between the gallery and the comic book striving for synergies between the wall and the page, aware of the comic book medium’s Pop genealogy in the gallery and of its coming of age as literature.
This visual haiku by contemporary Latino comic book creators focuses on hands, those hands that played the drumbeat of
Caribbean history, rowing from one island to the next and beyond. Based on an original poem by Christian Montalvo, this historical
rumination has been co-curated by the author, a self-published graphic artist and co-founder of Alpha Godz Entertainment along
with his brother Antonio Montalvo. Co-curator Miguel Trelles is a visual artist in residence at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center.
FWACATA! Look at My Hands is a collaborative effort between Alpha Godz Entertainment (A.G.E. Studios), and a number of Local Latino based Comic Studios, including Section 8 Comics (Wilson Ramos, Jr.), Cabezon Studios (Jun Nunez, Chevez Sanchez), MAS Media Studios (Anibal Arroyo) as well as Marivel Mejia, David Quiles & Robert Nunez. The collective understands that as Latino Comic creators, they follow in the footsteps of such contemporary trail blazers as the Hernandez Brothers, George Perez, Javier Saltares and the late Carlos Meglia, to name just a few.
Miguel Trelles & Christian Montalvo