I first encountered Angela Royo Latin American Art at the Affordable Art Fair in June 2008 and again in May 2009. Ms. Royo represents Latin American artists who work in a variety of media. She shows the artists' work at her home/gallery semi-in situ, thus enabling the viewer to imagine the art in their own home.
This morning, Ms. Royo hosted Crossing Bridges, a show featuring the most recent work of the Dallas-based husband and wife team of Hugo G. Urrutia & MK Semos, an architect and photographer respectively. The artists's collaborative process involves the use of a Russian-made Holga, an inexpensive medium-format camera which has been described as "a rangefinder version of the Kodak Brownie." It is also known for its light leaks, a "flaw" which Urrutia and Semos use to their advantage to create striking, overlapping images that merge up to three negatives. They use a process similar to silk screening to mount the photographs on unusual materials such as the tinted rear window of a truck, the wooden floor of a building, acrylic, and glass. Chemical processing in a photo lab adds to the surreal quality of the richly-saturated color photographs.
Bridge images are dominant in the show - as its title suggests - but
London, . My favorite pieces are Bridging New York, and Mexico City street scenes also feature prominently Thailand I, Brooklyn Bridge I, Sin Limite, Liverpool Station, and Wooster Street. See Crossing Bridges at Angela Royo Latin American Art at 401 East 60th Street until the end of the year.