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Edgardo Larregui: Art and Culture with a Purpose

Edgardo Larregui: Art and Culture with a Purpose

Artist, Edgardo Larregui, originally from Bayamón, Puerto Rico, aims to capture themes from his country’s experiences with his pieces. He studied his craft in the Escuela de Artes Plástica de Puerto Rico, where many other renowned artists have graduated, including Silia Sánchez whose artwork has also been exhibited at our gallery. Currently, Larregui’s exhibition, “A Happy Ending” is on display at La Galeria, we will also be hosting a workshop led by the artist on October 1st. We had the opportunity of speaking with Larregui and getting to know more about the subjects he works with, his origins, and his own experiences. He tells us that his pieces aren’t limited to just one medium. “I work with multimedia, using the different forms as part of material concepts, as a way to create a dialogue with the public,” he said. “Within the different techniques that I often use is painting, but I also make sculptures and art installations.” His projects are about cultural concepts that reflect the community. Larregui uses any channel available to start conversations that go beyond a simple piece, his art can take many forms. He takes observations from everyday life in Puerto Rico and finds a way to showcase his conclusions in an artistic expression that the public can relate to and interact with. larre For example, his piece titled “Dr. Recao.” This project consisted in collecting recao seeds, a plant that is a staple in Puerto Rican cuisine, and sending them to New York so that they could be planted along the city streets. The objective of this piece was to introduce New Yorkers to Puerto Rican food and also to “detoxify” the city by bringing a natural flavor to its inhabitants. The fruits of this experiment were harvested to make mashed sweet potatoes with recao, “and share it with everyone, to detoxify the city and its people,” Larregui explained. “This plant became a healing power for the city.” The exhibit currently at La Galeria is made up of a series of works that represent Puerto Rico within an international context. Walking through the display you will find “La Aventura del Caiman,” a sculpture of a preserved alligator that deals with life without industrialization in the countryside, where people still live off of wild animals. “The first alligators were brought to Puerto Rico in the 1950s to experiment and to make shoes, handbags… When this was prohibited all of these alligators procreated,” said Larregui. “They expanded through various lagoons. The families in that area have had to live with this massive proliferation of alligators without being used to it at first. But they have been able to make the best of this wild meat. This piece is about a family dish and protection.” caiman The workshop that is taking place October 1st is titled “Happiness,” Larregui will be representing positive and happy feelings in an open and public community space with illuminated arches. Together, along with the artist, participants will install arches with lights at O’Day Park, that are traditional during Christmastime in Puerto Rico. “I take this object of light and I bring it into a context where it isn’t Christmas, to bring that happiness, that lightness, that it signifies,” he said. This artist is very proud to be able to present his art in Boston. "I have an incredible amount of respect for IBA because of what it has been able to accomplish. Different generations can get to know their history even if they don't live in the island," he said. Don’t miss this cultural exhibition, to schedule a visit to La Galeria call: (617) 927- 1737 For more information about the workshop visit: http://bit.ly/larregui-happiness We hope to see you there!...