The Chazan Gallery is presenting Pink Narcissus, an exhibition of works by Juan José Barboza-Gubo, from November 20 to December 17, 2014.  There will be an opening reception for the artist on Gallery Night, Thursday, November 20, from 5:00 - 9:00. The public is invited

This work by Barboza-Gubo is a prelude; a prequel to the pieces of the Cruor Series where the viewer witnessed the transformation of the polluted soul of the human character as he embarked on a journey to attain the purity of the deer. In Narcissus, he enters into a world of self-discovery and sexual awakening. Under the shades of the blue, dawn light, and within a lush environment, he experiences the scents, the humidity and the moisture of the landscape; a moment of innocence and of primal animalism in which his entire existence is overcome by every sensation of skin and muscle. It is the private moment in which he sees his own reflected self as a being capable of experiencing both love and ecstasy in their full capacities. 

The exhibition focuses on several important elements:  Time, as represented through subtle changes in color and tonality; Action, and its effects on the body and the environment; and Marks, as remnants left behind.

The title Pink Narcissus is derived from the 1971 film of the same name by artist James Bidgood. Barboza-Gubo was primarily inspired by a scene in which the film’s main character experiences a similar intimate event within a forest – and the way his connection to his environment mirrors the visceral and fragile connection of our emotional selves to our physical selves.

Barboza-Gubo is noted for his past artwork that exhibits symbolism of a human-animal being. The Peruvian artist has two MFAs from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BFA from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru in Lima, Peru. His culture and country influenced his work a great deal. Barboza-Gubo has received several notable awards and nominations including first prize at “78th Regional Exhibition at the Fitchburg Museum”. Currently Barboza-Gubo resides in Providence and works at Rhode Island College as an assistant professor.

Juan José Barboza-Gubo, The Clearing, 2014