Reception for Roberto Lugo’s BORICUA, BARRIO, BARRO
October 5, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Ceramic artist Roberto Lugo brings his potter’s wheel directly to the people of North Philadelphia in his first solo exhibition at Taller. Boricua, Barrio, Barro (Puerto Rican, Neighborhood, Clay) is Lugo’s homecoming show to the neighborhood he grew up in and pays homage to the creativity and resourcefulness of the men and women he knew.
This unique show foregrounds Lugo’s creative process, transforming the gallery into a studio where Lugo established connections with the public as he shares his artistic process and vision. The exhibition highlights an essential aspect of his work: the acknowledgment that he is a person of color who has escaped the confines of poverty and racism through his introduction to ceramic art. This realization is as much a characteristic of his nature as it is of his art, and it is what he believes binds him to those who share in his lived experiences. During June and part of July, the artist was at work in the gallery. All visitors were encouraged even when the artist is not present to explore his studio, shape clay, or sit and ponder the artwork.