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Arts and Performance

The Imagined Word: Artist Talk Reception

January 24, 2020 at 6:00pm8:00pm EST

Nancy Cantor Warehouse, Point of Contact Gallery

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The Imagined Word at Point of Contact Gallery is an installation of 22 drawings by Rafael Trelles, all of which employ references to Hispanic and world literature. A creator of alternate worlds, he brings the viewer on a voyage to an esoteric universe of characters in dreamlike settings, where solitude reigns. An artist talk starting at 6 p.m. will be followed by a reception. Admission is free and open to the public. There will be a cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres served.


From Santurce, Puerto Rico, Rafael Trelles (b. 1957) is one of the most recognized artists in the Caribbean as a master painter, printmaker, installation artist, stage and costume designer. Trelles completed a bachelor’s degree at the University of Puerto Rico and conducted his postgraduate studies at the National University of Mexico.

In the mid-1980s, Trelles resided in the Canary Islands, where he produced a series of paintings titled The Universal Tarot, which resembles his later works’ use of mysticism and magic. Returning to Puerto Rico in 1986, he dedicated himself to his art, and to the artist group El Alfil (Image and Word), which he co-founded in 1994.

Trelles also explores public spaces through his art using a pressure hose on old forgotten walls, sidewalks, and other surfaces, a genre he calls “urban graphic art” seen in the 2007 documentary En Concreto (On Concrete). The film illustrates this experimental graphic work originally designed for abandoned sectors of worldwide cities.

This program is possible thanks to the support of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Office of Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community, the Coalition of Museum and Art Centers (CMAC) at Syracuse University and the Puerto Rican Student Association (PRSA).

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This event was published on January 17, 2020.

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Free parking will be available on the night of the reception in the Syracuse University lot on the corner of West and West Fayette street.