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Closing Reception & Artist Talks for Solo Shows by Sean 9 Lugo & Layqa Nuna Yawar

Sep 28, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM


Please join us THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, September 28th, from 7-11pm for the Closing Reception of our double-header solo exhibitions featuring Layqa Nuna Yawar and Sean 9 Lugo.

Deep Space Gallery is proud to present this exhibition featuring solo shows by two artists whose inimitable styles are recognizable in public spaces from Jersey City, Newark, NYC and Philadelphia to El Salvador, Paraguay, and the Dominican Republic. COUNTER/PUBLIC features new works by Layqa Nuna Yawar and LA LUCHA features new works by Sean 9 Lugo. The artist duo are coming back together in Jersey City for the first time since their two-man show at the legendary 58 Gallery nearly a decade ago.
The artists will both be on premises for the Closing Reception — come meet them and ask them about their work. Sean 9 Lugo will be giving an artist talk that begins at 7pm* and Layqa Nuna Yawar will be giving a mural screening and artist talk that begins at 9pm. Don’t miss them!
*The first 20 people in attendance at the Closing Reception will receive a complimentary sticker pack from Sean 9 Lugo himself.
**NOTE** Those who cannot attend the closing reception this Saturday can contact the gallery at deepspacejc@gmail.com for a catalog of available works or to schedule a gallery visit any day or evening this week.
See more about the solo exhibitions in the artists’ own words below ~
COUNTER/PUBLIC featuring Layqa Nuna Yawar

The Counter/Public is the space where the subaltern change culture and create counter narratives that uplift our voices and fit our own definitions of who we are. The Counter/Public is the switching from English to a private language so you can curse at your boss, to say tenders things to your lover, to express the complexity of your being. The Counter/Public is an internal space for healing, a private realm that deals with our trauma and a strategy of survival against governments that dehumanize and scapegoat our existence. Counter/Public is a collection of new and recent work by Layqa Nuna Yawar that speaks about these truths and exists as a fold to his public mural work. These paintings, drawings and sculptures focus on the artist’s own migrant history in order to speak about a larger communal experience of people of color living in the USA at a time of crisis.

LA LUCHA featuring Sean 9 Lugo:

No stranger to struggle, La Lucha is the most personal body of work to date by Sean 9 Lugo. It delves into what’s really behind the mask, touching on [sensitive] subjects that many are too afraid to admit to. It is the depression we are unable to face; the corners that we grew up on; the uncertainty of where our next meal will come from; the five finger discounts we [sometimes hesitantly] get; and the beat downs that come our way, all of which is worth it in the end due to the love in our lives.

About the Artists:

Layqa Nuna Yawar is a migrant artist, muralist and educator born in Ecuador and based out of Newark, USA. His large scale murals, paintings and projects question injustice, racism and xenophobia, while celebrating cross-cultural identity and migration in order to amplify the silenced narratives of people of color around the Americas and the world.

Sean 9 Lugo describes himself as a brown boy representing the duality of both Latin and American culture and experiences through masks that can either misconceive or stereotype perceptions. His art has a street element, but he does not consider himself a street artist. His images are meticulously done by hand, but he does not consider himself a fine artist. He is self-taught and creates art for himself, not for others. He describes his art as not fine-tuned because struggle and imperfections are the experiences echoed in his work.

Artists’ Press:

*For a catalog of available works from this show or for gallery hours, email us at deepspacejc@gmail.com or message us here.

Hope to see you on Saturday!!

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