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Tag: Alfredo Arreguin

Sep.
5th

Alfredo Arreguin paints lush mysteries at the Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth Gallery

Work by Alfredo Arreguin, now up at the Handforth Gallery, Tacoma Public Library main branch. Courtesy image.

Alfredo Arreguin sees patterns. The Mexican-born, Seattle-based artist whose work is in the National Museum of American Art and has shown at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, paints lush landscapes comprised of patterns – intricate geometrics that hide or reveal larger portraits of animals or people. It’s a masterful effect, but the only chance Tacomans have had to see this work lately is at the Tacoma Art Museum, where Arreguin’s Frida Kahlo portrait was included in the exhibit about her several years ago. Now the Handforth Gallery at the Tacoma Public Library main branch is full of these mysterious, lush-colored patterns, each mingling Arreguin’s Mexican roots with visions of his adopted Northwest home in “Alfredo Arreguin: Selected Paintings.”

Staring into each of these paintings is like a journey back and forth along the eye’s perspective plane. In “El Arete,” for instance (the Kahlo portrait), Frida stares fiercely out with unblinking dark eyes, her lips blood-red, her hair-piece immaculately beautiful. But close-up her curvy outlines and smooth skin are made up of a grid of cross-like flowers and vaguely Native American faces, squares and diamonds alternating with subtly colored outlines. The effect is both wild and tamed, order coming out of chaos, a living person at once assembling from and dispersing into the atoms of the land that produced her. Read more »