past exhibition

June 2017: Nathan Orosco: Blue Jaguar


In his first solo show at Blackfish Gallery, Nathan Orosco exhibits sculptures and drawings that are experimental in form, color and material combinations.

The artist’s latest imagery is inspired, in part, by his interest in the jaguar, a big cat that once inhabited the Americas from Argentina, north to Central America, Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California. By the early 60s, hunting had forced the creature to the brink of extinction in the United States. The jaguar has a wide territorial range that disregards national borders. As a result, conservationists’ attempts to restore and protect the species in the US have run into conflict with anti-immigration enthusiasm for border walls. Echoes of the current political and humanitarian controversy over immigration thread through the exhibit.

Orosco’s meditations on the plight of the North American jaguar and its metaphorical context take the form of “altered state” portraits in concrete, bronze, glass and other raw materials. These and several 2-d mixed media portraits emphasize the human stare or a “witnessing state,” as Orosco describes it. Installation work that combines hard materials such as aluminum, wood, silver and glass with soft raw clay, silicon and flowing fabric rounds out the exhibition.