Soka University to unveil Argentine art display – Orange County Register

For the first time in seven years, Argentine artists Sebastián Chillemi and Pablo Salvadó will display new artwork at Soka University in Aliso Viejo as part of their new exhibit of roughly 150 pieces of art.

The exhibit, titled “Sleeping in the forest: dreamscapes of nature and society,” will run at Soka University Sept. 14 through Jan. 7, 2018.

Natives of Buenos Aires, both Chillemi and Salvadó said their newest work, which took about nine months to complete, focuses on “appealing to the senses.”

“What I try to communicate is a sort of very subtle atmosphere of poetry that can bring you a moment where you look at a picture and travel somewhere else,” Chillemi said via a translation from Salvadó.

It’s the first time the artists have traveled to Soka since 2010.

Their relationship with the university started nearly a decade ago when a professor saw their work at a street fair in Argentina in 2008.

At the time, Salvadó said, their art “had a more political focus,” including mention of thousands of Argentines who disappeared under a political regime in the 1970s and 1980s.

The duo’s current work focuses more on nature and “imaginary, intimate landscapes,” Salvadó said.

Both will present at the exhibit opening at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.

“I wish for the best always (and) for people to give me feedback,” Salvadó said of the upcoming exhibit. “It doesn’t matter if it’s good or bad. Feedback is always helpful.”

The exhibit will be on display Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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