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"Limbo" art exhibit in East Boston

Posted by Dan Wasserman  September 10, 2008 12:31 PM

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On Friday, Sept. 12, The New England Gallery of Latin American Art (NEGLAA) in East Boston is opening a show of the work of Colombian artist and graphic designer Leo Espinosa. The show, titled "Limbo," explores the in-betweenness of various states of mind, particularly the immigrant experience, in a series of dreamy, arresting creations.


Espinosa explains: "Through a variety of mediums, including prints, paintings and sculpture, I am considering the concept of Limbo as a state of mind affected by social and geographical events. These works focus on change and all that it encompasses: new directions, waiting, feelings of being uprooted and in limbo between two worlds, the passage of time, and a sequence of coincidences that I experienced and am still experiencing. As an immigrant from Latin America who has lived in a different society and culture for many years now, I have come to accept this state of mind as a new country; one without a physical form but a psychological, more complex one; one that provides identity. Limbo is a place that is not really a place; it is an intermediate idea that is at once temporary and permanent, a transitional and imaginary moment.

The exhibit runs through Nov. 30.

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Dan Wasserman has been cartooning for the Globe editorial page since 1985. He has published two collections of drawings, "We've Been Framed" (Faber & Faber, 1987) and "Paper Cuts" (Ivan R. Dee, 1995). His cartoons are widely reprinted and are syndicated internationally by Tribune Media Services. He draws more quickly than he types.