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Jose Luis López Reus 
Che Lovelace

This is the third collaboration between the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva), UNESCO's International Fund for the Promotion of Culture, and the Gasworks Studios. Che Lovelace and Jose López Reus were awarded UNESCO ASCHBURG Bursaries for Artists 1997/8 and worked at the Gasworks Gallery from February to April.

Jose López Reus worked with forms tracing cross sections of his own body, which were then transferred onto glass. The scale of this work and the level of each horizontally suspended section corresponded with precise measurements of the body. The images were realised through different degrees of transparency, from mirrored reflection to sandblasted opacity.

Che Lovelace's paintings can be seen as sites where the cultural identities undergo transformation. Lovelace worked using literal and conceptual devices which both revealed and concealed: paintings became windows, blinds and curtains were moved at the viewers will. This process enabled the viewer to experience the meeting of cultures in new ways, reminding us that these precious constructs we call identities are never entirely of our own making. Lopez-Rues is from Caracas and has exhibited widely including Mercosul Biennale (Brazil) Barro de America Biennale (Venezuela) and solo exhibitions in Barcelona and Caracas. Born in San Fernando, Trinidad, Che Lovelace has exhibited in the Santo Domingo Biennale (Dominican Republic) New York, New Jersey, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles) Martinique and Trinidad.

Jose Luis López Reus 
Che Lovelace

This is the third collaboration between the Institute of International Visual Arts (inIVA), UNESCO's International Fund for the Promotion of Culture, and the Gasworks Studios. Che Lovelace and Jose Lopez-Rues were awarded UNESCO ASCHBURG Bursaries for Artists 1997/8 and worked at the Gasworks Gallery from February to April.

Lopez Rues worked with forms tracing cross sections of his own body, which were then transferred onto glass. The scale of this work and the level of each horizontally suspended section corresponded with precise measurements of the body. The images were realised through different degrees of transparency, from mirrored reflection to sandblasted opacity.

Che Lovelace's paintings can be seen as sites where the cultural identities undergo transformation. Lovelace worked using literal and conceptual devices which both revealed and concealed: paintings became windows, blinds and curtains were moved at the viewers will. This process enabled the viewer to experience the meeting of cultures in new ways, reminding us that these precious constructs we call identities are never entirely of our own making. Lopez-Rues is from Caracas and has exhibited widely including Mercosul Biennale (Brazil) Barro de America Biennale (Venezuela) and solo exhibitions in Barcelona and Caracas. Born in San Fernando, Trinidad, Che Lovelace has exhibited in the Santo Domingo Biennale (Dominican Republic) New York, New Jersey, Curacao (Netherlands Antilles) Martinique and Trinidad.