'Felipe Dulzaides: A Billboard Project' Appears Along US 40
October 1, 2008
October 1, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - Motorists traveling along U.S. 40 just outside of Greencastle are seeing an outdoor art installation commissioned by DePauw University and created by Cuban-American artist Felipe Dulzaides. "Felipe Dulzaides: A Billboard Project" will remain on view through November 19. (at left and below: Felipe Dulzaides, All That We've Been Missing, 2008; double-sided billboard)
Dulzaides, a Cuban-born artist who currently resides in San Francisco, was commissioned by DePauw to create two billboards, which are located on U.S. 40, one-half mile west of U.S. 231 South, just outside of Greencastle. The imagery on the billboards explores the real and metaphorical borders that separate the United States and Cuba, and directly reflect the theme of the 2008 DePauw ArtsFest, a campus-wide celebration of the creative, visual and performing arts: "Art and Borders."
The double-sided billboard features images taken of -- and from -- Varadero Beach, the northernmost point of the island of Cuba and, therefore, the closest point from Cuba to the United States. The project -- titled 'All That We've Been Missing' -- features an image of Varadero Beach and the Atlantic Ocean on the west-facing side, while the east-facing side of the billboard features an image of the jet stream of an airplane traveling to the United States (Miami). The images on the billboards are intended to highlight several things, including Dulzaides' bi/multicultural life, his history and experience as an artist and a Cuban-American; the fragmentation and distortion of information about Cuba that reaches the United States; and notions of isolation and migration. Through this project Dulzaides hopes to stimulate a subtle, aesthetic experience for viewers by subverting the billboard's assumed intention and focusing on the viewer's immediate reality (fall/winter in Greencastle, Indiana vs. a sunny beach in Cuba).
Feliupe Dulzaides was born in Cuba in 1965 to a family of musicians and poets. His work spans installation, video, photography and public art. He earned a BFA in Theater from the Instituto Superior de Arte de la Havana (1989), and an M.F.A. in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute (2001). His work has been exhibited internationally at venues including the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Centro Cultural de España in Havana, Cuba; REDCAT, Los Angeles; and the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany, among others. He was selected to participate in the 2008 Gwanju Biennale in South Korea, and is the recipient of a Cintas Fellowship (2001) and received a Creative Work Fund award (2004-05). He is currently based in San Francisco, where he is a visiting faculty member in the new genres department of the San Francsico Art Institute.
The billboards will be installed through November 19, a period of time concurrent with ArtsFest 2008, DePauw's annual celebration of the arts that showcases the creative and performing arts talents of members of the DePauw community and visiting artists. Celebrating its sixth year, "ArtsFest 2008: Art & Borders" will include art that explores the intensifying global debate over the parameters of national, cultural and intellectual identities. ArtsFest 2008 opens on Thursday, October 30 and continues through Sunday, November 9, 2008. Events will include concerts, theatre performances, art exhibitions, readings, films and lectures. Learn more here.
A solo exhibition of Dulzaides's work -- "Felipe Dulzaides: Nothing Happens, Twice" -- will take place at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center from October 8 through November 9. An opening reception and artist talk are schedule for Wednesday, October 8, from 4-6 pm at the Peeler Art Center.
The galleries at the Richard E. Peeler Art Center are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m., and are closed during University breaks and holidays.Back