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Mind Maps: The ReGeneration Anniversary Show
2/23/2006 - 4/22/2006
Galería’s ReGeneration Program for emerging artists launched Mind Maps, its ten-year anniversary exhibition previewing the unexpected mental landscapes imagined by the next generation’s brightest Latino/a artists. Curated by the ReGeneration Advisory Board.
  Galería Exhibitions Mind Maps: The ReGeneration Anniversary Show <2006>
Illegal Entry <2006>
Digital Mural Project: Dulce Pinzón <2006>
Digital Mural Project: Julio Morales & William Scott <2006>
Encounters: The YPM's Greatest Hits <2006>
African by Legacy, Mexican by Birth <2006>
Digital Mural Project: Branca Nitzsche <2006>
Graphic Witness: Works by Jesus Barraza & Juan R. Fuentes <2006>
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By Richard Godinez

If a map records the details of, and relationships between, the objects and spaces of a given environment, it also describes the mindset and worldview of the mapmaker. MIND MAPS lets us enjoy both the subjective "maps" of contemporary reality created by eight emerging Latina/Latino artists and the inner processes of perception, reflection, and creation, which produced them.

Creativity is always a subtle and delicate matter. And while deeply personal, it is also informed by the specific circumstances in which it operates. Arriving from various backgrounds at this early point in their careers, the artists of MIND MAPS consider life and the world from a thought provoking array of perspectives, and with an admirable range of talents and insights. Together, their work defines a terrain at once social, cultural, historical, political, psychological, emotional, and spiritual. Like a topographical map, the artists describe not only the breadth of contemporary experience in all its variety and texture, but the depth of the human reaction to it as well.

Perhaps what is most important about this exhibition is how the specific context of each artist’s work is so beautifully balanced by a broad, inclusive understanding of the possibilities of experience. Rather than representing a limited awareness, appreciation of their particular socio-cultural background provides each artist a clear sense of self and purpose that better allows them to recognize and appreciate the commonalities that bridge the apparent differences between peoples, cultures, and societies. For much of this work is precisely about connection, and forging understandings across perceived boundaries: the borders drawn by maps being, after all, only imaginary constructs.