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Antonio Martorell, a Puerto Rican artist, has collaborated on works around the world.

Artist Martorell addresses "Fear, Art and Freedom"


In conjunction with a Latino Arts show at the United Community Center, Puerto Rican artist Antonio Martorell speaks on "Fear, Art and Freedom" in Milwaukee tonight and tomorrow evening.

Martorell's installation, "La Plena Immortal," is a mixed media representation of the intersecting streams of life, death, war and love. His work focuses on concepts of mortality and self-reflection through a blend of wood cuts, paper collage and stanzas written by the author.

"La Plena Immortal" is a travelling installation previously featured at galleries, community colleges and organizations throughout the world.

Martorell is a well known artist, writer and television broadcaster. Despite spending time in both Spain and Mexico, Martorell, driven by his Puerto Rican roots, created "Taller Alacran" in 1967 as a method for artists to distribute politically charged posters to the masses.

In recent years, his work has focused more directly on Puerto Rican culture and less on politics but the incendiary nature of his design and motivation continues.

You can hear Martorell speak tonight at 6 p.m. at Carroll University or tomorrow night in UWM's Peck School of the Arts starting at 7 p.m.

"La Plena Immortal" is on display at Latino Arts through March 20. Check the Latino Arts Web site for more information.


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