John Vasquez Mejias’s Bouabré or Somebody #ArtTuesday
MoMA shares John Vasquez Mejias’s detailed woodcut series Bouabré or Somebody.
“Bouabré struck me as a person who was just hungry to make art,” says visual artist and educator John Vasquez Mejias. “He made observations about creativity in a wonderfully infectious way.” Mejias, the author of the “woodcut novelette” The Puerto Rican War, created this story in response to the MoMA exhibition Frédéric Bruly Bouabré: World Unbound. The images below are wood blocks Mejias carved and photographed. “Printmaking is a way of thinking that really connected with me when I discovered it in my teens,” he says. “You’re subtracting instead of adding. Sometimes making your brain go backwards. I enjoy the physicality of it all.”
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