“Time Lapse” is a show of paintings by Aneet R. Fontes opening at Galería Cubana, 357 Commercial St. in Provincetown, on Thursday, Aug. 19 and running through Aug. 30. Working from photographs, Fontes paints the street corners of Havana, Miami, New York, and Provincetown in glorious one-point perspective. At a distance, the paintings reveal their source material, but step in close and the urban bustle fractures into a tapestry of brushwork. Fontes likes to exploit reflections — in a puddle or a glass facade — that mirror the scene in reverse or upside down. It’s a neat trick that shifts our perspective. The colors are often hot, sometimes muted, but always sharp and clear as they carve out long, deep shadows along the streets. It’s all there — movement, drama, noise, heat, life.
Galería Cubana, 357 Commercial St. in Provincetown, is currently showing “Nuevo Mundo (New World),” paintings by Luis Rodríguez Noa, running through Monday, Aug. 16. Born from Covid isolation, Noa’s works are nonetheless infused with optimism and hope — a figurative symbolism of bright primary colors and doodle-like forms that aspire to connection. The gallery is open Monday, Thursday, and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Soledad Cotidiana” (“Everyday Loneliness”) is a show of new works by Edel Bordón at Galería Cubana, 357 Commercial St. in Provincetown, opening Thursday, July 8th and running through July 19th. Created over the last pandemic year, the 19 works “explore themes of loneliness, separation, and isolation.” The show consists of 13 paintings and six drawings using sewing needle on paper. The gallery is open Monday, Thursday, Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
“De Otra Epoca” (“Of Another Era”) is a show of works by Darwin Estacio Martinez, Dairan Fernandez de la Fuente, and Rudy Rubio. It will be on display at Galería Cubana, 357 Commercial St. in Provincetown, beginning Thursday, June 24th and running through July 5th.
All three artists explore “themes of memory and time, lending commentary on a place where things often stand still in an otherwise changing world,” according to the press release. Rubio’s paintings are inspired by street art and pop culture, whereas de la Fuente’s paintings and woodcuts are nostalgic reflections on industrial life, using a palette of reds, oranges, and greens. Martinez paints minimalist close-ups of men and women in fashionable clothing — starched collars and colorful ties, silk stockings and polished heels.
“El Nido (The Nest),” a show of works by Sandra Dooley, opens at Galería Cubana on Friday, June 11th and runs through June 21st. Dooley is a self-taught artist from Santa Fe, Cuba who paints mostly female subjects engaging in domestic activities. “Home is Dooley’s realm of comfort,” says the description, “both as her personal place of peace and as the focus of her work.” The gallery, located at 357 Commercial St. in Provincetown, is open Monday, Thursday, and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Open now at Galería Cubana and running through Monday, June 7th is “Creer (To Believe),” a show of mixed media paintings by Yasser G. Rittoles and Isolina Limonta. Taking the self-portrait and using a minimal palette with flashes of hot color, Rittoles’s stark imagery addresses issues of racial distress and spiritual malaise.
Though known for her collagraph prints, Limonta moved away from the presses during Covid. She started painting religious icons using Chinese ink. These pared-down, monochromatic works are all about the emotional burden of the pandemic. Dense, abstract washes are overlaid with a filigree of fine detail. The gallery is located at 357 Commercial St. in Provincetown.