Roberto Torres Mata and CultureWorks
January 26–February 23, 2023
Movement with the marks
roberto torres mata
First-generation artist Roberto Torres Mata uses multimedia methods to delve into the many facets of human migration. Movement with the Marks explores the complex societal forces and emotional experiences encountered by migrants. With Torres Mata’s intricate use of layering, “each work can speak through color and embody the triumph of overcoming the obstacles migrants face.” Pairing his screenprints with sculptural staffs, this body of work compels viewers to “understand what it means to be human and become more empathetic.”
Torres Mata is currently based in Wisconsin, where he earned his M.A. and MFA in printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His work is in both university and private collections, and has been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Figge Art Museum, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and more.
Mark Making: creating community through screenprinting
cultureworks & hope college student exhibition
The prints in this exhibition were created by students from Hope College and local high schools in a workshop hosted by CultureWorks and led by Roberto Torres Mata. Throughout the workshop, the students considered themes of identity and culture, ideas brought up by Torres Mata’s own artwork. Students worked with spontaneity, creating their images directly on the screens. This improvisational method of markmaking resulted in evocative, many-layered prints that ask viewers to consider their own perceptions of community.
This workshop and exhibition were made possible with the help of a Mellon Foundation Community-Based Initiative grant. Many thanks to the Mellon Foundation and CultureWorks for their support and collaboration.
Photographs courtesy of Roberto Torres Mata and Suzy Parker.
De Pree Art Center275 Columbia AvenueHolland, MI 49423