This reflection is also available as a zine.

I stopped by the opening reception for Patio-de casa by Edson Rosas at White Bear Center for the Arts. This exhibition is on view July 10-August 19, 2023 at 4971 Long Ave. White Bear Lake, MN 55110.

installation with blue painted wall, print and fake grass

Edson Rosas, Outside Inside, monoprint, relief ink, posca marker, 30″x22″, $275

This poignant exhibition contrasts heavy emotional content with soft shapes and highly saturated colors. Rosas highlights his Mexican roots and concepts of home and family through a combination of printmaking, soft sculpture, and installation.

a cartoonish portrait on a long wall in a gallery

Edson Rosas, Ed, monoprint, relief ink, 30″x22″, $250

The long gallery furnishes the space for contemplation that the work deserves. Attention to edges and negative space throughout the exhibition provide a softness and safety.

color illustration of everyday objects

Edson Rosas, Memories in English, monoprint, relief ink, 30″x22″, $350

Playful imagery and a rainbow of colors invite the viewer in for reflection, while the topics of deportation, borders, and translation take center stage. Rosas brings forward messy unresolved systemic issues related immigration and frames them in a deeply personal way for public consideration.

two abstract trees

Edson Rosas, Sugar Cane, monoprint, relief ink, 30″x22″, SOLD

Some works have no text and just indulge in play, color, and shape, which is also welcome.

text on red, orange, and yellow shapes

Edson Rosas, Guau, monoprint, relief ink, posca marker, 30″x22″, $275

Rosas is generous with his storytelling, sharing intimate reflections filtered through the mechanics of Google translation.

a yellow stuffed flower

Edson Rosas, Outside Inside, monoprint, relief ink, posca marker, 30″x22″, $275

Squishy shapes and artificial grass invite closer inspection and indicate a care and concern for welcoming. Catch this show while you can!

Disclosure: I first me Edson Rosas as a co-worker from my time in the MCAD MFA program.