Bestiario, from Spanish, can be roughly translated into "a collection or grouping of beasts."
Similarly, a menagerie, a Gallicism, is typically imagined as a collection of savage, diverse creatures —traditionally transplanted, extracted, in solitary captivity or placed alongside unlikely counterparts in a strange or artificial environment.
In Bestiario/Menagerie, the Adobe Books Gallery's white cube acts like a diorama for a wild collection of artworks —bodies, entities, and environmental modules imitating, and punning, the menageries of old.
Bestiario/Menagerie showcases art by artists based in San Juan, New York City, and San Francisco, invoking a unique assemblage of works that stimulates the imagination and connects the work of the selected artists, each referencing topics like fantastic creatures, a variety of mythos, anatomy, and terrestrial phenomena.
Mónica Félix (NYC)
Fernando Pintado (NYC)
Marcela Pardo Ariza (SF)
Mya Pagán (SJ)
Rafael Miranda-Matei (SJ)
Sebastián Álvarez (SF)
Paula Morales (SF)
Santiago Insignares (SF)
María Guzmán-Capron (SF)
Lionel Cruet (NYC),
Abdiel Segarra-Ríos (SJ/Madrid, Spain)
The exhibition is curated by Á.R. Vázquez-Concepción, San Francisco-based independent curator graduate from California College of the Arts and founder of Cranium Corporation, a platform for fostering dialogue about the work of contemporary artists and exhibitions.