Medios y Ambientes at Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City

Posted July 2nd, 2012 by dawire

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L1050203 Medios y Ambientes at Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City

Nayda Collazo-Llorens, REVERB, Installation View.

Medios y Ambientes includes the work of eight artists who use and expand notions of space to challenge the preconceived limits of objects and artistic mediums. Working in diverse techniques and media such as painting, photography, mixed media sculpture, video, architecture and installation, the work proposes the spectator relationship as a central theme by creating diverse environments of total immersion. Read the rest of this post »

Guillermo Alvarez-Charvel: Anatomies

Posted June 26th, 2012 by dawire

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OL019992 Guillermo Alvarez Charvel: Anatomies
“The body can be compared to a work of art.”
Maurice Merleau-Ponty

Guillermo Álvarez Charvel uses a simple folding of a sheet of paper as a fundamental creative act for the composition of objects from books and documents of encyclopedic knowledge inherited from scientific rationalism and positivism which surfaced during modernity. He composes a work by a process of transfiguration that changes the form of perception, from the two-dimensional flat format of a publication on paper, to a new form with volume. The drawing gives the invisible visible existence, reveals a world resting on experience – in this case, the experience of the perceptible body in the senses through the sensations. Read the rest of this post »

Raquel Torres Arzola at AREA

Posted June 19th, 2012 by dawire

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vista+parcial+1 Raquel Torres Arzola at AREA

Installation View. The Thousand and One Nights.

There are times when unexpectedly an artist breaks away from a trend. Puerto Rico, an island with many creative minds but few institutional frameworks to support them, has been recently the site for works that either confront its ambiguous political situation, rather directly and simplistically, or limit themselves to trivial representations of tropical clichés and its derivative forms. It is precisely in these characteristics that this exhibition stands out. Currently an MFA candidate at the San Francisco Art Institute, Raquel Torres-Arzola, who has been working under the tutelage of her advisor artist Victor Vázquez, has put together a thought provoking and intelligent exhibition at AREA that addresses domestic as well as dogmatic power structures, but also posits sculpture as a formal and conceptual language of materials by which the intangible is materialized. Read the rest of this post »

La Práctica: Fellowship Program at Beta Local, Call for Applications.

Posted May 12th, 2012 by dawire

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tim003 640 La Práctica: Fellowship Program at Beta Local, Call for Applications.

Visiting artist Tim Portlock talks to La Práctica about the relationship between his work and the conventions of 19th century American painting traditions. 2012

Beta-Local is an organization and a physical space in San Juan, Puerto Rico founded in 2009 and devoted to aesthetic thought and practice. Most of what Beta-Local does comes out of three main programs: La Práctica, an interdisciplinary production-based fellowship program, The Harbor, an artist residency program in support of La Práctica, and La Ivan Illich, an open school. Read the rest of this post »

Christto Sanz & Andrew Jay Weir at Katara Art Center

Posted April 30th, 2012 by dawire

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02 Christto Sanz & Andrew Jay Weir at Katara Art Center

Puerto Rican Artist Christto Sanz who currently resides in Doha, Qatar has realized his first exhibition in the Middle East. In collaboration with the South African artist Andrew Jay Weir they have developed a project that concludes with the principle idea of an extended identity. With a touch of irony and humor they present different personalities with different elements that demonstrate a shared identity between the “East” and the “West”.  Read the rest of this post »

Manuel Rodríguez-Delgado & Rafael Miranda at METRO

Posted April 30th, 2012 by dawire

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IMG 2710 Manuel Rodríguez Delgado & Rafael Miranda at METRO

Rafael Miranda, participative action.

“The future is there,” Cayce hears herself say, “looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become. And from where they are, the past behind us will look nothing at all like the past we imagine behind us now.”

William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

If we are today merely fiction, then, the narrative of life begins to unfold in the interstices of time, space and distance. Science fiction, or perhaps we should consider it just fiction, attempts to collapse the temporal space between the present and the future. Read the rest of this post »

Busy Bees: An essay by Deborah Cullen, Chief Curator, 2012 Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan

Posted April 24th, 2012 by dawire

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IMG 2691 Busy Bees: An essay by Deborah Cullen, Chief Curator, 2012 Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan

Charles Juhász-Alvarado

Sometimes artists do it better than curators. Oftentimes, in fact, they get right to the heart of the matter without our didactic curatorial worries. The project at Casa de los Contrafuertes, convened by Charles Juhász-Alvarado (with Néstor Barreto), shows rather than tells. It is a must-see event. Inspired by the theme set forth for this year’s Trienal Poli/gráfica de San Juan, “El Panal/The Hive,” these busy bees have enacted a hive of their own, thus affirming the curatorial premise that artists working with other artists remains a powerful and productive creative force. Read the rest of this post »

Adán Vallecillo: Topografías I & II and Segmentario

Posted April 9th, 2012 by dawire

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SRQ7178 Adán Vallecillo: Topografías I & II and Segmentario

Topografía I

Topografías I & II and Segmentario, projects by artist Adán Vallecillo, were presented last February at the ARCO Madrid art Fair, Solo Projects section. Read the rest of this post »

Duplicitous Storytellers at Casa del Lago, Mexico City, curated by Fabiola Iza

Posted March 28th, 2012 by dawire

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IMG 4263 1 4 2 5 3 fused Duplicitous Storytellers at Casa del Lago, Mexico City, curated by Fabiola Iza

General view

Duplicitous Storytellers is an exhibition whose point of departure posits rewriting as a conceptual strategy. A repositioning of the notion of the author— the product long-standing research on the construction of genre and figures, as well as historical and artistic movements—resounds in a dialogue among exhibition pieces. Read the rest of this post »

Cuerpo Presente at Museo de Arte de Ponce

Posted February 14th, 2012 by dawire

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IMG 0083 Cuerpo Presente at Museo de Arte de Ponce

Five special projects featuring Puerto Rican artists are currently on view at the Museo de Arte de Ponce. Curated by Arlette de la Serna, Cuerpo Presente presents visually engaging approaches to the body that are not only corporeal approximations, but also expand to critical interpretations of politics, culture and spirituality. The exhibition features works by Adal Maldonado, Elsa María Meléndez, Norah Hernández and Jaime and Javier Suárez.

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