Category: Mixed Media

Calendar. 03.21.12.

Untitled, by Thornton Dial. Part of the group show Materiality at Allegra LaViola, also featuring the work of Joey Archuleta, Yevgeniya Baras and Matt Stone. On view through April 21. (Image courtesy of the artist and Allegra LaViola.)

  • London: Dan Graham, Pavilions, at Lisson Gallery. Opens today.
  • L.A.: A 24-hour screening of Christian Marclay’s The Clock at LACMA, starts Saturday at noon. The best part: there will be donuts!!!!
  • NYC: Alyssa Pheobus Mumtaz, Hourglass, at Tracy Williams Ltd. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
  • NYC: Color Photographs from the WPA (1939-1943) at Carriage Trade. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Tribeca.
  • Plus: Get all my New York picks over at Gallerina

What I’m Reading: PRISM Index #2.

The second issue of PRISM Index, the beautifully crafted mixed-media literary/art/music mag  is out and it’s looking just as beautiful as the first (which I wrote about here). As with the first go around, it’s got a lovely silkscreen cover stuffed with stories and art. (I’m digging the pieces by John Malta and Michael Deforge). The hand-stitched package also includes a DVD of short films and a CD of rare and unreleased music which is excellent for moody, bluesy chill-outs (really liking Ohioan’s Come, Reap). This is definitely a publication to dive into and get lost in.

Pick up a copy here.

Calendar. 02.22.11.

Kin XXXII (Run Like the Wind), 2008 by Whitfield Lovell. Part of the exhibit More Than You Know at the Smith College Museum of Art, in Northampton, Mass., through May 1. (Image courtesy of the Smith College Museum of Art.)

The light of the many.

Untitled (5×5) (Sin Título [5x5]), 2006 by Alejandro Almanza Pereda at El Museo del Barrio. (Photo by C-M.)

Along with the rest of the world, I’ve spent the past week riveted by what’s happening in Egypt. Partially because both my parents come from countries where oppressive dictatorships have had their run of things. And partially because there is something exhilarating about watching people come together to say, Enough. Naturally, as today’s violent clashes showed, this will be no velvet revolution. Mubarak has run the country under an autocratic state-of-emergency fiat since he took office in 1981. Opposition members are routinely harassed, arrested and tortured. Mubarak, it appears, isn’t about to just slip quietly into the night.

All of these things were on my mind yesterday as I made my way around El Museo del Barrio‘s newly reorganized permanent collection galleries and came across the above piece by Alejandro Almanza Pereda: a row of light bulbs topped by a heavy concrete block. I’m not always a fan of his work (which can get grandiosely overwrought), but this piece seemed to speak to the protest zeitgeist.

Most interestingly, the museum has a program in which groups of local high school students develop the wall text that goes along with the works. Here is what Noel Vega, Rey Flores, Jordan Vega, Aaron Jones and Charmaine Sloan, from Emily N. Carey High, had to say about Pereda’s sculpture:

Alejandro described the light bulbs as the soul of the structure. Just like a building where columns hold up a structure, the bulbs are the columns and when lit it gives an allegory of stress and time. We feel that Alejandro’s pieces are very unique. They are interesting because of the way he sets up the heavy materials on top of lighter materials that anyone wouldn’t think would hold it up. The purpose of his work, we think, is to show that a single thing can’t hold up something heavy but if it’s in a group anything is possible.

Nicely done.

Photos: Dominican artists Quintapata at the Centro Cultural de España in Lima.

Boobies!!! A whole wall of them. The piece is titled Muro, 2009 by Raquel Paiewonsky. (Photos by C-M.)

While my mission on this trip to Lima has been to eat and to eat again, I have managed to sneak in a few visits to art galleries between degustaciones. The best show thus far has been an exhibit of contemporary Dominican art that I happened to catch at the Centro Cultural de España on the Plaza Washington, near downtown. The show, Mover la roca (Move the Rock), features new works by the D.R. arts collective Quintapata, whose members are Tony Capellán, Pascal Meccariello, Raquel Paiewonsky, Jorge Pineda and Belkis Ramírez. Overall, a highly interesting show. And way better than the couch art I’ve been admiring at many of the city’s commercial art galleries.

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