A couple of days ago, a single ray of light from a clerestory window at Qorikancha illuminated a single stack of bottles from Celso‘s La Luz installation (at left), in Cuzco, Peru. Final night is tonight. Please come by at 7pm and take home a piece of the work. (Photo by C-M; click on the image to see it large.)
- Chicago: MCA DNA: John Cage, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chiago. Opens Saturday.
- NYC: Doris Duke’s Shangri-La, at the Museum of Arts & Design. Opens next Tuesday, at Columbus Circle.
- NYC: Petrochemical America: Photographs by Richard Misrach, Throughlines by Kate Orff/SCAPE, at Aperture. Through October 6, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Myths and Realities, at SVA’s Visual Arts Gallery. Opens today, in Chelsea.
- Kingston, NY: Maria Kozak and Richard Saja, The Other, More Secret Garden, at One Mile Gallery. Opens Saturday, in the Hudson Valley.
Schematic for La Luz, to be installed by Celso at the old Inca sun temple in Cusco, Peru.
Yes, I’m asking for money.
This summer, I’m going to be working as studio assistant/translator/chasqui for my partner-in-crime Celso on a series of installations that will go up at the Qorikancha the old Inca sun temple in Cusco, Peru. For the project — which is titled La Luz — he’ll be building a series of architectural installations around the ruins grounds (and the attached Dominican monastery) using several hundred bottles of Inca Kola, the nuclear yellow Peruvian soda (see images above and below). It will be a pop paean to the gold that once covered the site. The piece will be pulled apart and re-installed in a new location every three days. At the end of each installation, the public will be allowed to take the Inca Kola home.
The museum that manages the site, the Museo Qorikancha y Convento de Santo Domingo, has commissioned the piece. But as with most arts institutions in Peru, the budgets are tiny. Which is why we’re asking for your help. This is going to be a beautiful project — unlike anything the museum has ever done. So pleasepleaseplease help us get to Peru! Any donation, no matter how small, makes a difference.
Please click through to Celso’s Kickstarter to send us your pennies. We have all kinds of goodies for rewards. And we promise that your donations will be wisely and prudently spent (on lots of Inca Kola). If you’re a regular reader, please think of this as a way to help me keep doing what I love to do — namely, writing about great-weird art I find wherever I happen to be.
Thanks so much! And thanks for reading C-Mon!!!
Inca Kola truck in Lima. (Photo by Impact Tarmac.)
I’m off to run around one of my motherlands for several weeks to nibble on ceviche, devour anticuchos, gobble aji de gallina and drink as much nuclear yellow soda as is humanly possible. This means that blogging will likely be sparse. But you are always welcome to follow this little adventure on Twitter, where I’ll be filing semi-regular micro-dispatches on food, art, food, history, food, culture and, oh yes…food.
¡Que viva el Perú, carajo!