A group of voices accompanies me in the exhibition. They are singing words I cannot comprehend, yet the warm tunes are familiar: folk songs, love songs, songs of longing. There are letters, too. They speak of the quotidian details of a soldier's life: the hardness of the war, sending money to the family, and longing for familiar landscapes, food,...
There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...
Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...
Jorge Eielson, Luis Flores, Engel Leonardo, Gerd Leufert, Claudia Martínez Garay, Joiri Minaya, Solange Pessoa, Claudia Peña Salinas and Eduardo Terrazas.
Timothy Taylor, New York is pleased to present ILACIONES, a summer group exhibition organised by Danny Baez showcasing nine artists who are either from or influenced by Latin America, connected through their use of traditional techniques and materials informed by their cultural history. 'Ilaciones' is translated from Spanish as 'nexus' or 'threads', referencing the web of connections between the artists through a commonality of material, gesture, and idea.
Each artist's implementation of material, personal discourse, and theory explores how the creative process is intertwined with manual work, while contextualising it within a historical dimension. The works deal closely with identity in an era defined by globalisation, collectively constituting a political discourse, reinvigorating the exertion and ritual process associated with each artist's practice.
Eduardo Terrazas presents a work from the series 'Possibilities of a Structure', in which he employs techniques inspired by the Huichol people of Jalisco, Durango and Nayarit in Mexico, whereby coloured yarn is arranged into geometric forms on wax-covered boards. Claudia Peña Salinas' practice similarly combines indigenous thought with modern and minimalist structures. Her hanging sculpture Titla uses natural fibres while at the same time relating to the symbols, colours, and materials used by pre-Columbian people. Luis Flores crotchets full-length, life-size figurative sculptures out of yarn, complicating the concept of masculinity through the use of materials and craft techniques traditionally associated with the feminine. Joiri Minaya's work deploys clichés of tropical representation, using textiles to question the performance of tropical identity as cultural production. Jorge Eielson's work addresses the physicality of material through traditional artisanal techniques of stretching and knotting the canvas. Engel Leonardo's works engage with the cultural production of objects and the inherent psychological and sociological discourses implicit within them, presenting a tiled work inspired by pre-Columbian patterns grounded in geometry. Gerd Leufert's work draws on his background in graphic design. The monochromatic, organic forms simultaneously allude to modernist abstraction and pre-Colombian figures; their symmetrical compositions also redolent of Rorschach tests. Claudia Martínez Garay's work is in dialogue with the impact of colonialism on cultural artefacts, questioning their preservation, transformation and eventual circulation. Solange Pessoa's sculptures make reference to her homeland of Brazil, both in tradition and in medium, often using soapstone from local quarries to carve biomorphic shapes representing both the body as well as ancestral landscapes. Her works evoke the metaphysical meaning of the first human tool.
This exhibition honours El Museo del Barrio's 50th anniversary and the important and pivotal role of Latinx cultural production in the United States.
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