March 17, 2005 - ArtPace | San Antonio - Hopscotch: Art & Social Aesthetics
March 17, 2005

Hopscotch: Art & Social Aesthetics

Hopscotch: Art & Social Aesthetics
March 23 - May 8, 2005

Artpace San Antonio
445 North Main Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78205 1441
T 210 212 4900
F 210 212 4990

www.artpace.org

Artpace San Antonio announces the opening of new projects by 05.1 resident artists Daniel Joseph Martinez (Los Angeles, CA), Cruz Ortiz (San Antonio, TX), and Bojan Sarcevic (Paris, France), selected by guest curator Victor Zamudio-Taylor, Independent Curator, Critic and Scholar, Mexico City, Mexico and New York, NY. For New Works: 05.1 Zamudio-Taylor has selected a group of artists whose works address historical and contemporary issues reminiscent of Julio Cortazar’s classic novel Hopscotch which may be read in multiple manners that deals with the fragmented identity of displaced individuals traversing between Europe and Latin America. He states, “From shifting cultural locations, all three artists research and articulate themes related to displacement, translation, and cultural negotiation. In poetic manners and with formal rigor, the 05.1 residents engage art as a process, practice and experience of knowledge.”

Celebrate the completion of new works at the Opening Reception and Artists’ Dialogue, Wednesday, March 23, 6:30-8:30pm, as Zamudio-Taylor joins the artists in conversation about the Artpace projects. New Works: 05.1 is on view through May 8.
About the Artists
Throughout his trajectory as a cross-interdisciplinary conceptual artist, Daniel Joseph Martinez has dealt with poignant issues involving representation, power and subjectivity. Whether drawing from cultural and social issues, and intellectual history, a unifying thread in his work is the examination of poetics and politics. With a formal rigor he handles a variety of languages and works with diverse disciplines –urban studies, architecture, science, linguistics, cultural studies– that best suit his inquiry. The resulting exhibition of his residence – A Meditation on the Possibility of Romantic Love or Where You Goin’ With That Gun In Your Hand, Bobby Seale and Huey Newton Discuss the Relationship Between Abstract Expressionism and Social Reality Present in Hitler’s Paintings – critiques ideologies and aesthetics to explore visions and versions of art, and its place in society at large.
Cruz Ortiz uses print, performance, and video to embrace issues relating to the Chicano experience. Replacing classical icons with symbols of contemporary pop culture, Ortiz’s work maintains a tense relationship with consumerism. One is never sure whether he is selling an idea, a product, or a revolution. In but still I’d leap in front of a flyin’ bullet for you, Ortiz’s work is multi-layered, cross-cultural, and unconventionally charged. His methodological approach forsakes institutional space for guerilla tactics and public outreach.
Bojan Sarcevic‘s poetic works approach a coherent articulation of the global condition of displacement. Through architectural interventions, videos, and collages, his projects transfer forms from one context to another. These pieces create a sense of the uncanny and emphasize notions of temporality and space.

For his Artpace project, Wanting without needing, Loving without leaning, Sarcevic continues exploring iconic architectural ornamentation through the tradition of sculpture. With its rhythmic lines and silent monumentality the piece falls within the tradition of autonomous, minimalist sculpture. Ideas for the work originated with the steep organic curves of buildings by Eric Mendelsohn from the 1920s, an iconic moment of architecture far-removed from our present built landscape. In turn, Sarcevic manipulates expectations to expose traces of social and political history.
About the Curator
Victor Zamudio-Taylor is an international curator of Latin American and contemporary art whose work addresses historical and current issues. An advisor to institutions and foundations, Zamudio-Taylor lectures widely in the United States and abroad, and is a member of the editorial board of Art Nexus and a co-editor of Origina, the Mexican arts monthly. He has organized project spaces for ARCO 03, 04 and 05, and recently co-produced The Life and Times of Frida Kahlo for broadcast this spring on PBS. He is chief curator of O-Lamm, a new video and photography space in Mexico City. Zamudio-Taylor publishes widely and has received numerous academic awards, among them the Rockefeller Foundation Senior Research Fellowship. Curatorial endeavors include Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, co-curated with Pedro Alonzo with venues at Rufino Tamayo Museum of Contemporary Art, Mexico City and MARCO, Monterrey, Mexico in 2003; with Liz Armstrong, Ultra Baroque: Aspects of Post-Latin American Art, which opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA in 2000 and traveled widely; and with Virginia Fields, The Road to Aztlan: Art from a Mythic Homeland, which debuted at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA in 2001.
New Works: 05.1 is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Etant donnes.

Related Events New Works: 05.1 Opening Reception and Artists’ Dialogue: Wednesday, March 23, 2005, 6:30-8:30 pm
Celebrate the completion of new installations by Daniel Joseph Martinez, Cruz Ortiz and Bojan Sarcevic. Exhibition continues through May 8, 2005.
Brown Bag Lunch: Wednesday, April 6, 2005, 12-1pm
Break away for an art-filled lunch! Join Artpace Education and Curatorial Associate Kate Green for a gallery walk-thru of New Works: 05.1 followed by a box lunch and group discussion. Lunch is provided by Sip. Call Artpace for menu and reservations (210 212 4900).
Also on View at Artpace:
In the Hudson (Show)Room, Chicago-based artist Diana Guerreo-Macia investigates the linguistic and visual lives of found objects, beginning each work with a solitary item which is flattened, framed, and studied from multiple perspectives in colorful drawings and collages.

WindowWorks Exhibition: Riley Robinson
San Antonio-based artist Riley Robinson exhibits new work and a piece created while in residence at Nordisk Kunstnarsente, Dale, Norway. On view through July 17, 2005.
About Artpace
Artpace San Antonio serves as an advocate for contemporary art and as a catalyst for the creation of significant art projects. We seek to nurture emerging and established artists and to provide opportunities for inspiration, experimentation, and education. Our programs support the evolution of new ideas in contemporary art and cultivate diverse audiences while providing a forum for ongoing dialogue.

Artpace is located downtown at 445 North Main Avenue, between Savings and Martin streets, San Antonio, Texas. Free parking is available on the corner of Savings and N. Flores streets. Artpace is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5 PM, Thursday, 12-8 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free.

Programs at Artpace are made possible through the generous support of individual donors and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Etant donnes: the French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Edouard Foundation.

© 2005 Artpace San Antonio

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