March 23, 2004 - Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros - Silvia Gruner and Jeronimo Hagerman
March 23, 2004

Silvia Gruner and Jeronimo Hagerman

Jeronimo Hagerman
Contemplating the Invasion

Silvia Gruner

Un Chant d’ Amour

Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros (SAPS)
Opening: Thursday. March 25, 2004. 8:00 pm
Tres Picos #29, Polanco
11560, Mexico D.F.
(52 55) 5531 3398

As part of the mandate of Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros, it is important to reconsider the relevance of David Alfaro Siqueiros’ theoretical and formal legacy. Considering this notion, the artist Jeronimo Hagerman has proposed a process-based garden work to be produced on the SAPS facade. This work aims to converse with the SAPS facade while at the same time to comment poetically on the way in which we perceive our surroundings.

Although Hagerman’s work will officially open on March 25, the closing date is still to be defined. Predictions on how long or how this living art work will develop are nothing more than that, predictions. Thus the garden work, Contemplating the Invasion, does not only open up a window to invite people to visit the SAPS, but offers to whoever crosses the street, an aesthetic experience.

Silvia Gruner is, beyond doubt, one of the most recognized contemporary artists in Mexico. Through the use of a wide variety of forms and media, the artist has always tackled interesting articulations surrounding the private and the public, linking personal and intimate accounts with wider fields of knowledge or historical events. Such is the case with Collares, an extensive body of, mainly sculptural, work from the 1990′s, that gave place to an idiosyncratic reflection about the inscription of the social upon the body.

Recently, the artist has turned to video production, as witnessed in the exhibition Away From You (2003), presented last year at the Laboratorio Arte Alameda in Mexico City. In this work, she presented a melancholic reflection on couple relationships, while at the same time paying homage to the resources utilized in classic Hollywood productions. For the exhibition at “El Cubo”, the artist will present two video installations based upon the movie “Un Chant d’ Amour” (1950), the only film directed by French writer Jean Genet. Gruner has appropriated some of the most significant scenes of this short film, as well as the wide textual resonance of the title. The moving images presented in these video installations play with physical location and generate for the viewer an experience as well as a reflection upon the complex theme of desire and love relationships.

Pilar Villela / Ricardo Alzati

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