Roundtable on Mexican design

Want to call attention to the roundtable discussion tomorrow night on contemporary Mexican design at the Museo de Arte aqui en Juarez. The discussion is at 7 and free to all.-david sokolec

La exposición “De ida y vuelta. Diseño contemporáneo en México” producida por el Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, será clausurada en el Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez el próximo 5 de julio y como última actividad se realizará la mesa redonda “Diseño, innovación y desarrollo el próximo 18 de junio a las 7:00 pm. en el Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez con la participación de los diseñadores y empresarios Ariel Rojo, Mauricio Lara y Sebastián Lara, moderada por Sergio Villalobos, coordinador de la carrera de Diseño Industrial de la UACJ.


Le invitamos a que nos acompañe en esta destacada intervención y visite nuestras exposiciones, recuerde que esta y todas las actividades de este Museo son gratuitas.


Esperamos contar con su asistencia.

Stone Haikus- De Paso at Juarez Contemporary

Haikus, those 17 syllable Japanese gems, are traditionally verses addressed to some aspect of nature-On looking at Mt Fujiyama; On seeing the first cherry blossom-which the poet uses often as a vehicle  to probe some deeper meaning or sentiment occasioned by the natural world.
I was reminded of this at last Thursday night’s opening of Elena Trejo’s installation “De Paso” at Juarez Contemporary. The main portion of her work consists of 19 circular stones  openings into which she has placed one or more small stones covered with varying amounts of water.  Trejo is ostensibly concerned here  with rain ( not unsurprising in this desert) and how things look after the rain, although  her larger goal is to make us take the time to really look at nature , to take the time to examine  things we normally rush past.
The haiku is, of course, nature seen from the viewpoint of the individual poet, while these circular forms reflect no particular authorship. We can move through the piece however we wish-we can rush past each one, or we can stop and notice the individuality of the stone, or how the water beads on the surface; we can use each as a sort of meditation device and perhaps notice that which we normally wouldn’t.
There is also a video of rain, and another small piece, but the stones, taking good advantage of the large and uncluttered floor space of the gallery, call the most attention.
Like a good haiku, this is a deceptively simple and remarkably elegant show  on view until July 18.

De Paso at Juarez Contemporary Noviembre 20 4305-david sokolec

Warhol at CCPN

An exhibition of Andy Warhol original works is scheduled to open June 12 at the Centro Cultural Paso del Norte (CCPN) and will run through Sept 12.-David sokolec

Artists for the Border Biennial

The artists for this year’s  Cd Juarez-El Paso Biennial have been announced. There were 287 entries, more than in past years, and of these, 45 were selected. I’m happy to see the inclusion of a pretty fair representation of artists from Mexico including many fron Monterrey as well as artists from Tamaulipas and Baja California. This year Mexican sculptor Mely Barragan Chavez, winner of the 2013 Biennale award, will create a site specific piece at the El Paso  Museum of Art. There is no indication if  she will also create a piece at the Museo de Arte in Juarez.

The exhbition will open on October 11 and run through January 24. Congratulations to all those selected.


Karina Amaya – Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
Robert Armando Cárdenas – Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua / Guadalajara, Jalisco
Colectivo Estético – Monterrey, Nuevo León
David Garza – Monterrey, Nuevo León
Héctor Herrera – Ensenada, Baja California Norte
Mayra Huerta – Tijuana, Baja California Norte
Héctor Jaramillo – Chihuahua, Chihuahua
Andrés Juárez Troncoso – Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
Humberto Jiménez – Matamoros, Tamaulipas
Paola Rascón Tello – Chihuahua, Chihuahua
Isaac Rincón – Monterrey, Nuevo León
Alejandro Sánchez Rodríguez – Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
Yasadori Sánchez Zavala – Sierras Santa Catarina, Nuevo León
Abimel Villaseñor García – Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
Ana del Águila Malvaez – Tijuana, Baja California Norte
Sabrina Loghin Tiu – Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua
Rebeca Cordero Valdez – Coahuila, México
Abrajam Escalante – Nuevo León, México
Gerardo Méndez – Ensenada, Baja California Norte
Rocío Sáenz – Chihuahua, Chihuahua
Carlos Vielma – Saltillo, Coahuila
Roberto Zamarripa – Guadalajara, Jalisco

Ricky Armendáriz – San Antonio, Texas
Kristin Bauer – Tempe, Arizona
Sarah Castillo – San Antonio, Texas
Esteban Delgado – San Antonio, Texas
Claudio Dicochea – San Antonio, Texas
Daniel Domínguez – El Paso, Texas
Juan de Dios Mora – San Antonio, Texas
Jessika Edgar – Las Cruces, New Mexico
Arturo Enríquez – El Paso, Texas
Nabil González – El Paso, Texas
Rigoberto González – Harlingen, Texas
Robert Jackson Harrington – Austin, Texas
Suzanne Hesh – Tucson, Arizona
Mónica Lozano – El Paso, Texas
Tony de los Reyes – Los Angeles, California
Beliz Iristay – San Diego, California
Qing Liu – San Antonio, Texas
Chris Macías – El Paso, Texas
Rebecca Méndez – Los Angeles, California
Alejandra Platt-Torres – Tucson, Arizona
Harriette Tsosie – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Federico Villalba – El Paso, Texas
Karla Zanelli – El Paso, Texas

Ileana Garma- con Ternura

Last Friday night at the Librería Universitaria, I had the good fortune to hear the much honored poet Ileana Garma Estrella share work from her book of  poems “Ternura,” which won the 2012 Caza de letras for poetry.

To talk of the book as being about relationships is far too cliched. Illeana said she wrote to remember, to answer questions, to explore emotions and memories. This collection of poems, some written as prose poems, some in free verse, explore in beautiful lyrical writing, her relations with those in her life past and present. There are poems devoted to her father, to lovers and to her relation with the world in general. Perhaps because she was born in Yucatan, or perhaps not, many of her poems involve the natural world-gardens, birds, planets- including them as a part of a larger personal exploration and sometimes addressing them directly, sometimes as a symbol evoking something far deeper.
She mentioned that an original impetus for her early writing was simply a love of the sound of words, and her lyricism and word play provide a great argument for learning a foreign language; the poems could be translated into English, for example, but as always with creative writing something is usually lost in the process.

She has already received many awards for her writing, and it will be intriguing to see what she will share with us in the future. -david sokolec

Ileana Garma

Ileana Garma


L-r Ileana Garma, noted writer Agustin Garcia, and excellent poet Nabil Valles


In addition to the Ser o No Sir show which just opened at the Museo de Arte, I wanted to mention that the show Ida y Vuelto diseño contemporánea en México is still running.
This show, curated by Ana Elena Mallet, tries to give an overview of some of the issues and concerns of contemporary designers. Divided, like Gaul, in three parts-   un mirado local, diseño social, and retomando el oficio- it shows designers generally less concerned with generating radically new designs, and more concerned with deconstructing traditional forms, using local materials and artisanal techniques, and using design to solve local and social problems.- david sokolec


Julio Martinez Barnetche-Jarra de Mezcal con 3 vasos y base de madera


Ser o No Sur

The exhibition “Ser o no Sur, Argentine artists living in Mexico” opened Friday night at the Museo de Arte. Curated by Belén Moro with the coordination of the Embassy of Argentina and INBAl  it brought together a good range of talented artists working in a wide variety of media.
Moro’s curatorial statement talks of artists concerned with issues of dislocation, identity and being from a country far removed from centers of power.
That very well may be on the mind of many of these artists, but it wasn’t always so clear from the works themselves. Some clearly did, while others spoke to larger or more general questions of societal issues  In this regard they fit in with much of art from Latin America, which tends to speak, if sometimes only obliquely, to societal concerns rather than with personal clever ideas.
The exhibition also amply demonstrates the  wide variety of media now being used. There are videos, soundscapes, sculpture made of everything from traditional material to ripped fabric, comic books, and even a few canvases.
A few years ago I had the pleasure of meeting Jose Lander, one of the artists included in the show, and he said he felt that Mexico, or at least Mexico City, ewas far more open to innovative art ideas than was Argentina. Certainly this show provides a glimpse of the artistic concerns of Argentines living and working in Mexico, and the widely varied means by which they work out those themes- david sokolec


Jose Luis Lander from the series Prototipo Bandera


Meandro Asolo.   NN



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