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“Hokol Vuh Aké”, Ixrael Montes.

Presented in Merida, Mexico, the project mixed the main motifs of the Oaxacan artist: the jungle, the animals, lizards and mythology interact in a human environment.

Hokol Vuh Aké

Ixrael Montes

This collection is a selection of Ixrael Montes’ most visually and mentally stimulating pieces. The setting we have selected to showcase them, Hokol Vuh, in the coast of Merida mingles perfect with the motifs of the Oaxacan artist. The jungle, the animals, lizards and mythology interact in a human environment.

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Ixrael Montes

“The inspiration is subjective and almost unearthly, however, the motivation comes from different elements in a permanent search…”

Ixrael Montes is a visual artist and his work has been exhibited in both individual and collective exhibitions among Mexico and other countries. ‘Inspiration is subjective and almost implausible,’ says the artist when referring to the origin of his works.

Ixrael Montes was born in a small community of the Costa Chica, in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 1971. He spent his childhood enjoying the peculiar vegetation of his hometown and grew among cows, herons, iguanas and dogs. In 1991, when he was 19, he moved to Oaxaca City to study visual arts at Escuela de Bellas Artes de la UABJO, where he met a teacher that would become a great influence in his art and life, master Takeda. He has devoted 20 years to painting. His work references everyday scenes that generally go unnoticed by most, and has hints of irony that play with the leading roles of the characters and elements he uses in his fabrics. Montes constantly resorts to images of animals and landscapes reminiscent of his childhood.


After 18 years of uninterrupted painting, Ixrael Montes’ work has constantly evolved, from figurative and magical to abstraction and lately, to a fusion of the two genres.


Throughout his path, he has experimented with different techniques and materials. His painting is a little graphic and contrasted with a very ironic theme, and influenced by Africanized coastal masks.

He believes that his subject alludes to everyday scenes that usually pass unnoticed ‘tinged somewhat ironic to pay the role of the character and element that I use in my paintings.’

Ixrael Montes, “Laguna de Chacahua”,Mixed media on canvas,  24×49 cm.

Ixrael Montes, “Caimán bajo la luna”, Acrylic on Canvas, 130 x 165 cm.

Ixrael Montes, “Nido”, Bronze Sculpture, 35x30x15 cm.

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“The Private Showroom”, Ardan Ozmenöglu.

The Private Showroom

Ardan Ozmenöglu

I came across Ardan´s Ozmenöglu art pieces  back in Istambul in 2017. Since then, the idea of featuring her work caught my attention. For this first gathering, we have selected a series of portraits ranging from super star Frida Kahlo, over Lady D and Kate Moss. The challenge was big: can someone  feel intrigued contemplating  such well known characters that does not cease to appear and reaper ?

Ardan´s unique vision about the portrait allow so. Her compositions, made out of post-its immediately

Ardan Ozmenöglu

Ardan Özmenoglu is a versatile Turkish contemporary artist who works in a wide range of mediums including large-scale glass sculptures, works on Post-It® notes and neon lighting. Since her first exhibition in 2006, her unique work has been featured in over forty exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad including Istanbul, Berlin and Croatia.

Unique Technique

Özmenoğlu adheres hundreds of post-it notes to her canvases and then silk-screens colorful, pop-inspired imagery on top to create a three-dimensional surface. This singular composition made out of a multitude of similar parts lends the work a formal variety and literal depth. After the canvas undergoes the printing process, each post-it note can behave differently. Some can lay completely flat, while others can curl up and reveal their true colors peaking out from under the overlaid images. The work’s three-dimensional depth also translates into a depth of meaning—on the surface, it is colorful, lighthearted and extremely fun, yet an entirely different character and tone threatens to eclipse these surface appearances from underneath.

Her playful work, ripe with sociopolitical commentary, challenges the viewer to reconsider familiar images, products and ideas. She cleverly uses ubiquitous items, Post-It® notes, to create pieces of art that unite seemingly opposing ideas: the past and the present, art history and contemporary art trends, creativity and consumerism, repetition and individuality, the whole and the fragmented. She unites the centuries old practice of printing with modern colors, glitters, paper and images. Her brightly colored, bold art forces the viewer to consider everyday objects and ideas in a different light. The result is anything but predictable.

Video Courtesy of the Artist

Detail. “New York” (Yellow), 2018, Mix-media and post-its, 120×180.

“Kate Moss”, 2018, Mix-media and post-its, 165×150. Private Collection.

“Frida” (Pink), 2018, Mix-media and post-its, 156×90. Private Collection.

The Private Showroom Gathering

Regina De Con Cossío unpacking the pieces.

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“Art Reveal”, Paola Ismene.

Art Reveal featuring the Photographic works of Paola Ismene

Inhabit

For this curatorial initiative I am proud to feature the photographic works of Paola Ismene, whose images depict a strong realism on the one side, and a blurry surrealism on the other side, making out of this mixture a great match.

It all begins outside: the mouth, the finger, the skin.
A blurry onirical state transports us from the “real objective” to ones own universe. The one composed by colors and feelings; free- associations. That world were the “I” makes sense. There is a free flow of scenes. We use autorrefernciality to explore.
We are now inside, in ones own consciousness and experience. There are more scenes overlapping. A need to bring order.

Finally, an impulse to get back outside.

Did we ever leave, if we accept with Paul Vaéry, that the deepest finds itself in the skin?

Paola Ismene

Paola Ismene

Born and based in Mexico city. Studied a bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and photography at Active School of Photography (EAF).

Has obtained some awards, the last ones: Winner in the contest Selfexpression from Saatchi Gallery London (2017) and Winner of the Self-portrait category in Mobile Photography Awards 2017. Awards: • Winner of the Self-portrait category in Mobile Photography Awards 2017 • Winner in the contest Selfexpression from Saatchi Gallery London • Special mention in the “Women photographers of latinamerica” contest, 2017 .

Inhabit, 2015, Cotton Print, Photography, 66×40.

Obsesive Observer

Obsessive observer. I found in photography the language to express my introverted personality, as a way to fragment and externalize my mental universe. I use colors and spaces as emotional analogies gestated from my life experiences. I try to explore the human and its comlplexity starting from self-referential narratives

Winner in the contest Selfexpression from Saatchi Gallery London

Daydream in Blue, Cotton print, Photography, 64×50.

Winner of the Self-portrait category in Mobile Photography Awards 2017

Make piece with yourself , 2017, Cotton Print, Photography, 60×40

Special mention in the “Women photographers of latinamerica” contest, 2017

False Awakening (Edén), 2015, Cotton Print,  Photography, 66×44 cm.

ARTreveal is a part of the Sybaris ARToutreach Program. The Program and Event were designed exclusively for our community of art patrons to connect artists and art enthusiasts throughout the world to promote culture, technique, and creativity.

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“Omisiones en la Memoria Colectiva, (Variación 01)”, Fernando Poludura, Clavo 2021

Omisiones en la memoria Colectiva, Variación 01

Fernando Polidura

Fichas reproducidas en un monitor digital a modo de video, que presentan dieciocho personalidades de relevancia histórica y actual, en donde la piedra clave es un dato sencillo, pero irrebatible: La condición física/psicológica con la que cada unx de ellxs coexiste.

-Fernando Polidura.

SC: ¿Con qué propósito hiciste esta pieza?
FP: Esta pieza busca ser una herramienta detonadora de la aceptación de unx msmx como ser humano imperfecto, recordando que es más normal ser distinto a ser ¨normal”.

SC: ¿Qué te motivo a pensar en este tema?
FP: Vivir de primera mano situaciones humillantes las que unx es marginadx por tener una condición que lx deslinda de lo socialmente reconocido como “ordinario”.

SC: ¿Qué quieres despertar en el espectador?
FP: Originada para desvelar nociones fundamentales en presunciones que desmerecen la auténtica naturaleza humana, vigente desde antiguas civilizaciones como la griega y romana, hasta campañas publicitarias de la industria de la moda en la actualidad, el eterno anhelo por la perfección física impide hacer las paces con nosotrx mismxs y nuestro vehículo mortal.

Fernando Polidura

La práctica de Fernando Polidura (México, 1989), está interesada en desmantelar el cuerpo humano desde diversos emplazamientos marginales y vulnerables, ofreciendo así una visión más íntima y cruda que contraviene las convenciones y tradiciones de belleza e ideales del ser humano contemporáneo y que atañen a distintos ámbitos como la economía, la medicina, la fe y, por supuesto, el arte.

Al mismo tiempo, su ejercicio tiene como propósito configurar un “cuerpo”; es decir, un organismo independiente al artista mismo, al contexto donde se gesta y al espacio que habitará una vez concluida la obra, proporcionando de este modo un estado de orden y equilibrio, aunque temporal y precario, vulnerable.

Vive y trabaja en la ciudad de méxico. Realizó estudios de arquitectura (2008-2013) y durante ocho años se desempeñó en el desarrollo de proyectos en diferentes despachos emergentes y consolidados, al tiempo que profundizaba en conceptos como estructura, materialidad y exposición del proceso tanto en el dibujo y escultura.

Ha sido seleccionado para formar parte de la feria de arte independiente (fain, ciudad de méxico, 2020), del abierto mexicano de diseño (amd, ciudad de méxico, 2020), de la exhibición “otra casa” presentada por Casa Equis y Casa Lü, y de la muestra “expo 54” presentada y curada por Frontera 115. Durante finales de 2020 y comienzos 2021 realizó una residencia de producción en la iniciativa independiente un estudio sobre revolución (ussr, ciudad de méxico). Su obra forma parte de las colecciones David Ramírez Chávez y Archivo Colectivo.

 

SC: ¿Cuáles son tus principales influencias en tu práctica artística?
Margo glantz y Francisco González Crussí.

SC: Tu bebida preferida
FP: Cerveza clara

SC: Un lugar especial en el que colocarías una obra de arte ….
FP: Donde sea que se aprecie el motivo por encima de la propiedad retiniana de la pieza.

SC: Para tí el arte es…
FP:La levadura de distintas narrativas.

Fotos cortesía de Fernanda Segura

Video cortesía del artista.

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