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The Aesthetics of chance Joshua Jobb

By Regina de Con Cossío

“To know x=to know (Everything – x)”
René Dumal, Pataphysics and the revelation of laugher

Natural Interventions presents a solo show by Mexican artist Joshua Jobb. His pieces of art works around concepts such as chance, play, accident and the unexpected. His artworks use materials designed for a context that through his intervention suddenly become something else.

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How and What We See? Art in the Instagram Age

By Andrea Cuevas

If we have always seen through the frames, why are we so afraid of the art seen through social media? As part of a public, but also as a researcher, I’m the kind of person who has mixed feelings on regard the “instagrammable art”: sharing and give some kind of light to exhibitions or artistic projects on Instagram is something I really enjoy.

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Curator's Journal, News, The Provocation Column

Casa Nakasone

Photo Courtesy of Sybaris Collection

1/ The Project Casa Nakasone

Casa Nakasone is a collaboration project I did with Escobedo-Soliz architectural firm, in which I activated their new piece,  a residential house “Casa Nakasone”, located in Mexico City, with art. For the project, pieces by Gabriela Salazar, Gustavo Artigas and Manuela Garcia were selected. The curatorial line was based on conceptual and material pieces., although a slight “brush” of minimalism was visible, both in the house and in the artworks. Roughly, the house and the pieces shared  a tendency of doing the maximum out of the minimum, the use of very rough materials, and combining natural elements, like the air and the light to complete the pieces.  We decided to present the exhibition to the public only through the records we did: videos and photography. The idea behind was to create a concept exhibition, that could match the works we were exhibiting.

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Old World, New Art

The rise of technology

With the raise of new mediums to produce artworks like digital arts, computer graphics, robotics, among others, comes a change as well in the ways of display and a challenge for the eyes of the observers to find new ways of interaction. Ways of seeing, like John Berger would say.

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From Houston to Austin: Summer 2019

Photo Courtesy of Sybaris Collection

On November 2018, The Menil Collection launched their fifth Building: “The Drawing Institute” where I began this Summer my Texas Odyssey.

Designed by Johnston Marklee, at the entrance of the white building lies a beautiful piece, the “Menil Curve” 20015 by Ellsworth Kelly. On view now is “When I Breathe, I Draw” a collection of drawings by Roni Horn (b.1955) that present different drawing methods by the Newyorker artist, curated by Michelle White.

The journey continued visiting another space from my bucketlist : “Austin”, the monumental last piece by one of the most important American artist of his generation: Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015). As a gift to The Blanton museum, Kelly gave them the concept for a 2,714. square-foot stone structure with luminous colored glass. Spectrum, Color Grid, Black and White are the key elements. The design clearly resembles a westerner Church, and the marvelous of it is to see how people actually feel in a “house of prayer” paying respect with silence and a perplex state.

The colors of the mosaics, are pretty much all of those we use to express any emotion, probably the reason why its so easy to connect with the spiritual feeling.

I continued with “Laguna Gloria”, a Sculpture Park belonging to The Contemporary Austin, which turned out to be another pleasant surprise. Holding pieces from Elmgreen and Dragset, Carol Bove, Ai Weiwei, Tom Friedman and others, I found among my favorites “Missy Fountain” by Tom Sacgs Studio. The monumental bunny sculpture, is a reinterpretation of a Dutch cartoon figure created by Dick Bruna in 1955. Or Sachs appropiation of Japanese charachter Kello Kitty, which had his origings in 1070´s Bruna Rabbit? The piece raises an interesting discussion about intellectual property.

“Keep Austin Weird” it´s the city motto and after tasting the waters, I agree with it. With great urban art to see, a great musical scene and for sure a culinary spot, Austin is cool weird!

Back in Houston, I also visited some art galleries. Among my favorite shows was Katsumi Hayakawa “Particle of Light” at McClain Gallery, which I encourage to visit for those in Houston.

No doubt the Texas area has a lot to offer. You know what they say …. “Texas size” so, they have good big things!

Photos Courtesy of Sybaris Collection

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