Monday, March 24, 2008

News


Why is the History so full of great ideas turned to great disasters?
I have no idea.
While I was in Spain, counting the days to come to NY, I used to search in the Internet every single thing that I wanted to visit/do here. Since I had already done all the clasic turistic tour, (Empire State, Rockefeller Center, museums, Central Park, Brooklyn, Ground Zero, Grand Central, etc) I started to look for new things.
Like two weeks before I left, I saw in a magazine the innauguration of the New Museum. The building and that "hell yes!" was enough to caught my attention. I saw the website and I read more about it.
I came to the conclusion that it was a great idea, and I really wanted to see what was inside, make a discover, find hope... But as soon as I started to ask around how was it, I could see that everybody was complaining about it, but still I wanted to see it with my own eyes.
An exhibition which someone described like "nosense".
I have to recognize that found pieces which I really liked (particulary 2 of videoart), and a few things that I aestetically enjoyed. But that was all.
The rest I couldn´t find a reason of why it was there. And I haven´t found a person able to give me an answer.
I have talked about this with many people, and I always say the same: "If they don´t change soon, it is tragically destinated to die". Tourists are coming back to their countries saying "don´t waste one morning going to the NM" and that is how it works. When your are planning your visit to such an incredible city like NY, every minute counts, and when you have finish with the classics, you start with the reccomendation of friends and guides.
I hope to hear one day that such a beautiful idea is a must in a NY visit.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Influences

I thought it was a joke, but it is not. Seems like everything is possible here.
I was going to write about the opening in Black&White, but something happened after the show that I couldn't remove from my head.
I saw the artwork by Asja Jung, in which you could see huges chimps with beautiful patterns. Those chimps (by the way, I dont know why but lately, everywhere I look I see monkeys, and they all remind me the same person), had a pose just like if they were humans, and they all looked at me as if they were trying to tell me something, but they couldn't, or I just wasn't able to understand them.
I read the press release which says that it is based on the book of Simon Dykes Great Apes. The book is about a man who realizes that he is in the body of a chimp.
Even now that I know where it comes from (those paintings I mean), I just don't hear what the chimp is trying to say.
If reading a book, is enough to paint a huge chimp in whose eyes you have to see something else (apart of the patterns), then, I don't understand nothing.
The thing is that, after watching the paintings I was with some friends and somebody told me about that Kansas' women, and I couldn't stop to think about her.
The problem is that if I am more interested on a Kansas' women who went on the toilet for two years...then...there is something that is not going ok.
The first thing I thought is that I was sure that in less than a year someone is going to make a piece of art about that women, because people love that kind of things. But then, I realized that maybe that disgusting new was what needed to understand the chimps.
Let me explain: The woman was in that toilet for 2 years, she never moved so she had become bound to the toilet by "natural means."
So...was she a toilet in the body of a woman or a woman in the body of a toilet?
I just can't wait to see something about that in a gallery or a museum, because what I am learning here everyday more and more, is that anything goes.
Am I right or is it that I have being too influenced by Sciences skeptic people? Here is de dilemma.

http://blackandwhiteartgallery.com/

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Una de vaqueros


“Érase una vez…” that’s how we start in Spanish all the tales to kids right before they fall asleep and start to dream with princess, horses and treasures…or with witches and monsters.
Now that I’m an adult (or al least I try), I still miss that stories that only happened far far away. But even now you can choose your favorite princess, ogre, and fairy godmother and follow how the tale continues after you closed your eyes.
And there is the point. We closed our eyes, and all what we dreamed about was just what we wanted to see, and now things have not changed at all. What we see is what we choose to see.
The gallery Schroeder-Romero is now showing the work by David Hevel The cautionary tale of Britney Spears, that you can be able to see the website: http://www.schroederromero.com/
David Hevel shows us how a bunch of (at the beginning) nice shinning and colorful things can hide the dark truth.
Everywhere we can see those magazines and tv-shows about famous people who we cant barely remember why are the famous for, but still we know every detail of their private life.
Almost everyone that I have asked here knows who is Paris Hilton dating, or what happened with Britney Spears last week.
What Hevel tries to tell us, is that it is so easy to look to other people’s life congratulating ourselves that it is not our daughter who gets so drunk that she has to go to the hospital neither our mother who drops us in the ground.
It means that it is easy to look at all those beautiful people, just as we used to choose the fairy tale that we wanted to dream about.
It is also easy to read those pages that are full of photos and scoops about sexual scandals, than looking to the next page that shows the truth that really affects your life, your country and your world (the real one).
You’ll see there are also, some drawings of lovely monkeys , and here you have the easiest way to understand what this artist from San Francisco wants to transmit: You will love the colors of the little monkeys so much, that you might not even notice that behind them there is a grille.
And there is the truth: they are inspired by photos that the artist found on the Internet, of animals used in scientific research.
Despite the fact that the works are really “kish” and they look to me so American, it is true that the artist is able to make you understand which was his motivation, and what is more important: makes you think about it.
But anyway, there is nothing new in this tale, we all know that, and we all also know that it wouldn´t exist if nobody buys it. So the only way to destroy it is to ignore it. Maybe it would be a good idea make a performance with it, or just start a revolution by not using (or abusing of) this subject no more.