Curating at the edge : artists respond to the U.S./Mexico by Kate Bonansinga

By Kate Bonansinga

Located under a mile from Juárez, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin middle for visible Arts on the collage of Texas at El Paso is a non-collecting establishment that serves the Paso del Norte sector. In Curating on the Edge, Kate Bonansinga brings to existence her studies because the Rubin’s founding director, giving voice to a curatorial method that reaches a ways past the constrained scope of “border paintings” or Chicano paintings. as a substitute, Bonansinga captures the artistic weather of 2004–2011, whilst modern paintings addressed extensive notions of destruction and transformation, irony and subversion, gender and identification, and the influence of position on politics.

The Rubin’s place within the Chihuahuan wilderness at the U.S./Mexican border is significant and exciting to many artists, and, for this reason, Curating on the Edge describes the a number of creative views conveyed within the place-based exhibitions Bonansinga oversaw. fascinating mid-career artists featured during this number of case reviews comprise Margarita Cabrera, Liz Cohen, Marcos Ramírez ERRE, and so on. Recalling her studies in shiny, first-person scenes, Bonansinga finds the methods a modern paintings curator undertakes and the demanding situations she faces by way of describing many of the greater than sixty exhibitions that she geared up in the course of her tenure on the Rubin. She additionally explores the artists’ operating equipment and the connection among their paintings and their own histories (some are Mexican voters, a few are U.S. voters of Mexican descent, and a few have ancestral ties to Europe). well timed and illuminating, Curating on the Edge sheds gentle at the paintings of the interlocutors who attach artists and their audiences.

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The victim was labeled “yo” (me); the assassin was “tu” (you); and the investigator was “el” (him), clearly implicating the viewer as partly responsible for the corruption. indd 45 10/3/13 5:06 PM 46 C U R AT I N G AT T H E E D G E Focus on Mexico What was to come after The Body of Crime? In early August 2010, I broached this subject with ERRE. I was visiting him at his home in Tijuana and we were sitting face-to-face across a “table” constructed from a piece of plywood laid over two sawhorses.

Even the title of his exhibition, To Whom It May Concern: War Notes, at the Rubin connects to notation and documentation. In any case, several approaches can be applied as tools to unlock meaning in ERRE’s art, testament to the flexibility of theory and to the versatility and power of his expression. S. foreign policy. In El Paso, this included a four-by-ten-foot aluminum sign produced for the Rubin exhibition but based on the design for a piece for Mexico Illuminated, a citywide exhibition in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 2003.

They come up with ideas together, they build things together, and they know and understand each other like brothers. One of SIMPARCH’s earliest works is Hell’s Trailer (1996). It set the stage for things to come, especially the collective’s wry comments on the myth of the American frontier. A bricolage of hand-painted billboards found in a Route 66 signage graveyard and reconstituted into the form of a travel trailer, the piece is both a parody of the quick-moving, signage-riddled American dream and a reflection on our highway-based family getaways, where an endless string of billboard advertisements scars the natural scenery.

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