«Money Has No Smell» brings together recent works by Ignacio Gatica, Mariana Parisca, and GabriellaTorres-Ferrer that trace flows of currency to and from the artists’ places of origin -Chile, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico, respectively-, in the process addressing the complexity of globalized and interdependent financial systems.
«Salto atrás» could then be understood as a museographic device designed by Balteo-Yazbeck to trace a narrative arc that is structured from his early questioning of the past glories of local abstract art and is directed towards the construction of a set of cultural artifacts that are manifested as documents of the painful political and economic crisis of today’s Venezuela.
The exhibition presents installation and sculpture that Colombino designates as textile operations of art, which she significantly distinguishes from textile art. While the latter speaks to types of embroidery and sewing, such as ñandutí, aó po’í, poyví, and yú, prevalent in Guaraní communities, the former references practices that incorporate these textile arts within a Western conception of art making.
«Ecologies of Care» showcases a series of new works created during Ani Liu’s postpartum period, in contemplation of the labor of mothering. Reflecting the material culture of infant and childcare, the works shown are created with breast milk, formula, diapers, breast pumps, toys, tracking apps, and screen time.
Chilean artist María Gabler’s first solo exhibition out of her country attests of her research process during an artist residence in New York, which emphasizes everyday objects on the streets of the city. Ruo Jia narrates her experience as she walks through this work, which plays with the perception of space.
An avid reader of surrealist poetry, German existentialist philosophy, and Carl Jung’s meditations on memory and consciousness, Gramcko explored different avenues of painterly abstraction as a new path to humanism. This exhibition is an effort to present her contribution to postwar global modernism, outside the doctrinaire limitations of the avant-garde and beyond the binary distinction between abstraction and figuration.
What Jose and Esteban show is that this in-betweenness is useful, both aesthetically and elsewhere. It is the place of nepantla—that generative space between here and there, between abstraction and figuration, between the parts and the whole. Their work is all about showing us what should have been clear all along—the ties that bind us, the way that seemingly incongruous things fit together.
Seeing the exhibition, Hernán assures he is moved. He had never seen the material gathered. He further says the image he has of his brother has not changed over time. Within his family they continue to remember him constantly, and in light of events, it seems that Hernán Parada’s work is not only open but is also a way of mourning. “Obrabierta is not closed until Alejandro reappears,” he says firmly.
In a moment when cryptocurrency has swiftly become a global phenomenon, this exhibition considers the ways in which dematerialized currency and the ostensible abstraction of value still have tangible impacts. Requiring access to the internet, smart devices, and various software and hardware, the digitization of finance is presented as a seamless, worldwide network, but it in fact has roots in both Wall Street and Silicon Valley.
“Every Moment Counts—AIDS and its Feelings” brings together 60 international artists and over 200 works. The exhibition will reestablish the discussion on the complex historical as well as contemporary representations of HIV/AIDS. With works by Feliciano Centurión, Elmgreen & Dragset, Pepe Espaliú, General Idea, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Barbara Hammer, Keith Haring, Hudinilson Jr., Peter Hujar, Zoe Leonard, Robert Mapplethorpe, Liliana Maresca, and David Wojnarowicz, among many others.