Straddling the Boundaries
Curated by Ricardo Rodriguez
In the contemporary art world one could easily think that every “medium” is in crisis. There is constant shifting and borrowing among disciplines. This is not a new way of approaching art-making, but artists are increasingly embracing diverse creative and presentational possibilities in order to enhance their ideas and concepts. The idea of layering and juxtaposing images with materials has been practiced since the “readymades” of Marcel Duchamp. But contemporary artists continue to explore the blurring boundaries between images, objects, process, and media in new and exciting ways.
This exhibition showcases the work of Colin Gray, Melissa Manfull, and Ricardo Rodríguez. Though they all grew up in different countries, there are commonalities in their approach to their work and conceptual interests. Paper and wood form elements of many of the works displayed – either in relation to drawing in the case of Manfull and Gray, or photography in Rodríguez’s work. At the same time, each explores landscapes in one way or another; either by investigating the structure of their media, or by deconstructing the location in which they live.
Melissa Manfull, Colin Gray and Ricardo Rodriguez’s works compose a distinctive exhibition which showcases a hybrid approach to creating and presenting artworks. By borrowing from various different media – two-dimensional and three-dimensional – these artists are straddling the boundaries between them, and liberating themselves from medium-specificity.
Ricardo Rodriguez in an exhibit organized by the Museum of Latin American Art
THE COLLABORATIVE: QUESTION IN THE LINE
April 6 – June 30, 2013
THE COLLABORATIVE: A PROJECT OF THE ARTS COUNCIL FOR LONG BEACH AND THE MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART
This exhibition proposes a study of line in space in the work of three artists: Darío Escobar, Ricardo Rodríguez and Enrique Castrejón. The line is not only the foundation of drawing but of other art disciplines, as the representation of a line in space marks delimitations as well as movement.
The two works in MOLAA’s collection, Kukulkán, 2009, by Darío Escobar and Attempt to Construct, 2010, by Ricardo Rodríguez, use the line in a poetic way to address the nature of sculpture. In the case of Escobar, his work consists of baroque lines of rubber tires which struggle to return to their natural curved state and reference the history and social issues of his native Guatemala. Rodríguez’s work is a continuous line that breaks the barrier of bidimensionality becoming a tridimensional object, at the same time challenging how identity is a political construct, from his own experience as a Puerto Rican.
Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century
Between Theory and Practice: Rethinking Latin American Art in the 21st Century is a two part symposium that will take place in Southern California and in Lima, Peru. The panel of speakers will be comprised of an international group of scholars, curators, museum directors and artists who will discuss new approaches to studying and presenting Latin American art in the 21st century. The first session, from March 11 – 13, 2011 will be held at MOLAA and at The Getty Center in Los Angeles; the second session, from November 2 – 4, 2011 will be held at the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru. Both sessions will address the same topics but will introduce different speakers.