The success of World Textile Art (WTA) exhibit, “Textile Journeys” in Uruguay includes very interesting side exhibitions such as “Inclusive Nets” (Redes Inclusivas) in the city of Maldonado.
We had already enjoyed the presence of artist Humberto Demarco in the 4th WTA Biennial in San José, Costa Rica. Demarco, who offered a sensorial art workshop for the blind in 2006 here in Costa Rica, is now offering “Inclusive Nets” workshops in Uruguay, where sight and motor incapacitation victims can learn to weave.
Manzana 1 Espacio de Arte is a not-for-profit art gallery located in the historical center of downtown Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. It is called Manzana 1 because it is found on the city’s first block. The building, which has been acknowledged as part of Santa Cruz’s historical legacy, was formerly the headquarters of the National Police and, after 13 years of neglect, it was opened once more, this time as a cultural space in 2005.
Beatriz Oggero is a Uruguay-born artist living in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
Termas Puyehue Hotel is located in the 10th region of Los Lagos at the foot of the Andes. It overlooks the impressive Puyehue National Park: a Nature sanctuary embracing 107000 hectares of beautiful forests, rivers and lakes, which was declared UNESCO’s biosphere reserve.
Alejandra del Castillo
MAPI Museum, Montevideo, Uruguay
A weft of friendships and brotherhoods
Seven renown artists—four women and three men—had a collective exhibit at the end of 2010.
This joint curatorial effort took installations linked to their most recent expressive worlds, and adapted them to this particular space.
The entire show was dedicated to tapicista (weaver) Jorge Sosa, and may be interpreted as Weft, or Warp, or Netting, or Plot, Theme, Plan, or Intrigue.
The first connotation supports and wraps, suggesting the work of two textile artists, both considered tapisserie creators and teaching pioneers in Uruguay: Jorge Sosa, who died in 2010, and Ernesto Aroztegui.
Aroztegui was also an enthusiastic founder of CETU (Centro de la Tapicería Uruguaya), the Center for Uruguayan Tapestry.
Although many students got close to textile and later adopted new materials and new expressive roads, the “textile touch” of these two maestros was undeniable, and marked the lives of hundreds of people, forever.
Faena Art Center: New Cultural Space In Buenos Aires
…o bicho suspenso na paisagen…
…a beast suspended within the landscape…
(These photos are not up-side down!)
In September, 2011 Faena Arts Center opened its doors within the recycled neighborhood of Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The majestic site could only open doors with an equally majestic textile bicho (beast) by the great Brazilean maestro Ernesto Neto, who suspended his crochet-based installation from ceilings and walls, and covered the nets with thousands of plastic balls.
The result is this enormous organic form that seems to float above ground inviting visitors to walk, climb, touch and get lost in its insides.
Gabriela Nirino is swallowed by Neto's bicho
It took 30 assistants to help Neto create and install the beast.
Curated by Jessica Morgan, the exhibit is open to the public through February, 2012 and it’s a “must see, must feel” experience.
Marie-Noëlle Fontan’s prime materials are plants and their own forms and textures: roots, stems, pods and leaves, which maintain their form but not their order. This material is collected during Marie-Noëlle’s frequent travels.
Tangling, handling, spinning and weaving plants on her loom, she achieves her own form of landscaping to nourish our senses and imagination.
Marie-Noëlle’s work can be deemed as a return to the natural sources in textile art.
This week she inaugurated her exhibition “HERBARIO” in Guatemala, which will be open to the public until March 8.