Feb 26, 2019

GUARDARROPA

Guardarropa exhibition by Marisa Boullosa


La palabra guardarropa define un espacio que asignamos para almacenar nuestros distintos atuendos del día a día,
 Es una segunda piel la ropa.  La que cubre al cuerpo.
Nuestra apariencia está determinada por el tipo de vestimenta que usamos.
La prenda de vestir le da una personalidad al cuerpo.
Marisa hace improntas de los pliegues de la ropa, la tela de la prenda  la adhiere a otra superficie para volverla plana, los pliegues en la superficie  son memoria. 
Registra, se desnuda. Lo que vestimos al observarlo sin nuestro cuerpo se vuelve  parte de nuestra historia de nuestro ser.
Mostrar de otra manera lo íntimo, velado, cada pliegue de tinta es un acontecimiento, parte de la memoria de quien ha portado ese atuendo.
La impresión es el registro del tiempo y la memoria.

-Berenice Torres Almazán
Febrero 2019



 












A place for storing our clothes, our different looks from day to day. 
The clothing that covers the body is our second skin, 
another appearance,
a personality; sometimes a different one. 
Marisa`s prints show the folds of clothing as if they are memories, like a record of time adhered to another surface. 
Stripped naked. 
Our clothes without our body become a history of our existence. 
The intimate, veiled.
Clothing well worn, lost, or put away for someone else to find: every fold embraces an event, a remembrance of someone who once wore that garment. 
Marisa`s prints are a record of time and memory trapped in the folds of discarded clothing, captured in ink and transferred to paper.

-Translation by Edward Swift

Jan 30, 2019

ARTIST BOOKS / conTEXT


“in and out of conTEXT:
a bookarts invitational”


(context. early 15c., from Latin contextus "a joining together," originally past participle of contexere "to weave together," from com- "together" (see com-) + texere "to weave") 

More and more, this magical little town is becoming the epicenter of visual and literary arts, among so many other artforms both contemporary and traditional. Each February, the San Miguel Writer’s Conference becomes ground zero for a gathering of authors, readers, editors, publishers, and book lovers. But what are we to do with visual artists who make artful books?  A new exhibition, titled “in and out of conTEXT” aims to weave together these two arts, with Glen Rogers, DJ Barrett, Leigh Hyams and a few surprises. (I’m not telling, but they all have in common the letter B) The weaving arts are nothing new to La Huipilista Artspace, a home to textile arts that also specializes in craft, community and interdisciplinary concepts representative of the etymology of text and textile. 


Accordian books have inspired artist Glen Rogers, who divides her studio time between monotypes, paintings and sculpture, and her geographical space between San Miguel and Mazatlan. In Spot On, she utilized fragments of art and found paper from an artist exchange network of which she is a member, Global Art Project. Each artist was challenged to create works of art using these ‘found’ pieces received via mail. Combining them with the scrap metal, Glen embarked on a play of words and images that are rich, bold and textural.As a printmaker, I already had a passion for ink on paper and the book form challenged me to transform my 2-d work into sculptural form. Although bookart has never been my primary interest, I have returned to it for variety and as a unique way to express myself throughout my career.”


Another artist inspired by these scrolls was Leigh Hyams (1926–2013). Though she was primarily known a painter, visual journals were an integral part of her travels around the world. She carried a sketchbook with her at all times and often created art inspired by her journeys when she returned home. She first lived in San Miguel from 1958 to 1962 while earning her MFA at the Instituto Allende. Later, she lived in San Francisco, often collaborating with experimental artist and bookmaker Howard Munson at the Center for Book Arts. In 2000, Leigh returned to her beloved San Miguel for the final chapter of her life, and it was here in Mexico that she created the bookart seen in this exhibition. Leigh’s extensive art archives are stored at her home in Colonia Guadalupe, where her daughter, Gina Hyams, serves as executor of her estate



After several decades as an improvising musician, composer, and producer, DJ Barrett has evolved as a visual artist whose work reflects the intersection between improvisation and composition. Collage, assemblage, and mixed media are complimented by his affinity for vernacular materials such as cardboard, wire, wood and metal. A self-taught artist, he embraces fortunate accidents, blatant mistakes, and inept craftsmanship, and finds that iron workers in San Miguel are the best assistants when it comes to experimenting with new materials. His bold art “un-books” and installations don’t fit neatly into any context or category, making them all the more intriguing. Come join us this month, we think you'll be intrigued and inspired!


Jan 1, 2019

WUNDERKAMMER


New exhibition by Barcelona artist Cynthia Fusillo opens Thursday, with a public reception on Sunday, January 6, from 2-5 pm.  Stop in to meet the artist and share some Rosca de Reyes after shopping the Mercado Rural at Via Organica. Big day! Start the new year with fabulous events, always waiting for you in Colonia Guadalupe!

CURIOSITIES CONJUGATED IN THE FEMININE

Fusillo's statement: 

"I am intrigued by the act of creation as a human necessity and as a means of reconstructing our relationship to Nature. 
Collecting and collaging “things that I find interesting and curious” in my surroundings fascinate me. By using Nature in this process I feel more connected to the world and something larger than myself. 

My studio is a sort of Wunderkammer: A room of curiosities.

During the Renaissance curious and indefinable objects, books and drawings were collected and exhibited in a cabinet or room in a private residence.  It is said to be the beginning of the idea of a Museum. 


Women have been collaging, beading , collecting photos, scraps of clothing/textiles, and quilting for centuries. The Feminist artists Miriam Shapiro and Melissa Meyer have written that these were activities that women did in the home in search of a way to express deep emotions or even in some cases survival. I strongly adhere to this belief in my art practice. 


I marry the materials with my interest in working in a vein between artistic and artisanal – sewing, collaging, gathering, saving, collecting, recycling and patterning – emphasizing the functional as well as the aesthetic. These are all practices that are rooted in the heritage of the feminine." 



Dec 5, 2018

December Exhibition


Come celebrate with us as we explore artful alternate realities in images of la Virgen de Guadalupe, the much beloved patrona of my San Miguel neighborhood, the arts district of Colonia Guadalupe. She’s also known as Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Empress of the Americas and Queen of Mexico. In her pre-conquest identity, she’s Tonantzin, Mother of all the gods, Aztec Mother Earth, or Coatlicue. Fifteen artists have created 12x12” works in all techniques, representative of her feast day December 12.

La Diosa Sin Fronteras! With talk of "the wall" and the refugee crisis, we find La Virgen on the border, at the crossroads. She has infiltrated the consciousness of millions, crossing borders not only between Mexico and the U.S. but between sacred and secular, old world and new, the powerful and the oppressed, Catholic and non-Catholic, Native and non-native. "12x12: Guadalupe/Tonantzin" explores the cultural borders and boundaries through the works of painters, sculptors, digital and mixed media artists.

For all the history, ideaolgy and colonization she represents, she remains a helpful mother figure, a fierce warrior, and the one we call on when we or our world are in distress.

In addition to this multi-artist collective, I’ll be showcasing my collection of Guadalupe memorabilia from nearly thirty years until today, never before viewed all together. It should make for a powerful addition to her feast that the entire country will celebrating next week. Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!


The top of my 1998 calendar.... this says it all. 


Sep 2, 2018

WE'RE ONE YEAR OLD!!!

Last week I signed another one year lease for La Huipilista Artspace. (that's as much as my landlord will give) It's been a fantastic year, full of new friends and old, much art and adventure, inspiration and beauty! And it has been my extreme pleasure to host exciting exhibitions, people and events in our little corner of San Miguel. Here are some of the highlights:



 





We'll be celebrating our first year anniversary Friday night, Sept. 7, from 5 to 7 pm,  and you're all invited back. I hope you can make it. La Huipilista Artspace, Julian Carrillo 1, Colonia Guadalupe. 


Jul 22, 2018

VOLCANIC CONVERSATIONS

It's impossible to ignore the increase in volcanic activity this year, from Hawaii to 
Guatemala to Japan, disrupting the lives of thousands of people across the globe. 
This natural phenomena has been the theme of Hawaii-based artist Rose-Marie Glen's 
work for the last few years. Her exhibition "Volcanic Conversations: Madame 
Pele Speaks" opened Friday night to a receptive crowd, who now want to know 
more about her process and hear her first-hand stories of what it's like 
to live near this Goddess, Madame Pele.

We've scheduled an artist talk and demonstration of the Japanese 
woodblock process called Mokuhanga, next Sunday, July 29,
at 4pm here at La Huipilista Artspace. Julian Carrillo 1, in Colonia 
Guadalupe.  Admission is free, come join us if you can! 

Jun 27, 2018

SYMBIOTIC TENSIONS


Symbiotic Tensions installation at La Huipilista Artspace, 2018
This collaborative installation by Elaine Grenier and Sylvia Tello Trumbull has captivated every visitor to the gallery for almost an entire month. Organic, mystical, space - transforming, it's been compared to icy stalagmites and pods from another dimension. Originally slated to end on June 30, we've decided to hold it over 2 more weeks, until July 8. 
Here's what the artists had to say about their working together and the birth of these forms.