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the fragile act of balance

“…Alejandro’s way of creating art can be said as resembling the ancient nomadic tribe – wherever he goes, he would cultivate there and harvest his crops to make a living. It can also be said as organic – the ultimate appearance of his sculptures is largely decided by the force of nature, not his own will. In these gravity defying installations, the universal and the individual co-exist beautifully.” london-art.net

Latin American Acquisition Committee consume Mestizo and converse with Alejandro Almanza Pereda

Our good friends Richard Hamilton and Virginia Cowles Schroth from the American Patrons of the TATE helped us to coordinate a visit of the Latin American Acquisition Committee of the TATE to the exhibition I DID IT MY WAY AND TOOK THE HIGHWAY. We had presentations by Alejandro Almanza Pereda, Tanya Barson and Marina Kurikhina. Mestizo restaurant offered some culinary delights and prepare drinks brought to us by Olmeca Tequila. Mexican food recently was recognized by UNESCO as a cultural world heritage, making it a perfect addition to the visit.

Tiqui Atencio had kindly received us all at her beautiful home in London the previous day, and our old friend Jack Kirkland also extended his hospitality well into the night. They were joined by a wealth of charming people at the exhibition, and we made many new friends, surrounded by Alejandros work.

the fragile act of balance

“…Alejandro’s way of creating art can be said as resembling the ancient nomadic tribe – wherever he goes, he would cultivate there and harvest his crops to make a living. It can also be said as organic – the ultimate appearance of his sculptures is largely decided by the force of nature, not his own will. In these gravity defying installations, the universal and the individual co-exist beautifully.” london-art.net

Hoxton Square Gallery Visits

“…The site-specific installations which command the space give insight into the artist’s methods, allowing the viewer to piece together the processes which are so vital to construction of these works. Two works in particular captured my attention, ‘After all these years I realised that it is better to live outside the garden with her than inside without her’ (2011), an installation which beautifully captures the fragility of the materials used, as well as the sentiment behind the title. ‘Horro vacui’, a painting covered in concrete in a way which is both haphazard and measured at once, leaves its mark among the other installations in the room. I will definitely follow the work of Alejandro Almanza Pereda in the future…” specsgallery

JD Evans & João Guarantani visit the exhibition, drink coffee, and chat about the power of art…

John D. Evans from the Lodeveans Collection came back to see the exhibition with João Guarantani, Curator and Project Manager of Gallery 32 at Embassy of Brazil in London. Much chat about Alejandro Almanza Peredas work, the exhibition, and Latin American cooperation through the arts. Evans’ photographic talents caught a great picture in movement of Marina Kurikhina giving the tour- its on our Facebook page. Later on in the private room, Marcela Florido of our exhibition team here in London led the conversation about the fascinating urban regeneration efforts in Rio, spearheaded by arts initiatives such as hers.

200 art lovers, 5 hours of fun…

200 art lovers joined us for the first view of works by Alejandro Almanza Pereda. Many old friends, and new ones such as Vanessa Arelle who earlier this week assumed her position as cultural attache at the Mexican Embassy in the United Kingdom.

I DID IT MY WAY AND TOOK THE HIGHWAY

We inaugurate Alejandro Almanza Pereda’s solo exhibition in London in les than one week! I DID IT MY WAY AND TOOK THE HIGHWAY

For it, Alejandro has visited London three times over the last few months, and we have travelled the UK in search for objects that merit forming part of his incredible installations. He has engrossed himself in 24hr creative frenzies, and the results are blooming. Marina Kurikhina has surpassed herself as curator through the selection of works, and the commissioning of many new and site-specific pieces; in the process of conditioning Kenny Schachter’s Rove Gallery ready for this great work, she has all but refurbished it!

We have had so much attention and enthusiasm already from our wonderful supporters, be they patrons, professional volunteers or interns, and we are welcoming more contributions to this project everyday.

Now- we are looking forward to welcoming you!

Modelando estándar on the walls, & Pedro Reyes curates Raphael Montañez Ortíz

Eric Beltrán and Jorge Satorre have been working on a collaborative piece entitled modelando estándar at Casa Vecina in Mexico City Center. During the MACO art fair, they exhibited large prints of parts of this vast body of work pasted to the walls at this location, as well as in the art library at LABOR, which coincidentally, also boasted an extraordinary show curated by Pedro Reyes of the artist Raphael Montañez Ortíz

Thrift Markets & long drives with Alejandro Almanza Pereda- in the UK before MACO

Alejandro Almanza Pereda spent a few days with us in London in the prelude to starting work with us for his exhibition in May 2011. Its been a crazy past week for him, flying Berlin-London-NY-London-Mexico. We also spent a good day driving around the UK looking for original artifacts for his spice specific work.

Among the Mexicans we saw at ARCO 2011

If one arrived on the correct side of the enormous convention centre in which ARCO Madrid 2011 was hosted, a few steps from the entrance, a gallery proudly exhibited works by José Davila & Marco Rountree Cruz. We also caught glimpses of Artemio’s tiles and a solo presentation by Alejandro Almanza Pereda with the works we saw him making in Mexico, exhibited in the Latin American section. Numerous galleries held works by Bosco Sodi.