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Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Amerika 1

Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Amerika 1 (After Franz Kafka) (1984-1985), oil paintstick, acrylic, china marker, and pencil on book pages on rag paper mounted on canvas [Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA, Jan 23-May 31] The JPMorgan Chase Art Collection

Dios Nunca Muere: the visual politics of transmutation
in contemporary Oaxacan art

Deluge Contemporary Art and Open Space
Victoria BC – Apr 2-May1, 2010

Saul Hernandez, Plan to commit a ritual murder at the Centre for the Arts in St. Augustine Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico

Saul Hernandez, Plan to commit a ritual murder at the Centre for the Arts in St. Augustine Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico (2010), artist book, single edition [Deluge Contemporary Art and Open Space, Victoria BC, Apr 2-May 1]

Rosa Vallejo, Multiplied and arranged motives

Rosa Vallejo, Multiplied and arranged motives (2009), installation, mixed media on paper [Deluge Contemporary Art and Open Space, Victoria BC, Apr 2-May 1]

Dios Nunca Muere (literally, “God Never Dies”) features the work of 17 artists from the Oaxaca region of Southern Mexico. Curated by Deborah de Boer in Victoria and Luis Hampshire in Oaxaca, the exhibition examines contemporary art over the last two decades as well as the constraints of geography on communication and production on artists, galleries and curators in the isolated regions that make up the remote area.

Although Oaxaca is well known for its colourful indigenous crafts, particularly weavings and alebrijes (carved wooden figures), the emergent contemporary art scene has been only sporadically recognized on an international level. The practitioners are well-educated and immersed in global approaches and perspectives.

As described by the curators, “…this new wave of artist/provocateurs is dismantling the prevailing hegemony of the Romantic artist/auteur in favour of collaborative approaches, social practice and self-examination.” Themes of repression, corruption, human rights and armed conflict can be found in many of the works, which express contemporary dichotomies and take advantage of international iconographies and conceptual approaches.

The Canadian part of the touring exhibition was organized by Deluge Contemporary Art in conjunction with Open Space Arts Society in Victoria. Both spaces are used for the exhibition. Dios Nunca Muere is accompanied by an 80-page bilingual colour catalogue with essays by Mexican and Canadian writers. The show will subsequently travel to Mexico City and Oaxaca in 2010 and 2011.

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Mia Johnson








Arian Dylan Luján, New Perspectives In Painting

Arian Dylan Luján, New Perspectives In Painting (2009), libro recortado / cut paper [Deluge Contemporary Art and Open Space, Victoria BC, Apr 2-May 1]


 Tue, Apr 6, 2010