Visual Art

COSMICOMICOS El Secreto … Detras del Escenario

The COSMICOMICOS are a theatre group, now together 10 years – you can see some of their previous works on this site like Princesa de los Vientos (2012) and Los Colmillos del Oeste (2011).  In this video we interview Director Sergio Salinas, Dramaturge Paola Reyes, Production Director Juan Chavez, Costume Designer Susana Salinas, Set Designer Sandra Santiago and Musician/Arranger Jesus Sanchez – and we take a look at rehearsal footage shot in the Palacio de Convenciones of Zacatecas, obviously for a piece this huge you need a big space.

The COSMICOMICOS have now been together about 10 years, growing out of a street theatre and improvisation base into larger and more complex pieces.  This year they toured Venezuela, an upcoming Colombia tour is in the works, and as Juan says here each step involves more contacts and further challenges – for instance for some of the pirates featured here its their first time in front of a crowd of several thousand, so the nerves are up.  For the music, composed and principally performed by David Duron & Jesus Sanchez, the University of Zacatecas Symphony recorded tracks and performed live.  So its bigger and better all the time…

The masks in the central scene are designed and fabricated out of resin by Mexico City/Zacatecas sculptor Hugo Calderon.

For you English speakers I promise subtitles when I get caught up!  In any case, the upcoming video of the primiere of The Secret needs no translation – its pure large scale visual and audio imagery.

http://loscosmicomicos.com  to take a look at the scope of the COSMICOMICOS´work, and to get in touch.

Juan Manuel Garcia WOODCUTS

Juan Manuel Garcia is an artist and writer who is part of the “affordable art” movement – these prints were displayed in the format of a “tendero”, a shopkeeper, and priced at $100 MXN per print, less than $8 USD.  His work covers personal as well as traditional themes, and as you see the woodcuts are strong and vibrant.  If you want to buy a few let me know and we´ll figure out how to ship them.  This exhibition was sponsored by El Pasillo A.C. community arts center, which is involved in all sorts of arts promotion and production including interchanges between artists in Tijuana,  Zacatecas and Los Angeles CA, and lots of expositions around Mexico.

Taller de ESCULTURA

The Zacatecas Mexico Secretary of Culture developed a sculpture workshop a year ago in a large space above its own office installations. With individual artist workshops as well as commissions and programs for the public its creative productive atmosphere overlooking the colonial city and mountains is a great place to visit and work. With a bronze foundry and materials such as stone, granite, marble and whatever artists who have not yet had the 3 dimensional experience check out this aspect of creative work. In this video we meet some of the participants and watch them work.

 

 

Abstract Artists of Jalisco Mexico

This show at the Manuel Felguerez museum provides an overview of new and not so new artists out of the state of Jalisco, Mexico.  What is incredible about the state of Zacatecas MX is the wealth of support and energy in the visual arts, well incredible to somebody like me from the US.  Here in these episodes we will look at this work being done and being exhibited here in this region, I encourage you all to come and enjoy.

Carlos Castañeda artista: el Arte y la Muerte

Carlos Castañeda is a young printmaker and visual artist from Aguascalientes, Mexico. He works from cadavres and pictures of violent death. The first part of this video explores briefly images of death in art across eras and cultures. Then we interview Carlos at an opening of a recent exhibition and take a look at his work.

Culture Fest 2013 – music, art & more

Here are a few highlights from the Zacatecas Cultural Festival 2013.  Codigo Postal is a really nice musical group from Veracruz for jazz-folk sound.  The Javier Marin sculpture exhibition shows off this artist´s range, he has achieved an international reputation http://javiermarin.com.mx/en, we are very fortunate here in Mexico to have access to so many great visual artists and their work.

These videos and more content are now featured on Mexico Explorer TV in the series hosted by Susana Salinas “Pasion por las Artes.”  Mexico Explorer TV is on satellite from USA south to Venezuela, soon to be on cable systems throughout Mexico.  http://www.mexicoexplorer.com.mx/