This week in art

Postmodern glyphs

By Flor Acosta

There are constant challenges in art, be they visual arguments or the introduction of new techniques; in the artistic discipline itself one must constantly reconsider and understand, as technology changes so rapidly.

Art opening: Photos by Carolina de la Cajiga. Fri, Mar 2, 7-9pm, Galería Atelier de Flor Acosta, Tata Nacho 8, Colonia Guadalupe

For three years the Galería Atelier de Flor Acosta has attempted to show photography as an artistic discipline worthy of dignity and respect. To whet the visual appetite this year, I am delighted to present the photographic work of the visual artist Carolina de la Cajiga, in which we can see an interesting innovation, described as postmodern glyphs.

In the words of Carolina, “For me art is achieving a balance between reality and the imagination through the transformation of everyday objects. I love experimenting, to find ways of converting my thoughts into reality. What is fashionable in art doesn’t interest me, my method is to continue with eclectic artistic experimentation to produce original and exciting art.”

“I decided to explore a conversion between painting and photography. To paint is to realize on a surface that which exists in my mind.To photograph is to remove what exists, leaving only that which my mind seeks. Leaving the paintbrush for the lens has been hard work but the result has been worth it.”

After the opening, the gallery can be visited by appointment through

Ch’ulel Itz by Pasha Ra, Installation, video and performance

By Marianna Torres

Pasha Ra (Pasha Radetzki) is an artist from Byelorussia who has worked in New York City since the 1990s. His sculpture, installation and performance art have appeared in biennials and festivals around the world, including the Beijing 798 Biennial in 2009.

Art: Biesto Collective exhibit. Sat, Feb 25, 5pm, Thus, 10am-2pm or by appoinment. Av. Bomberos SN, Plaza Real del Conde. Until Sat, Mar 31. or 154 9696

Ch’ulel Itz, the show which opens in La Cámara on February 25, appears to be about the end of the world, or maybe just about changes in perception about time and space. Through installations and videos, Pasha Ra constructs visual and auditory bridges to realities which might come from some world that does not yet exist.

Axel Lemaire (El Morro) and Leonardo Diaz talk about his vision of the cotidian, in which there live beings of every type, from monsters to friends, including themselves.

Also on display will be final work and works in progress made by participants of recent workshops held at La Camera, which is a space designed to provoke action through encounters between artists from different countries, with different concepts, who find themselves sharing a space in which they can interact and experiment.

Art Walk in Colonia San Antonio

By Shannon Reece

SAAC, (San Antonio Artist’s Community), is opening their studios this season on Sunday, February 26, from noon to 5pm. We have four new studios participating and 12 other studios that you may already know. One of our new participants is Casa Blanca, Esperanza 3A. The owners, Don and Lynn Forres, invite you to start the walk by visiting their preview space where maps will be available and examples of all the participants will be on display.

Art Walk: San Antonio Art Walk. Sun, Feb 26, 12-5pm. Colonia San Antonio

If, however, you already have your maps we suggest starting at the bottom of Pila Seca, which is San Antonio Norte, and winding your way up the hill to see the San Antonio Sur studios. Then you can finish the walk at Casa Blanca’s wind-up reception from 5 to 6:30pm to party with the artists, enjoy a beverage and listen to live music.

Colonia San Antonio is still a unique area with its high concentration of working artists’ studios; artisanías; residents and businesses. In creating SAAC, we not only hope to expose our work and creativity as a group but also to support community knowledge and participation. We hope you can come join us for a day of art and camaraderie.

Additional maps can be picked up in centro at Happening’s Gallery (inside China Palace Patio at Mesones  57), and in San Antonio at Lavinia’s Framing on Refugio Sur 35. Please visit our blog at

It’s Happening!

By Terry Daugherty

Happenings Gallery is pleased to welcome their new member, Martha Zavala Eisenberg, to their roster with an opening featuring her new works concerning discoveries of light and texture.  A graduate of the Fine Art School of  Central Tech in Toronto, Canada, she has had many one-woman shows and participated in international collectives.  This is her first show in San Miguel.

Art: Works by Martha Zavala Eisenberg. Sat, Feb 25, 6-8pm. Happenings Gallery, Mesones 57. 154-5366

Also on view are new works by gallery members: prints by Gary Berkowitz; photographs by Jo Brenzo and Javier Barras; mixed media byTerry Hertz; painting by Iris Dawson, Keith Miller and Marion Perlet. Three dimensional works are ceramics by Ellen Schechner-Johnson and Agnes Olive and assemblage by Patricia Mahon. Come meet the artists and discuss their work.



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