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Carlos Ballester’s Ethos Mitológico

By Adriana Tapia

The purpose and driver of this new artistic undertaking is the recasting of ordinary daily events as a possible roadmap for transcendental exploration.

Each individual piece of art bears a relation to the spaces that in turn define it, so the work therefore contains certain automatic gestures that determine its conformation.

Ethos Mythologico is simply the custom related to an act of communication, the search for ways to materialize the deeds that surround a tale as told. It emerges as the result of a dialogue between the creative/productive process and the relation to the others.

The project comprises a 28-day residency in the MuvArte Gallery in San Miguel de Allende, followed by a 60-day in-situ exhibit. The gallery’s space lends itself as an environment for the critical buildup of the exhibit. Upon inauguration, the artist will present only a set of objects, a body of work in progress, and loosely jointed accumulations. This starting point serves as convocation of intents to analyze, critique, respond, and participate in the construction of a body of work, attempting a contextual dialogue that concludes with the intervention rationale for that space. This initial phase will last approximately one month and will conclude with a re-inauguration of the finished montage, a direct result of the interactive processes of the residency.

The curatorial enterprise will be carried out by MuVarte in an effort to confirm certain dialogues involving the constructive artist, Carlos Ballester, and the input obtained from encounters with the public, as well as speakers, photographers, and critics in general—all ranging from the layman to the specialist.

The two-month exhibit is indeed a continuation of the live experimental forum set forth by the residency. Throughout the entire three-month project, MuvArte will facilitate an on-site radio transmission station that will invite spontaneous participation from the public, highlighting the dialectic underpinning of the project.

Certain content of the oeuvre for the project will be sourced from Carlos Ballester’s art studio “Xoneculli/Ocotitla,” alluding to the found object discourse that the artist has developed over more than two decades of field work and incessant travels across the continent.

From an anthropologic stratographic viewpoint, the objectives of Ethos Mythologico trace a particular analysis into the means that constructed objects have to create nodes in the history of events and ordinary happenings that, in such a way, become extraordinary.

Until April 2 at MuVarte Galería, Prol. Valle Alcocer 32 (near SAPASMA),,, 152 2425/415 100 6243.


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