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Carlos Pez Inaugurates New Show at YAM Gallery

“Haz Tierra” by Carlos Pez
Fri, Dec 16, 7pm
YAM Gallery
Instituto Allende

By Marie Moebius

A new exhibition is to be inaugurated on December 16 at YAM Gallery. With this show, Mexican artist Carlos Pez gives a final touch to his traveling project “Haz Tierra” (“Touch Ground”), a show which has been exhibited at the Museum of the Arts in Guadalajara (MUSA) and at the artistic residency L’Octroi in Tours, France. In a casual conversation, Carlos gives us more clues about his artwork in general and this more specific project.

Marie Moebius: Who are you, Carlos Pez?

Carlos Pez: I am a Mexican artist. I was born in Mexico City, where I run a painting and lithograph studio called Perro Bravo. When I was a kid, my parents would take the family on long camping trips to the Pacific coast, and this feeling of inhabiting a temporary home has really marked me: I enjoy the practice of creating on the move, and I set up my working studio in new places.

MM: Your new show to be held at YAM Gallery, “Haz Tierra,” is in fact the result of two artistic residencies.

CP: Yes, I was first invited by the MUSA (Museum of the Arts) in Guadalajara to spend two months creating in situ. I moved my whole studio from Mexico City to the museum and invited the public to visit me while working. It has been a rich experiment to exchange with people on the power of art. To me, art is a refuge of peace and sharing. The show has been a huge success; we had more than 30,000 visitors!

After that, I was selected to work on an artistic residency in Tours, France. It is a beautiful town on the banks of the River Loire. There I followed on with the same project, painting, drawing, and installing.

MM: I understand you enjoy working in community and that you have invited local artists to work with you.

CP: Here, I am inviting the artists of the San Miguel-based Proyecto Showroom to spend time with me. We will organize collective drawing sessions, and the artists will have a space to show their work included in my exhibition. “Haz Tierra” talks about the energy you get back from the ground, from working on something you enjoy, and I love to share it with others.

MM: What will you show at YAM Gallery?

CP: For the exhibition at YAM, I will bring works produced both in Guadalajara and Tours and adapt the installation to the space of the gallery. It is all about occupying the location. My work can go from abstract to realistic. I work a lot with my lithographic press. I mix medias: painting, drawing, and collage. I use found objects to intervene in the space, like installations which tell a story about the place where I am. I will also show an installation of ceramic pieces I am producing in Dolores Hidalgo. I think of my work as something very organic, close to basic energies, feelings, and sensations, to make one with people and places, “to touch ground.”


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