Rock, paper, scissors

Group show

Ana Braconi, Diego Berruecos, Edgar Orlaineta, Emilio Chapela, Elisa Pinto, Federico Lanzi, Hulda Guzmán, Iván Krassoievitch, Nicolás Bedel, Paula Cortazar and Sol Pipkin.

As complex as art may seem, it has an angle that all children can understand and enjoy. Art is always an expression of freedom (I heard Guillermo Santamarina –then curator of the Carril- lo Gil Museum– once say, to help the personnel come up with a booklet for children). During childhood, words such as “art”, “imagination” and “creativity” are practical synonyms.

Children are good readers of contemporary art. They are not surprised, for example, to see Bruce Nauman walking and wiggling his hips along the perimeter of a square that’s been traced on the floor, or that Lucio Fontana rips up his paintings in a wild manner. The work only inter- ests or bores them or makes them laugh. Childhood is the age of narrative and fantasy, and in that sense, it resolves what it sees in art quite easily.

From this perspective, we chose pieces that in themselves can make children curious, and take advantage of this link to talk to them about other concepts that have to do with art and don’t strictly adhere to the realm of creativity, but of rationality.

Since this is an ambitious goal and we’re not children to know it all, we thought about simplify- ing some of the concepts that us adults make such such a big effort to complicate. Through visual and narrative exercises, we want to talk to children about scale and volume, about aesthetic de- cisions, different techniques, etc., but also about the possibility to decontextualize, define, con- sider or criticize as part of the artistic practice. In short, we want to invite them to think about art as an elastic and flexible idea where many things can be said and where we can all fit in.

Luisa Reyes Retana
June 2016