AMBASSASDOR JOURNAL: MELISSA FURNESS: WEEK 4

Today I had a meeting scheduled with curator Tatiana Cuevas Guevara to discuss my newly formed project ideas. We were to meet a a coffee shop, so I took the opportunity to take a nice morning walk and observe more of the city. I really enjoy the colors and patterns and beautiful parks. The city is like a lesson in color theory… amazing contrasts and pops of vivid color.

You don’t see this in the U.S. to the extent that you do here. Even the colors that people wear are inspiring.

The palm trees are somehow always a surprise to me here as well. Lush green.

The mornings here are a wonderful experience. Fantastic walks.

I really enjoyed meeting Tatiana, and for the first time, I felt good about the piece that I am beginning… The start of something so new is really so difficult, because you are trying so hard to put some words to what you are mulling over in your head and they just come out like nonsense or they just sound kind of stupid when you attempt an explanation… like beheadings and frogs, and stacks of paintings like a pyramid and trash mixed up with creation myths and history and messes of paint who knows what else. At any rate, I am happy to know that I can now make sense of all of these thoughts and speak about it to others and have it make sense too. Give me a few more days, and I’ll be able to translate that to writing as well.

Since I was in the neighborhood of one of the contemporary art galleries that I had been suggested to see, I decided to stop by before heading to the studio. The name of the gallery is Kurimanzutto. I have to say that going to a gallery here in Mexico City is quite different from other locales. You have to search for the address… and sometimes search for something that might be a door, and then then buzz in the hopes that someone will let you in…. and all the while you are thinking, “Am I in the right place?”

I saw an exhibition by Daniel Guzmán titled “death never takes a vacation”, and it looks like I caught it just in time, as it closes in two days. It seems that there is this trend to produce work on ephemeral surfaces. These drawing/paintings were all done on cheap craft or butcher paper. As a result, I questioned the way that they were framed.

The preciousness of the framing didn’t seem to suit the nature of the materials used. I would have liked to see the pieces tacked up with pins or just free-floating on the wall. The glass of the frames just produced too much shine, which didn’t work with the surface of the drawings.

However, the drawings themselves were quite interesting. I liked the exhibition title in relation to the use of the butcher paper. It is a beautiful space. I will have to come back again when the next exhibition opens.

I made it back to the studio just in time for a batch of my canvases to arrive. I was pretty excited! It was a big load of boxes…

which led me to the task of unwrapping them all…. Every single individually wrapped canvas. Needless to say, it took a very long time. over two and a half hours. At least when I finished I was quite proud to have a nicely full studio.

Oh my, loads of work to do. That begins tomorrow.

 

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