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MECANISMOS is a platform where emerging galleries, exhibition spaces and venues - for the sale and exposure of contemporary art practices - may present the work of up-and-coming artists who have entered the market after 2006. Proposals were based on a curatorial concept within the context of an art fair. The applications were reviewed by Carla Acevedo-Yates, Independent Curator and Assistant Curator at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU.

 

MECA INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR ANNOUNCES SELECTION FOR EMERGING PROJECTS SECTION: MECANISMOS

 

After a month-long review of conceptually sound and compelling applications, MECA International Art Fair x San Juan 2017 is pleased to inform the official list of projects that have been accepted to be part of the special projects section of MECA Art Fair 2017, MECANISMOS.

About the selection process, MECANISMOS curator Carla Acevedo-Yates comments: ”The decision was difficult, but we had to narrow down our selection to eight projects due to space constraints. The final selection was made taking into account the conceptual rigor of the proposal, the proposed installation of the booth, and the selection of artists or artist presented. At the end, the chosen proposals range from, references to aspects of Caribbean vernacular culture, be it social rituals, architecture, or craft; ideological themes related to coloniality; and metaphysical concerns on time, the body, materials, and materiality. Overall, the level of the submissions was very high and I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing each one of the proposals”.

 

The projects selected include proposals by:

 
Eva Mayhabal Davis (New York, NY) - with a presentation of recent works by Puerto Rican multimedia artist Ricardo Cabret (Puerto Rico, 1985).

Eva Mayhabal Davis (New York, NY) - with a presentation of recent works by Puerto Rican multimedia artist Ricardo Cabret (Puerto Rico, 1985).

 
La Estación Espacial (San Juan, PR) -  with recent works by Puerto Rican artists Javier Bosques, Guillermo Rodríguez, and Chaveli Sifre.

La Estación Espacial (San Juan, PR) -  with recent works by Puerto Rican artists Javier Bosques, Guillermo Rodríguez, and Chaveli Sifre.

 
GAMMA GALERÍA (Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX) - presenting an iteration of Martín Soto-Climent (Mexico City, 1977) personification series, questioning both the artist's identity and the gallery's role in an art fair context.

GAMMA GALERÍA (Guadalajara, Jalisco, MX) - presenting an iteration of Martín Soto-Climent (Mexico City, 1977) personification series, questioning both the artist's identity and the gallery's role in an art fair context.

 
Km 0.2 (San Juan, PR) - an artist-run space, will explore points of tension behind notions of isotropy and tropical architecture through the works of Mariana Murcia (Bogotá, 1988), Yiyo Tirado (Puerto Rico, 1990), Santiago Pinyol (Bogotá, 1982), and Javier Bosques (Puerto Rio, 1985).

Km 0.2 (San Juan, PR) - an artist-run space, will explore points of tension behind notions of isotropy and tropical architecture through the works of Mariana Murcia (Bogotá, 1988), Yiyo Tirado (Puerto Rico, 1990), Santiago Pinyol (Bogotá, 1982), and Javier Bosques (Puerto Rio, 1985).

 
Casa Quien (Santo Domingo, DR) - will produce an installation by Maurice Sánchez (Santo Domingo, 1972) titled “Pasatiempo Nacional” or "National Pastime", whereby she reclaims vernacular furniture as a vehicle that brings the traditional Dominican/Caribbean sport of “cock fighting” into the domestic arena.

Casa Quien (Santo Domingo, DR) - will produce an installation by Maurice Sánchez (Santo Domingo, 1972) titled “Pasatiempo Nacional” or "National Pastime", whereby she reclaims vernacular furniture as a vehicle that brings the traditional Dominican/Caribbean sport of “cock fighting” into the domestic arena.

 
Sofía Reeser del Rio (New York, NY / Culebra, PR) - an emerging independent curator, showcases her project Localidad Alterna / Alternate Locations; a dialogue between the work of two Puerto Rican emerging artists living in New York, Andria Morales and Frances Gallardo, both working with ideas of placement and displacement, nature and city, the organic and inorganic. 

Sofía Reeser del Rio (New York, NY / Culebra, PR) - an emerging independent curator, showcases her project Localidad Alterna / Alternate Locations; a dialogue between the work of two Puerto Rican emerging artists living in New York, Andria Morales and Frances Gallardo, both working with ideas of placement and displacement, nature and city, the organic and inorganic. 

 
FADS (San Juan, PR) - invited curators Andrea Bauzá and Melissa M. Ramos Borges articulate an exhibition that puts forward Rogelio Báez, Rigoberto Quintana and Omar Velázquez' work and vision of the city that dialogues with constructed structures, establishing a direct discussion with art and architecture.

FADS (San Juan, PR) - invited curators Andrea Bauzá and Melissa M. Ramos Borges articulate an exhibition that puts forward Rogelio Báez, Rigoberto Quintana and Omar Velázquez' work and vision of the city that dialogues with constructed structures, establishing a direct discussion with art and architecture.

2BLEÓ (San Juan, PR) - an artist run space founded in 2013, will present works of artists Daniel Lind Ramos, Javier and Jaime Suárez, and Eric Saunders, approaching through their works implications and limitations of the cubical or contained space.

2BLEÓ (San Juan, PR) - an artist run space founded in 2013, will present works of artists Daniel Lind Ramos, Javier and Jaime Suárez, and Eric Saunders, approaching through their works implications and limitations of the cubical or contained space.

 

Due to the volume of compelling proposals for action based work, as a separate series, MECANISMOS Curator and organizers have decided to present a special, performance-focused section, which will loosely relate to the themes of MECANISMOS, while also a affording visitors to the fair an opportunity to experience live, performative actions by contemporary artists.

 

These selected projects include:

 
“Green, how I want you Green” presented by Alaina Simone Inc.  (New York, NY) -  an experimental and interactive, bilingual performance by David Antonio Cruz, based on the last eleven poems Sonnets of Dark Love by the Spanish poet Garcia Lorca.

“Green, how I want you Green” presented by Alaina Simone Inc.  (New York, NY) -  an experimental and interactive, bilingual performance by David Antonio Cruz, based on the last eleven poems Sonnets of Dark Love by the Spanish poet Garcia Lorca.

 
KUNIKLO Collective (Trujillo Alto, PR) - “Nenormala," performance intervention project.

KUNIKLO Collective (Trujillo Alto, PR) - “Nenormala," performance intervention project.

 
Alejandro Guzmán (New York, NY) - ”Somos II,“ a site-specific multidisciplinary visual art and performance project, part of the series Creative Misunderstandings.

Alejandro Guzmán (New York, NY) - ”Somos II,“ a site-specific multidisciplinary visual art and performance project, part of the series Creative Misunderstandings.

 
Junte (Adjuntas, PR) - a local and international artist collective based in Casa Pueblo, Adjuntas, will recreate a series of structure interventions and special projects expanding on the island's rich culture and history around encounter, dance, and musicality.

Junte (Adjuntas, PR) - a local and international artist collective based in Casa Pueblo, Adjuntas, will recreate a series of structure interventions and special projects expanding on the island's rich culture and history around encounter, dance, and musicality.

 

On behalf of Meca Art Fair 2017’s organizers, partners and collaborators: we look forward to collaborating with these talented artists, curators, and commissaries to move forward their proposals and ultimately provide our diverse audience a new art fair experience. Designed for and from the Caribbean.