Particularity of perspectives. Strictly my opinion- on the Mexican current art scene in the state of Guanajuato.
It’s probably been 10 years since I’ve been paying close attention to how art groups/collectives/galleries/dealers have fluctuated and eventually disappeared from this artistically ignored area of Mexico. In the last two months I’ve encountered some fresh blood that has shown some peculiar new qualities or maybe I failed to notice them when they were present all along.
A new Art Gallery opened this past Saturday, among its amenities this new space serves as a gallery/tattoo parlor/spa/deco/young kids with bill balls club house. Its humble name: Tulán.
This unusual combination might sound odd but most interesting things tend to exceed in their oddity. So bear with me (grawr!!!! O_O) as I will try to explain the use for a place and space of this kind.
The state of Guanajuato has changed its direction; from the Diego Rivera infested ideologies, shared with bull fighters’ chivalry and brilliant criticism from Jorge Ibargüen Goitia to an apathetic industrialized intellectually incestuous University town, where each step forward must be quantified with a Facebook approval popularity contest that hides beneath its real intent: MONEY. This is why I don’t ever get tired of quoting Saint Thomas Aquinas: “Beauty is found in integrity” and I will return to this idea time and again until this industrialized artisan’s renaissance dies from constipation or bursts like a puss ridden boil on the neck of a sexy but idiotic muse.
Tulán Gallery is an accessible and non pretentious place unlike others it is not filled with insecurities. It truly is a room and space to share and grow. The community of Leon Guanajuato should embrace places like this as therapy and support for artists of all ages who want to make a living off their work and learn a thing or two along the way in the process.
Kind and humble with realistic dreams and hopes I highly recommend artists to knock on Tulán Gallery’s door and learn the true value of collaboration. There is a tremendous contrast between their counterparts, or at least I consider their counterparts which seem unable to grasp reality.
Kunst Niehus, a snobby traveling market of Facebook “Like” greedy money driven inconsistent boys and girls who have out dated discussion topics as their slogans: ‘WHAT IS ART?’. Well, if you want to know what art is, pick up a book or two… or maybe twenty and come to the conclusion that helps you sleep at night like most aspiring artists do. Or simplify matters with the common “It’s a social conception”… even though we know there is more to it, and because it’s healthy and most of us could not live without it. Vitamin “A”.
Kunst Niehus manages a series of artists who have leftover work lingering around waiting to be pushed onto a market that can’t define itself what Art is. About 10% of these art works are worth investing in, ignoring the overpriced student work that should be stuck on moms’ refrigerators.
We are all created equals and choose our individual paths, but for some of the artists the paths they choose have a dead end. Tulán itself is a dead end street, but with courage and commitment to their social endeavor. The industrialized city of Leon will not allow any failure and where failure is not expected the brave are the only ones who survive. Breathing life into the back alley way is a must for the mental health of this young community.
The consistency in the artwork that hangs on their walls is proof of hard work and quality control that closes the gap of the crap. Direct communication and collaboration with the artist involved in their exhibits share a sense of camaraderie. A window of what is going on in our social mental health in this place and time we are all part of.
For there will always be crap hanging on walls: If you want a cheap investment that may keep its price up next year go for Kunst Niehus’ 10%. If you want an investment towards the local art community and art that will multiply your investment throughout the years go straight to Tulán, get a massage and inked up surrounded by fresh youth and honest people.
Criticism Disclaimer My opinion is nothing more than that. I have no intention in fluctuating the well being of anyone or any company. If taken in offense or legal matters you will not receive an apology nor will I succumb to threats. You don’t have to read my opinion if it generates ugly feelings in your little tummy. Go running to mommy. She will make things better.