SCULPTURE GARDEN (DISTANCE IS [THE] MATERIAL)
New Museum of Contemporary Art (NuMu) Guatemala City
October – December 2012
Bhakti Baxter, Otto Berchem, Rodrigo Hernández, Catalina León, Gabriel Lester, Isola Norzi, David Pérez Karmadavis, Sofia Novella, Matthew Shannon, Anders Smebye, Diana de Solares, Johann Wolfschoon and anonymous Guatemala sculptors.
Invited to curate a show for NuMu, an egg-shaped tiny museum in the center of Guatemala City, I proposed to extend their limited exhibition space by taking over the run-down shopping center where the structure is located. By creating a sculpture garden, the entire complex turned into a museum and the museum itself into a sculpture.
The exhibition included a series of international artists who were invited to work on the idea of distance as strategy and material of their works and also about the possibilities of sculpture. In Spanish, escultura [sculpture] can be divided into es + cultura [is culture] which served to propose different forms of spaced-based forms, actions and gestures to be presented as sculptures, including barbecues, sound sculptures, and an artist-run food project, amongst other forms of relating to the space.
Fotos: Byron Mármol. Courtesy: the artists and NuMu.