website SITE is intended to offer an ever evolving insight into my practice: both as an artist and a worker. I am using the categories of Projects, Services and Collaborations to provide multiple entry points into my work. Ideally visitors will be able to make links between each of these sections, as an important aspect of my artistic production is recognizing the ways in which all of my labour (artistic and otherwise) overlap in ideas and ideals.
I am not restricted by medium, instead my works take on the forms required to best represent the ideas and concepts considered by each project. In many of my works I bring everyday items into the rarefied space of the gallery, and it might not always be clear what constitutes the work. My practice produces a minimal amount of waste.
I take on many different roles and positions in order to make it possible for me to make my work and my life sustainable. Gig work, such as cooking and preparing crew lunches, providing education workships, djing parties, working as a house painter or as a barista in a coffee shop, allows me time and flexibility to make work as an artist.
As I am not tied to any specific medium I often work with others to produce aspects of my work. This assistance is integral in helping me to realize my vision into material. With such a focus on labour in my work, it is important that these workers are paid fair labour costs when helping to produce work.
The Mobile Kitchen Lab; Mexico City
Ex Teresa Arte Actual Museum, Mexico City, Mexico
TRANSMUTED International Performance Festival
Curatorial Text: Non-Canadian Canadians
By Pancho López
A couple of visits to Canada were enough for me to become aware of its cultural multiplicity. My skin was imprinted with a never-ending exchange of experiences and situations in an active cultural scene filled with rivers of people circulating night and day… As a mere spectator, my body was exhausted from moving along its currents; as an artist, my head was spinning fast.
The exchange unfolded in layers, like an onion, slowly peeling, yielding its scent and taste, resulting in a heavily spiced atmosphere. Cities like Vancouver and Toronto share some of their secrets despite being located at almost opposite ends of their vast country; the secrets of permanence, difference, and an invitation to stay. Many people seek new possibilities, challenges, and change. Among so many secrets, I observed something fascinating: something so old, it revealed itself as unique, even as it has existed in my own house for so many years. People that pass through, that stay, that decide to remain, that move in, that move out… people that live, seek and invent a new life for themselves.
Canadians in transit, under construction.
These recent visits allowed me to meet new people, new ways of performing in a foreign environment, new ways to assume the surroundings and make them one’s own. I found a parallel universe within the grand stage of the city. I surrounded myself with these people-in-transit that fight to stay, and have managed to remain. This parallel universe also exists in México, but this journey compelled me to contemplate it and extract it. To point towards difference from a space of belonging. Being a visitor, as I was just as alien, but I fit in this grand stage of the foreign, in this space alone, with the same possibility of staying– eyes shining–as I caressed the next layer of the onion. How to construct oneself again? How to insert oneself adequately? Survival is the ultimate test and experimentation is of the essence. The body, our body, is the only weapon at our disposal. It is the principal instrument avaliable to write our histories.
The idea of further observing this experience arises from notions of identity, citizenship, belonging: concepts that define, that mark… Selecting a small group of Canadian artists from different nationalities, TRANSMUTED seeks to (re) construct or (re) signify this state of being, where one simultaneously is and isn’t, where change is the name of the game, and difference is an everyday reality.
Credits and Thank You's:
Pancho Lopez, Maggie Flynn and all Ex Teresa Arte Actual Museum workers, technicians and staff.
SUPER special thanks: to my Mother, Suad.