published in EN ROJO, Feb 27, 2014
Lillian & Jan, drawings by Lillian Mulero, 1988.
Date: SUNDAY 1:44 PM
are there, and I am here, and this is the first time this has
happened since we began writing our column ARTISTAS EN PERFIL.
Wednesday I attended the opening of the Festival de Cine
Internacional de San Juan @Cine Metro and then went to a gallery
opening @Agustina Ferreyra with our friend Betty.
loved the show "OPEN" (or rather NOPE as the neon work
artists are a duo with a 2 year-old child, known as Claire Fontaine,
(the artists not the baby :)
made me want to know them personally. By far the best
presentation @Agustina's tiny but highly formal space.
art works, clean and fine, cool and crisp, almost fill the
room. Like a Buddhist raked garden. Ironically because the
materials are what would constitute refuse, like plastic. Remember my
exhibition called "Plastic- Pleasures"? But not all
japanesey, clean and perverse and elegant. They're French,
which makes sense.
not going to describe each work. Hopefully the gallery's website has
fotos u can view.
let's not talk about the bills today.
Santa Olaya, PR
From: Jan Galligan
To: Lillian Mulero
Subject: PLASTIC PLEASURES
Date: WEDNESDAY 4:44 PM
could I forget? That was one of your most interesting exhibitions
here in New York's Capital District, and since I am now with the
archives @75GRAND, I took the trouble to dig out examples from that
show. My favorite is your sculpture of three women's heads floating
downstream in a red plastic snow sled placed atop a grand piano.
Mulero, PLASTIC PLEASURES, sculptural installation, 1999.
I was able to see all the works in the exhibition by logging onto the
gallery website. I see now why it recalled your own PLASTIC
PLEASURES. I also read the press release for the exhibition and I
especially like how Agustina describes their work as being “a
variation of the Herman Melville character Bartleby’s -- famous
sentence “I would prefer not to.” It calls for a pause, a
reflection, because everyone knows that saying “no” is always
more important and more painful than saying “yes”.”
view of galeria Agustina Ferreyra, Claire Fontaine, OPEN, 2013
This is an
incisive observation not only about the process of making, or
viewing, art but also about the process of trying to slog one's way
through the daily mire. So, NOPE, I don't think we should talk about
those bills today. But, please tell me more about the Cinefest and
what you and Betty thought about the films you saw there. BTW: what
was Betty's reaction to the OPEN exhibition?
PREFER NOT TO
Date: THURSDAY 6:14 PM
think Betty enjoyed seeing the exhibition though she didn't really
comment. She does like things that are over-the-top like
the Claire Fontaine Burning America piece.
story goes that the 1st time that this action took place, burning a sculptural map of the USA – they accidentally set fire to the Queen's Nails art gallery in San Francisco. "Sometimes it
makes you wonder about the people going under." Stevie Wonder.
Fontaine, "America (Burnt/Unburnt),"
to the Cinefest, I was only able to see the premiere movie, Hugo,
Paco, Luis y tres chicas de Rosa, a
Puerto Rican film
which I enjoyed very much. Echos of Pedro Almodovar --
funny macrabre magic-realism. Tonight was the award ceremony which I
morning I mailed out all the bills at our local Post Office. (What's
her name) wants to know what's the story with El Jefe? Why have you
been away so long?
Claire Fontaine's pee bottle, "Votre
is a pisser
because in a way similar to , "Ceci
n'est pas une pipe" it is just
a photograph – there is no urine.
Santa Olaya, PR
Date: FRIDAY 6:13 AM
truly a Wired Weird Web. With Skype, txts, Instant messages,
facebook, and Google+, I'm virtually there with you, never any
farther away than your iPhone, kindle, or iPad. I went to the
Cinefest website for information about the film you saw, but because
I was using instant translation, when I copied the film title into
the google search box, it came out Huey, Dewey, Louie, and all the
information from google was about those Walt Disney ducks.
Internet Movie Database says that the film is not scheduled for
release until February, 2014, so you saw the world premiere, which I
confirmed while reading an article about the Cinefest that I found on
Terra Networks in Chile. Then I watched the trailer on YouTube. The
most amusing part was young Paco repeatedly whistling the theme from
Twilight Zone. Do
you think anyone even remembers that tv show these days? I learned
from the Caribbean Cinemas blog that the Rodriquez brothers, director
and screenwriter, created the film as a Puerto Rico, Argentina
co-production, using actors from both countries and filming in both
locations. The New York Times indicates that Edmundo Rodriguez has
been very active, directing five films since 2004, but the reviews
for all the films have been mixed, at best. Magic-realism is
difficult to handle in cinema. You can show people floating in the
air and ghosts walking through a room, but it's hard for the viewer
to suspend disbelief in order to accept what's going on.
I can't send Edna at the post office a phone txt or email -- maybe I'll
mail her a postcard. Can't decide if I should address it to her –
or to you, and then hope that she reads it anyhow.
BTW, thanks for
paying all the bills.
From: Lillian MuleroTo:
SUNDAY 6:14 PM
Remember, when you speak of the "spectator" you always have to take into account the culture. The Latino is always ready to suspend his sense of disbelief.