Nov 03, 2011 - 09:35 am CDT

MACC: A Ground Breaking, Multi-National, Multi-Media Exhibit

"HEIR today, gone tomorrow" Displays the state of the arts in the 21st Century
Carlos Dojuan's work feature his pregnant wife. In his own words, his paintings"...document several cultures and movements". They are rooted in the traditions of graffiti and speak to Latino and more specifically immigrant culture.
Gabriel Dawes shares a series of works that are connected by representing an evolution of endeavors and creative processes by which they are created. His Mexican birthplace is represented in his pieces, which pull from colorful native traditions in textile and embroidery. 
The quietly sprawling installation shown below was created by Los Outsiders curator Michael Anthony Garcia. This work openly shares his connection to the decades of mysterious murders in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico near his childhood home of El Paso, Texas, and the escalating drug violence affecting his friends throughout the Mexican nation.
he exhibit at the The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Main Gallery (on display through August 27, 2011) combines some of the newer trends of technology in art with unique uses of traditional methodologies. 
  HEIR today, gone tomorrow, a curatorial exhibit by Los Outsiders, features the works of 14 artists. Los Outsiders have linked works of various artists from the States of Texas and Tennessee to Mexico, exploring the complexities of inheritance, legacy and human interaction. In their own words "The body of work becomes a journal, meta-cognitive examination of who we are through our relationships, culture and heritage". 
  It's not often that an art exhibit can actually be said to break new ground. However when technology advances to the point where it begins to be seamlessly integrated into traditional mediums, let alone culturally specific messages, this claim should be considered valid. 
  Some of the pieces utilize traditional materials in traditional ways. Some utilize traditional materials in non traditional ways. Yet some blend the latest in technologies, incorporated into traditional mediums that will change the face of art going forward. 
  HEIR today, gone tomorrow includes the work of Daniel Adame (Houston, TX), Aisen Caro Chacin (Austin, TX), Paco Castro (Guadalajara, Mexico) Gabriel Dawe (Dallas, TX), Carlos Donjuan (Dallas TX), Santiago Forero (Austin, TX), Eduardo Xavier Garcia (Austin, TX), Sergio Garcia (Dallas, TX), William Hundley (Austin, TX), Kristy Perez (San Antonio, TX), Carlos Rosales-Silva (Austin, TX), Amelia Winger-Bearskin (Nashville, TN). 
  Additional kudos are due to the Los Outsider curators Michael Anthony Garcia (Austin, TX) and Hector Hernandez (Austin, TX). Their use of the latest smart phone technology, the "Quick Response Barcodes" (postage stamp like graphics starting to show up everywhere) allows visitors in-depth descriptions of each piece through the Internet or they can easily be reviewed later. 
  The pieces in the exhibit display meticulous mastery of materials as well as technology. Several pieces incorporate video presentations into both framed art and sculptural works. This artistic device certainly promises to become de riguer in contemporary art. Especially now, that creative process of display technology and the public’s reliance on short videos have become universally accepted as part of daily life. 
  Equally intriguing is the appearance of DNA testing as an art form and artistic statement. Visitors are invited to hypothesize about the owner of the exhibited DNA sample ultimately used to generate the presented data and submit their own as well. 
  This exhibit is well worth a trip to the MACC!