If you have been following along, and we sincerely hope you have, then you already know that New Orleans' Amy Mackie was selected as the 2015 CAM Perennial Curator.
Amy Mackie is a curator and writer based in New Orleans. A fierce advocate for the art community in New Orleans and Artist-run spaces, Amy is also Co-Director of PARSE (parsenola.com). She previously served as Director of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and prior to that as Curatorial Associate at the New Museum in New York. Mackie was the recipient of a 2013 Curatorial Fellowship from the Stavanger Municipality Culture Department in Norway, a 2010 Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, England, and a 2009 CEC Artslink Grant. She has lectured at Bard College, Brooklyn College, the College of Charleston, and Yale University, and has written for Art in America, Art Papers, FANTOM Photographic Quarterly, Pelican Bomb, Universes in Universe, and various publications and catalogs.
We are pleased that Amy is participating with CAM 2015 and excited to see what her curatorial eyes see regarding San Antonio Contemporary Art. Here is a summary statement from the curator about the upcoming CAM Perennial Exhibition:
Guadalupe Cultural Art Center
San Antonio, Texas
March 13 - May 23, 2015
Jimmy James Canales
Jennifer Ling Datchuk
“Move Me” unites eight San Antonio artists whose work addresses displacement and transformation. The artworks included in the exhibition communicate various approaches to physical movement, motion, and being “moved” through sound, performance, video, and sculpture.
Dancing is a central element in videos by Anne Wallace and Raul Gonzalez, while walking is the starting point for projects by Jimmy James Canales and Karen Mahaffy.
Kristin Gamez and Roberto Celis explore more obscure performative actions by means of their own physicality. Gamez’s body is repeatedly dragged across the floor when she pushes the ties than bind her to their capacity and Celis’ body is altered into a musical instrument complete with taut strings to be played like a cello.
Sound and music are omnipresent in this exhibition, but audio perceptions are perhaps most momentous in the work of Justin Boyd. His sculptures house layered recordings of birds, trains, and ambient noise, evidence of human existence.
Our understanding of cultural identity, fetish, and body modification is challenged with Jennifer Ling Datchuck’s wearable eyebrows made of blue and white “Chinese” porcelain.
Many of the works presented in “Move Me” are slightly seductive, yet curious actions that embrace the possibility of failure by relying on random acts of futility.