Félix Curto at Domus Artum 2002

I rarely write about art mostly because it has that flavor of an art history assignment from grad school, but I was in Salamanca for the ICCC and felt I really needed to get some contemporary art. I had muddled around in Madrid and my Google Fu was off so I left mostly empty handed, but hungry.

My first night in Salamanca I stumbled into the Tres Acordes Fest being held at the contemporary art museum and I was blown away. The music was great, a mix of sca, rap and other styles, but the artists were tight and the crowd was local. The beer was tasty too.

I was a little concerned that the Feast of St John would get in the way of visiting the museum http://domusartium2002.com/ the next day but I was wrong. The museum has a wonderful exhibit space that looks like a former prison, and whereas the vibe from the prison is chilling, it works oddly well for a contemporary art museum.

There were three artists on exhibit when I visited but I am going to focus on one of them. Félix Curto. Coming into the exhibit with no knowledge of the space or the artist served me, and I rode an amazing arc from the usual “WTF” that I often feel with contemporary art to open astonishment after Curto showed a deft mastering of medium after medium. Curto’s persistence with media and message about the west of America and the people that they encountered there is overwhelming.

After experiencing the huge volume of image collections and collections of images and into photography and then marking objects (including a car) I am blown away. In the end I loved this exhibit, and recommended it to the other attendees. The DA2 is an amazing space for having put on such an ambitious and delightful exhibit.

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SubZero 2017

Some beautiful pictures by Elmer Wang of our setup and the jacarandas. We were showered with the delicate purple flowers all weekend because the city of San Jose loves Video Games. No other possible explanation.

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Community Conversation on Gun Culture Tonight

So if we have talked recently it has probably been about or around guns and I have undoubtedly mentioned this event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1704501596446430/

Which is tonight, Friday Oct 23 @7pm at Works San Jose, 365 S Market St, in San Jose.

community conversation

I don’t know if it is possible to “make progress” on this issue, frankly I think that means something different to everyone who I have talked to. I do think that we can make the decision to work together and reduce gun violence, but the problem is not simple and the answer is not to point the finger on social media. To start with, we have to actually talk to each other, and more importantly LISTEN. Everyone, gun control advocates, gun enthusiasts, law enforcement, everyone seems to be reasonable on this. If we decide to make change, then we can make change, but our house is divided on this, and big sweeping changes will have to be made from the ground up. We need to start with ourselves, with the people. We need to realize that “the other side” are our neighbors, and we do in fact agree on some basic facts.

If you are able, please come to the event and lend your voice to the conversation. I hope you hear what the other side has to say and come to the the same revelations that I did.

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