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CIERRE with Onda Mx: the proposal's potential of the Guadalajara scene

As part of the conclusion of its activities for this year, ONDA organized a program from December 1 to 3 that showcased various independent spaces, galleries, artist studios, and museums that make up the city of Guadalajara.

Onda MX is a digital platform that monitors and disseminates the ever-expanding and diverse panorama of art in Mexico. Since 2018, it has been dedicated to making the vibrant contemporary art scene visible and promoting it, with a focus on three main cities: Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Monterrey. As part of the conclusion of its activities for this year, it organized a program from December 1 to 3 that showcased various independent spaces, galleries, artist studios, and museums that make up the city of Guadalajara. This brought together the local and national community around a continuously growing artistic landscape, providing attendees with a complete immersion in the art scene of Guadalajara.

On Friday, December 1, the programming centered on independent spaces such as Espacio Cabeza, which presented an individual exhibition by Carlos A. Mora and a collective exhibition with artists Humberto Cuapio, Diego Gónzalez Gómez, Luis Guillermo Gónzalez, David Nahúm, Edson Méndez, Rodrigo Mazari, Cesar Núñez, Eduardo Ruiz, Mar Rodríguez, Valeria Villegas, and Mauricio Vázquez. Additionally, Todomundo presented the collective exhibition Tierras raras, while Impronta Casa Editora featured the individual exhibition by Hiram Constantino entitled Tempestad. Sector Reforma, on its part, inaugurated El Tejido Secreto de la Alegría, and Ayer Ayer showed “Viacruxis,” a documentary by Alejandro García Contreras and Hazel Hill McCarthy III, portraying the tradition of Holy Week in the town of Ejido Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Chiapas, characterized by an overflow of violence, costumes, chaos, and absurdities.

On Saturday, the focus shifted to galleries and studios such as CURRO, Estudio Hospital, Gaga, Guadalajara90210, Residencia TanTan, Proyecto Arte, Proyecto Caimán, Tiro al Blanco, and Travesía Cuatro. Among these proposals, the Residencias TanTan program of Colección Zarur stood out, aiming to develop and connect the work of artists, curators, and other members of the art circuit with the public. It provides different artists with a studio and materials for production, allowing them to concentrate on their practice without the distractions of daily life. Alejandro Galván, the second artist in this program, presented Lugar donde los escombros tienen dientes, proposing a production that includes urban imagery and territory dynamics through an unorthodox approach to painting.

Tiro al Blanco showcased Pinturas Románticas, the latest work by American artist Andrew Jilka, in his second solo exhibition with the gallery. By playing with themes from romantic paintings of the 18th and 19th centuries, Jilka explores the sublime and dramatic aspects of anxiety, stability, and fantastic terror. His pieces capture the essence of existential uncertainty, portraying solitary figures suspended in voids from another world.

Travesía Cuatro, on the other hand, presented the exhibition Dormir, the sixth solo exhibition by Mexican artist Gonzalo Lebrija, inaugurating simultaneously in the gallery’s two spaces in CDMX and Guadalajara. The artist proposed a new series of photographs where he appears asleep in different spaces, whether public or domestic.

On Sunday, guided visits were made to the city’s museums; MURA presented an exhibition conceived as a collective dialogue between artists from Venezuela and Mexico, establishing individual positions that demonstrate, reflect, and question ways of producing visualities in a contemporary situation that constantly saturates ocular senses. Museo Cabañas offered a series of guided tours with various artists. El fuego que no produce by Lucía Vidales takes the strong presence of the figure of José Clemente Orozco as a starting point to reinterpret and problematize the aesthetics that these great figures generate in the pictorial imagination. Meanwhile, at MAZ, there were tours of the exhibitions of Alicja Kwade and Gregor Hildebrandt.

This program allows for an understanding of Guadalajara’s cultural scene and brings together the artistic community, its audience, collectors, and other stakeholders to build a cultural panorama that is increasingly vast and complex. CIERRE con Onda MX made it possible to explore the independent spaces, galleries, and museums of the city of Guadalajara and reaffirmed the proactive strength of the Guadalajara scene.


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