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Date(s) - 06/15/2016
All Day

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center


As part of the program for our annual event celebrating Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz, the ESB-MACC will be opening the exhibition “Petro-Poems” by Venezuelan artist Mery Godigna Collet. For the last 20 years, Collet has been working with Crude Oil. She uses crude oil and its byproducts as her creative medium. Through a process based in morphogenesis concept, she allows the material to create the image and then she stabilizes the hydrocarbons. For this occasion, she created “Petro-Poems”.

The exhibition will consist in 13 translucent hieroglyphs that narrate our relationship with Petroleum, the viscous substance that we can’t live without and yet have found ourselves increasingly unable to live with. Like floating monoliths, reminiscent of ancient blocks of stone or stelae, these works tell us our own story and make a call to reflection about conscious use of natural resources. The “Poems”, are written with Crude Oil and constructed by color. She takes advantage of the Gallery’s glass walls and the natural light, to create a translucent and ethereal installation.  Encircling the “Poems”, in a material way as well as in a conceptual way, are three 10’ tall nylon screens. These screens represent, in an abstract way, the 3 Graces. They are called “Energy”, “Technology” and “Consciousness”.

Mery Godigna Collet took inspiration for this installation in an old Japanese tradition where big and beautiful cages where made to accommodate exotic birds. Each time that there was some kind of special event in the town or family, some birds where set free and in the trajectory and way of their flight, people could read presages for the future. She sees the Petro-Poems as signs for the future and the screens, as the cage and as the definition of the era.

A fragment of Sor Juana Ines poem “You Men” in English and in Spanish, runs over the floor completing the installation.

The single channel video art “Extra Virgin Petrus Oil” will be playing continuously at the entrance of the Gallery sharing space with two large format works in which her skillful handling of light and the rich luminous multi layering of materials produces compelling aesthetic objects that make you want to study every square inch of her complex surfaces that resemble “underground landscapes”.divider