Thursday, August 19, 2010

COUNTERS - Abby Manock

Museo de Arte de El Salvador (MARTE)

MARTE Contemporáneo



By Abby Manock

October 14th through December 12, 2010

“Counters” (3 min. 15 sec. video, 2009) proposes a research about the subjectivity of value and exchange through a hypnotic seduction sequence, production, modification, transportation and the subversive as the dreamy sound of the "5 count soundtrack. "

Since its inception at Gallery Diet, in January 2009, “Counters” has traveled to various places in New York, Los Angeles, Maine, and Connecticut and internationally to Liverpool, England; Yokohama, Japan, and now, MARTE.

Every time the video is shown, Manock will choose a different scene to expand off the screen, building a new sculptural space. Each scene is created with the various themes, keeping the space of the exhibit in mind. By disassembling the original stage material and the modular parts of new installations, past sculptural elements are reinvented for the new environment of each exhibition.

Countercrop, at MARTE, is an extension of the "Orchard” scene; the first scene in the original video. In this embodiment, the viewer is invited to enter into the Manock world - a world that is extremely specific in the order of color. Through its exploration of the environment, each viewer becomes a character in the aesthetic world of the artist; "every person counts.”

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Performance by TM Sisters

Museo de Arte de El Salvador (MARTE)

MARTE Contemporáneo


"Things Will End Before They Start"

By TM Sisters

Thursday, August 12th, 2010 @ 5:30PM

Monica and Tasha López de Victoria, 28 and 26 years of age respectively, best known as the TM Sisters, are shining Miami siblings that have been artistically enthused since very young. Their parents home-schooled them and they grew up immersed in discussions regarding profound topics such as relationships, conduct, and creativity, which undoubtedly, triggered their ability to produce great multimedia and interactive art pieces.

The Sisters’ works have been presented in various renowned international exhibits, such as “Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millennium” curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Daniel Birnbaum, and Gunnar B. Kvaran; the 2nd Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, and in PERFORMA 07. Plus, their pieces have also been published in L’Officiel Magazine, The Guardian, NY Times, Vogue Italia and other well-known publications.

As part of the MARTE Contemporary Program, the Museum of Art in El Salvador is pleased to invite art enthusiasts to this one of a kind performance by the TM Sisters: "Things Will End Before They Start", that will be held on Thursday, August 12th at 5:30pm. The presentation is a short video performance where the TM Sisters are the live characters in a paper cut out animation. The piece is about how one must close chapters of running life to make space for the new, bright, and exciting potential.

Photos: Digital video performance in "Uncertain States of America; American Art in the 3rd Millennium",

Serpentine Gallery, London. 2006. photo (c) by Declan O'Neill