Art flows through our veins, it nourishes us, and, through the unique offerings of each artist, it gives us food for relevant conversation. Since 2008 the walls of SoHo Galleries have housed and shared some of the best national and international art. The new monthly exhibitions show a true effort for keeping our interest in art alive and nourished. Known for being pioneers in their niche, having a show at SoHo Galleries is quite a tribute to any artist.
The founder of the gallery, Adele Aguirre, tells us that since its founding, SoHo is a place for art with internationally known artists and unlike other galleries, it gives opportunity and opens doors to young artists, the so-called emerging ones. “My passion is to help and work with these artists,” said Adele during our interview. The majority of the artists are specialized in various mediums. At SoHo you will find sculpture, painting, and photography, to name a few. If you like items with an artistic touch, the shop on the second floor is a must-stop place to check out. You find a variety of things ranging from hand fans to small-scale sculpture. Perfect for you and for gifts.
Sustainable Art at SoHo Galleries
Their next show presents the sustainable art of four artists: Otón Rivera (an artist from Durango,) Victor Dávalos (Mexico City), Luca Pravado (Italy), and Sandra Dooley (Cuba). In this exhibition, “Wired and Reclaimed,” each artist gives life and artistic significance to pieces of plastic, paper, and even cans, clothes, and electronics.
To tell the truth, each artist offers works that are quite jaw dropping. Otón, who started out in papier mache and wire, takes on the human figure with the finest of wire. A winged person? Its wings definitely remind me of coral structures. Victor has a talent for converting what you and I consider to be garbage—a plastic bag, for example—into a colorful piece of art. Can you imagine a mushroom (that can double as a lamp!) or a dragon made from 100% recyclable material? These are some of Victor’s pieces that I want to take home!
These artists have been working together for two or three years; however, in this new project they strive to “transform what we think of as waste and turn it into a functional piece of art; saving, thinking about what to do, and then do it,” they say. At the same time, they’d like to reinvent the papier maché/wire technique with pieces that go from one to three feet in height. In other words, they’ll be collaborating in addition to showing pieces of their own.
Luca de Pravato searches beaches and hotel spaces searching for towels and pieces of ropes he can incorporate into his art. Each one has a funny story behind it, which Luca is happy to share, as the SoHo team tells me. Sandra Dooly also works with repurposed materials in her native Cuba; mostly, pieces of clothes. Her pieces include women, children, and animals in daily life.
If this artistic proposal excites you as much as it has me, then you need to visit SoHo Galleries to see these works of art in person. The show opening is February 3 at 7:30 pm. Are you afraid you’ll fall in love with a piece? Don’t worry, all of them are available for sale.
Wired and Reclaimed Exhibition at SoHo Galleries
February 3 to March 15
Calle 60 #400 x 41 y 43, Centro, Mérida
Tel. 999. 928 5710
FB: SOHO Galleries
Mon. – Fri. 10 am – 5 pm, Sat. 10 am – 2 pm
Editorial by Olivia Camarena Cervera
Yucatecan communicologist. Your favorite Assistant Editor. Writer, blogger, and bookstagrammer in her spare time. She also experiments with TikTok.
Photography by SoHo Galleries for use in Yucatán Today.
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