Virtual Residence
From the 24th to the 30th of may, 2015
Agency for Spiritual Guest Work in the Service of Visualizing, Zürich & Guatemala

The Agency for Spiritual Guest Work in the Service of Visualizing is a Curatorial Agency run by artists. The non-profit international association is based in Zurich & Guatemala. It is oriented to produce-research projects towards exhibitions and collaborations with cultural producers in different fields. It is committed to searching for new artistic and curatorial formats, models of presenting critical curatorial discourses, socially and also politically engaged art practices. The agency involves a diversity of individuals & institutions to generate a critical dialogue in different platforms and structures between the arts.

…And Then There Were None
Live At #22

Intelligentsia Gallery is excited to present …And Then There Were None, a solo exhibition by Jason Mena. Curated by Xia Yanguo as part of Live At project, the exhibition investigates the relationship of art production and the forces exerted on it by politics, finance and the Shadow market. And Then There Were None, presents an installation with financial paraphernalia in order to dissect the relationship of art and power and the multiple ways they are manifested.

Proyección: Fault Line (Linea de falla) 2012
Migración, Geo-Politica y Arte Global: Puerto Rico como el conexto
1er Congreso de Artes Plásticas en celebración a la Muestra Nacional
Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Teatro del Museo de San Juan, Puerto Rico

Live At
Opening April 11 through May 11, 2015
Curated by Xia Yanguo
30 Days, 30 Artists, 30 Solo Shows, 1 Project. 30 one-day solo shows by artists and artist collectives.

Intelligentsia Gallery is thrilled to present Live At, a group project featuring Luan Xueyan, Garcia Frankowski, Wang Shuai, Kang Jing, Megumi Shimizu, Oliver Haidutschek, Dai Liang, Chen Xi, Liang Ban, Xin Yunpeng, Luo Wei, Li Meng, Alessandro Rolandi, Geng Xue, Li Binyuan, Shao Yinong, Jia Chun, Yu Bogong, Liu Chengrui, Zhao Xin, Jason Mena, Double Fly Art Center, Niko de la Faye, Jin Shan, Hu Qingyan, Charlott Markus and USB Group.

Live At is not a regular exhibition. It is a group project. In Live At to solely show is not the goal. The exhibition will take different forms in order to construct new conditions. Live At aims at exploring the relationship between art and social reality, art and space, art and the audience, art and the commonplace.

Guest curated by Xia Yanguo, the exhibition invites more than thirty international artists to create 24-hour shows. Live At is not a simple objectification of art. Live At aims at engaging with the public establishing new relationships between the artist and the audience.

A series of interviews will take place in different forms as artists engage with the audience, curator, and other artists with the intention of generating a dialogue and exploring the concepts behind the project. The resulting interviews will take form in a documentary about the Live At, using the Internet as a platform for breaking through the limitations of time and space.

Additionally, a Salon will take place every Sunday evening during the duration of the exhibition to discuss the concepts that fuel Live At.

CCA in collaboration with Intelligentsia Gallery is thrilled to present its inaugural exhibition Rhetorical Materialism, a group show with works by Pavel Kiselev, Oliver Haidutschek, Ren Zhitian, Xiao Xiao, Wu Ding, Ophelia S. Chan, Jason Mena, Garcia Frankowski.

Taking as a starting point the contemporary state of matter exchange in all its articulations, the exhibition presents works that operate within and against its ideological embodiments.

Rhetorical Materialism avoids the disposable nature of trends, and instead focuses on tools, strategies and methods that articulate the condition of being in a constant struggle with the agents of contemporary materialism, with its all-encompassing channels and networks, and its unbearable superstructures. Manifesto, poem, act, action, process, projection, are all strategies summoned as part of a developing lexicon that deals with the contemporary, with the condition of being-with-time today, as part of history with its rhizomatic implications.

Curated by Garcia Frankowski, the opening international exhibition includes painting, installation, sculpture, video, photography, and mix media in a search for articulating strategies that react, and confront the processes and structures of value, exchange and ideology, as symbols, signs, narratives, assemblages, visual constructs, and material manifestations articulate complex forms of rhetorical materialism.

01-02A, 1/F CapitaMall Crystal
51 Fuxing Road, Haidian District, Beijing

Intelligentsia Gallery is thrilled to present ‘Twisted Modernist Fantasies’, a group exhibition with works by Wang Sishun (b. 1979 Wuhan, China), Chen Xi (b.1985 Wuhan, China), Xiao Xiao (b. 1984 Hunan, China) Camille Ayme (b. 1985 St Etienne, France) and Jason Mena (b. 1976 Puerto Rico).

Entering a year on what seems a new landscape of global changes and transformations the exhibition invites to reflect on the ungraspable concept of modernization as an inexhaustible process that touches, destroys, transforms and creates.Modernism, looked at as more than a general tendency or movement, but as the territory that ideas, concepts, subjects and objects inhabit.

Curated by Garcia Frankowski, the 10th international group exhibition explores a theoretical framework that casts doubt on the necessity of portraying modernism as an expired image, as a recording of past achievements and failures, as a picture of nostalgic endless creation and of cataclysmic destruction, an instead asks about the possibility of a modernism existing not as material experience but as the spark of twisted desires.

By means of site-specific installations, photography, video and mixed-media the exhibition creates a screen where to project fantastic scenarios that oscillate from metropolitan minimalist dreams, to the machinistic desires of suburban lifestyle, from the material transcendence of the real and imaginary structures of the future, to the critical views of these same structures all while creating a panoramic view of Twisted Modernist Fantasies.

Adler Guerrier (Haití) Felipe Morozini (Brasil) Ricardo Barcellos (Brasil) Jason Mena (Puerto Rico) Myritza Castillo Irrizari (Puerto Rico) Emiliano Larizza (Italia) Roxanna Nagygeller (Costa Rica) Juan Pablo Molina (Chile) Jaishi Abichandani (India)

Culminación de procesos y presentación de resultados de Línea Imaginaria, programa de residencia 2015.
Programa desarrollado con el apoyo de Casa Dieciocho Espacio de Arte.

La Multinacional, Ecuador
Miércoles 18 de febrero a las 19h 30m
Calle 18 de Septiembre 0e3-38 y América

Nueve artistas realizan la residencia denominada "Línea Imaginaria" que busca reflexionar el entorno urbano y rural de la ciudad de Quito desde los espacios cargados de contenidos sociales, políticos, históricos, geográficos, turísticos, estéticos, considerando la relación que cada artista a través de sus prácticas pueda realizar y vinculando de forma inmediata la experiencia a su creación.


Virginia Guilisasti (Chile), Geovany Narváez (Ecuador), Florencia Salazar (Argentina), Fredy Clavijo Cuartas (Colombia), Gimena Castellón Arrieta (Argentina), Isabel Santibañez (Chile), Jason Mena (Puerto Rico), Carolina Botura (Brasil), Sara Paniagua (España)


Portafolio 01
Artistas: Virginia Guilisasti, Fredy Clavijo Cuartas, Sara Paniagua, Carolina Botura
Artista Local Invitado: Daniel León (Palaminga)
Facultad de artes UCE
Miércoles 04 febrero 2015
10h 30m

Portafolio 02
Artistas: Gimena Castellón Arrieta, Isabel Santibañez, Jason Mena, Florencia Salazar
FADA, Universidad Católica PUCE
Viernes 6 de febrero 10h00m

Sagrado Corazón XX Aniversario
Jueves 5 de febrero desde las 7:30 p.m

Exposición que reúne los medios bidimensionales y tridimensionales que representan la diversidad de nuestra programación artística y educativa. Veinte obras de igual número de artistas, desde emergentes a maestros de la plástica puertorriqueña, componen esta muestra que dedicamos a Myrna Báez, profesora, fundadora del Programa de Bellas Artes y artista residente de la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón.

Artistas: Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Nitza Luna, José Morales, Patrick V. McGrath Muñiz, Quintín Rivera Toro, Rafael Trelles, Rigoberto Quintana, Carmelo Sobrino, Victor Vazquez, Connie Ann Martin, Carmen Ines Blondet, Carmelo Fontanez Cortijo, Jason Mena, Omar Velázquez, Mariestella Colón-Astacio, Rafael A Rivera Rosa, Ivan Girona, Marta Lahens, Antonio Martorell y Eric Tabales.

Residencia en Linea Imaginaria 2015 del 2 al 18 de febrero en La Multinacional, espacio dedicado a la gestión, exhibición y difusión del arte contemporáneo con sede en Quito, Ecuador.

Línea imaginaria busca reflexionar el entorno urbano y rural de la ciudad de Quito desde los espacios cargados de contenidos sociales, políticos, históricos, geográficos, turísticos, estéticos, considerando la relación que cada artista a través de sus prácticas pueda realizar y vinculando de forma inmediata la experiencia a su creación.

Periférico Espectacular
Exhibición-Proyección simultanea Mexico, Guatemala, Puerto Rico
Programa de Video de artistas de Ibero América y Caribe
Del 1º. De Enero – 1º. Febrero 2015
.357mx - Proyecto Poporopo - la embajada

Artistas: Jason Mena (Puerto Rico), Eder Castillo (Mexico), Karmelo Bermejo (España), Guillermo Vargas "Habacuc" (Costa Rica), Nadia Granados "la Fulminante" (Colombia), Victor Hugo "Crack" Rodriguez (El Salvador), Andrea Mármol (Guatemala), Jorge Linares (Guatemala)

Taller: Fotografia Conceptual
Imparte: Jason Mena
Objetivos: Conocer mas acerca de la relación histórica (a partir del siglo XX) entre la fotografía y otros medios del arte como lo son la escultura, el performance, la pintura y el diseño. Requisitos: Interés por la teoría y el arte contemporáneo.

Clases: 4, 11, 18 de diciembre, 22 y 29 de enero
Horario: 19:00 - 22:00
Sesiones: 5 sesiones | 15 horas total

Jornadas Internacionales de Imagen en la Facultad de Bellas Artes Universidad de Salamanca

Programa: PDF

Martes, 11 de noviembre de 2014

16:00 Presentación de las jornadas. Intervienen: Vicerrectora de Internacionalización, Dª María Ángeles Serrano, Decana de la Facultad de Bellas Artes, Dª Soledad Farré, y Director del Servicio de Actividades Culturales de la Universidad de Salamanca, D. Manuel Heras.
16:15 Marcos teóricos de la fotografía en la sociedad de los medios. Víctor del Río. Profesor de la Facultad de Bellas Artes de la USAL y crítico de Arte.
17:00 Trazando las órbitas de Universos Paralelos. Laura Bravo (Profesora de la Universidad de Puerto Rico) y José Gómez Isla (Profesor de la USAL).
18:00 Mesa redonda entre los artistas Tari Beroszi (Puerto Rico) y Fernando Durán (España). Modera: Víctor del Río.
18:45 Mesa redonda entre las artistas Mónica Félix (Puerto Rico) e Iraida Lombardía (España). Modera: Alberto Santamaría (Profesor de la USAL).

Miércoles, 12 de noviembre de 2014

16:00 La fotografía entre dos olas. Francisco Javier Frutos Esteban. Profesor de Comunicación Audiovisual de la USAL y mediador cultural.
16:45 Mesa redonda entre los artistas Quintín Rivera (Puerto Rico) y Alberto Feijóo (España). Modera: Francisco Javier Frutos Esteban.
18:00 Mesa redonda entre los artistas Raquel Torres Arzola (Puerto Rico) y Erik von Frankenberg (España). Modera: Laura Bravo (Universidad de Puerto Rico).
18:45 Mesa redonda entre los artistas Myritza Castillo (Puerto Rico) y Jon Uriarte (España). Modera: José Gómez Isla.

Jueves, 13 de noviembre de 2014

19.00 Inauguración de la exposición “Universos Paralelos”. Sala de exposiciones de la Hospedería Fonseca.

Organiza: Servicio de Actividades Culturales de la Universidad de Salamanca
Colabora: Facultad de Bellas Artes. Universidad de Salamanca

Jornadas Académicas 2014: Mar de Mares
Artistas: Wilfredo Prieto, Jason Mena, Ale Souto

Taller: Fotografia Expandida

El objetivo de este taller es enfatizar la comunicación a través de la imagen, sus distintos procesos, medios y soportes para lograr un discurso coherente y contundente; multiplicando las posibilidades de la fotografía como una herramienta que pueda tanto ser el principio como la conclusión de un proceso de investigación. Archivos, instalaciones, video, documentación performática, collage, distintos tipos de soportes y montajes se discutirán en detalle durante el curso, para luego aplicar estos conceptos a la producción. Al finalizar el alumno se pretende haber adquirido un mejor entendimiento y manejo de la fotografía contemporánea en general, para así manipular y multiplicar las posibilidades de construir una imagen que se dirija con eficacia a nuestra contemporaneidad.

Mediante la revisión de artistas, tendencias y algunos ejercicios se guiará a los alumnos en un proceso de producción que culminará con la salida de una obra física.

Compassion Fatigue
New Wight Biennial 2014

October 2-16, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 2, 5:00-8:00pm

The UCLA New Wight Biennial, Compassion Fatigue, will present work from 16 international emerging artists using installation, performance, video, photography and sound to enable intimate ways of viewing political crisis.

Artists: Sajjad Abbas, Carolina Caycedo, Jason Mena, Omar Mismar, Noor Abed, Curtis Grahauer, Lee Relvas, Christina Blue, Yaron Guerrero, Daniel Terna, Julien Bonnin, Yuki Kishino, Miloš Trakilovi?, Josephine Callaghan, Ju Hyun Lee, Katja Verheul

Curated by UCLA Department of Art graduate students Damir Avdagic and Abigail Collins.

About the New Wight Biennial

Founded in 1997 by professor and artist Mary Kelly, then chair of the UCLA Department of Art, the Wight Biennial is curated and produced by a committee of graduate students in the art department. The objective of the show is to exhibit this specific group of emerging artists as well as foster an investigative exchange between graduate programs at UCLA and other institutions.

New Wight Gallery
1100 Broad Art Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Gallery Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:30pm

Admission is free

For further information, call (310) 825-0557

The exhibition program of the New Wight Gallery is made possible by the generous support of Dallas Price-Van Breda.

Exhibición individual: Crossings
Casa de Italia, Santo Domingo
5 de septiembre de 2014, 7:30 pm

Cada septiembre se celebra el mes de la fotografía en la República Dominicana, como iniciativa de la Fundación Imagen 83 y el apoyo de varias instituciones privadas y públicas. Este encuentro se denomina PHOTOIMAGEN, tiene como propósito incentivar el avance de la fotografía contemporánea y establecer intercambios con artistas internacionales.

Directora General: Mayra Johnson
Director Artístico: Carlos Acero Ruiz

Exhibición individual: Paisajes Ideológicos
Curaduria: Carlos Acero Ruiz

Inauguración el día 2 de septiembre 2014 a las 7:30 P.M.

Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM) en Santo Domingo, República Dominicana.

La muestra forma parte de Photoimagen 2014, festival de fotografía en República Dominicana, en su VI edición, con la participación de Graciela Iturbide (Mexico), Marcos López (Argentina), Colectivo MR (España), Quintapata: Jorge Pineda, Raquel Paiewonsky, Belkis Ramírez y Pascal Meccariello (República Dominicana), entre otros.

Museo de Arte Moderno de la República Dominicana
Ubicado en la Avenida Pedro Henríquez Ureña,
Plaza de la Cultura Juan Pablo Duarte.

Tel: 809 685 2153 al 56 Ext. 222
Fax: 809 682 8280
Correo Electrónico:
Facebook: Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM) Rep. Dom.
Twitter: @MAM_RepDom

Photoimagen 2014
Puntos Cardinales
México país invitado de honor
Directora General: Mayra Johnson
Director Artístico: Carlos Acero Ruiz
?Auspicia: ?La Fundación Imagen 83, el Centro de la Imagen, el Ministerio de Cultura,
el Museo de Arte Moderno de ?la ?República Dominicana y la Embajada de México

Semiotic Preoccupations: Object, Signs and Symbols
Intelligentsia Gallery
Beijing, China

Sunday, June 29, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Artists: Pascal Meccariello (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1968), Ren Zhitian (Xishui, China, 1968), Alena Olasyuk (Ukraine, 1988), Céline Lamée (Boxmeer, The Netherlands, 1980), Johan Nijhoff (Veenendaal, The Netherlands, 1979), Jason Mena (Puerto Rico, 1974).

Curated by Garcia Frankowski

The fifth international exhibition dissects the role and function of signs as vehicles of signification, and meaning. Paintings, video, prints and installations invite to scrutinize, review and question art as conveyor of symbols and as a signifying object in itself. Semiotic Preoccupations reveals the inexorable potential of a level of signification that is achieved by our inherent capacity to assimilate qualities, existential facts and conventions transforming them into possible readings of objects, signs and symbols. In this flexible arena of ideas the most basic of forms could induce the most complex of meanings.

Curated by Garcia Frankowski, the exhibition feeds from the dialectical tension of artworks simultaneously specific in their material form and rizhomatic in the multiplicity of layers of their possible readings. Opening the 29th of June, Intelligentsia Gallery would present objects, signs and symbols in a search to answer our Semiotic Preoccupations.

Semiotic Elegy
Garcia Frankowski

What is the meaning of a word? Let us attack this question by asking first; what is an explanation of the meaning of a word? What does the explanation of a word look like?
-Ludwig Wittgentsein, The Blue Book, 1933-34

There is no world without an image of the world. Words, pictures, object are all devices that help us to create a mental image of our environment. For that which is concrete and visible, and also for the abstract and imaginary. While Wittgenstein’s aphorism the “limits of your language means the limits of your world” appears to be enough to explain how we come to understand things, we should not forget that language comes in all sorts of forms and mediums, from the spoken word to the moving image.


16 ensayos latinoamericanos

Artistas: Joâo Castilho (Brasil), Déborah Castillo (Venezuela), Isabel Cisneros (Venezuela), Pietro Daprano (Venezuela), Rodrigo Echeverri (Colombia), Darío Escobar (Guatemala), Mauricio Esquivel (El Salvador), Silvana Lacarra (Argentina), Pepe López (Venezuela), Cipriano Martínez (Venezuela), Jesús Matheus (Venezuela), Jason Mena (Puerto Rico), Nydia Negromonte (Brasil), Cecilia Paredes (Perú), Bernardita Rakos (Venezuela), Marcos Temoche (Venezuela)

Curaduría: Lorena González I.
Asistente curatorial: Miguel Rodríguez Sepúlveda (México)
Museografía: Pietro Daprano
Proyecto gráfico: Teresa Mulet
Producción General: Beatriz Gil Galería


Silvershed, artist-run project space

Sunday, May 25th 5 - 8 pm

Artists: Daisy Atterbury, James Kelly, Jason Mena, Matthew Schrader, Ezra Tessler, Johanna Tiedtke, Kyle Zynda

How to Proceed

1. Identify, or help participants identify, an issue or topic that involves an important conflict in values and/or an examination of complicity. The issue or topic may be set forth as a topical question, a hypothetical incident, a case study or a projection of fantasy.

2. Select panelists who are well informed about and have specific points of view regarding the issue or topic. Select a leader or moderator. Select a form of affective labor. A panel discussion that includes three to five panelists is usually most workable.

3. Indicate to the panelists the objectives the panel discussion is designed to promote and allow time for panelists to prepare for the discussion. In some situations ten or fifteen minutes may be sufficient time for preparation while in other situations, panelists may need to prepare several weeks in advance of the scheduled discussion.

4. Decide upon the format the panel discussion will follow. Various formats are appropriate.

Silvershed is an artist-run project space in Chelsea that works collaboratively between New York and Los Angeles and organizes exhibitions, events, and special projects by or with other artists. Exploring the increasingly lateral flow of information, ideas and resources, we aim to generate discussions about contemporary art values, ethics and aesthetics.

Established in 2008 by Patrick Meagher, Yunhee Min and Oliver Lanz, Silvershed works through lateral discussion among a core team of organizers and advisors:

Alexander Dawson, Kerry Hassler, Emily Lenz, Pat Lian, Nicolas Linnert, Patrick Meagher, Yunhee Min, Melinda Wang

119 West 25th St, PH
New York, NY 10001

Suprema Felicidad

Conferencia sobre la calidad de vida en México.
Casa del Lago · Martes 16 de abril · 7:30 pm (Entrada libre)

Turn on the bright lights

Artists: Kajsa Dahlberg, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, David Lamelas, Jason Mena, Trevor Paglen

Curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates

April 13, 2014 - May 25, 2014
CCS Bard / Hessel Museum of Art

Opening Reception : Sunday, April 13, 2014, 1pm -4pm

Free chartered bus to and from New York City for the opening. For reservations, call 845.758.7598, or write

Depending on how bright it is, a light in the dark can either help us see or completely blind us. And if darkness is conventionally understood to obscure vision, it also makes manifest spaces that cannot otherwise be represented. Drawing on these contradictions in the intricacies of seeing and not seeing, Turn on the bright lights examines how artists use abstraction as a conceptual device to materialize that which remains elusive, indeterminate, and invisible. The exhibition has two parts, emphasizing first an embodied experience of forms, where sculpture, photography, video, and painting speak to the complexities of seeing counter-spaces. It then leads to an increasingly dematerialized environment in which the perceptual limits of meaning are themselves rendered opaque, difficult, and abstract.

Abstraction in the visual arts has often been understood through the lens of the historical avant-garde and high modernism, whose utopian ideals of universality and humanism were intertwined with the totalizing ambitions of the social and political projects of Western modernity. By contrast, the artists in this exhibition deploy abstractions—such as indeterminate geographies, image negation, and the monochrome—as a formal strategy for advancing a nuanced understanding of power relations, a strategy of localized resistance.

Propositions for an Abstract Region

Abstract regions are complex spatializations that are socially and politically produced.

Abstract regions are everywhere. They operate as spaces of resistance, catalyzing collective possibilities, but also construct their own oppressive power structures.

Geographies are irreducible to cartographic representations.

Depending on our subjective position, we see what we are allowed to see.

The boundary line has extended. The fault line has collapsed.

The invisible has arisen as a cautionary tale. The visible obstructs our vision. We are only left with traces of the real.

The politics of visibility operate everywhere, everyday, on everyone.

Our senses have been compromised.

Universos Paralelos

Suprema felicidad

Del 30 de enero hasta el 27 de abril | Sala 5

Esta exposición colectiva reúne el trabajo de artistas que centran su atención sobre una serie de discursos que acompañan a una noción tan escurridiza como la de bienestar y las políticas de la felicidad que están en su base. Si el progreso y la utopía se han propuesto en algún momento como respuesta, si se es capaz de minimizar la desigualdad y la precariedad bajo la afirmación de que pese a todo somos felices, ¿por qué ese “estar bien” nos sabe tan agridulce?

Curaduría: Brenda Caro
Artistas: Edgardo Aragón, Katrina Bello, Eder Castillo, Emilio Chapela, Omar Gámez, Terence Gower, Jason Mena, Chantal Peñalosa, Sebastián Romo, Pilar Villela, Víctor Sánchez.

Crossings published in: Dolce Stil Criollo - Volume One

Dolce Stil Criollo is a multilingual literary and arts journal dedicated to supporting writers and artists whose work and practices complicate singular notions of the Americas. Young, open, varied, the journal cultivates hybridity and envisages a readership developed from the interstices of culture, language, geography, history, and aesthetics.

The first volume of Dolce Stil Criollo is in an edition of 200 72pg A5 booklets edited by Christopher Rey Pérez and designed by Gabriel Finotti. Printed in a beautifully radiant blue risograph hue, the journal features a 170gsm conext green cover and 80gsm evercopy inners full of prose, poetry, photography, and architecture from various countries in the Americas and beyond.

Featuring: Bruna Canepa, Ciro Miguel, Peter Brock, Ana Guadalupe, Yaxkin Melchy, Fernanda Laguna, Jeremy Spencer, Juan Alberto Crasci, Sebastián Realini, Ileana Garma, Bruno H Piché, Jason Mena, Mirene Arsanios, Sara Uribe, Toshiya Kamei, Stuart Krimko, Anthony Seidman, Christopher Rey Pérez.

Lights out for the territory Published in: Error-Perspecta 46: The Yale Architectural Journal

Lights out for the territory was included in Perspecta 46: The Yale Architectural Journal. This publication, the oldest student-edited architectural journal in the United States, is internationally respected for its contributions to contemporary architectural discourse with original presentations of new projects as well as historical and theoretical essays. Perspecta’s editors solicit articles from distinguished scholars and practitioners from around the world, and then, working with graphic design students from the School of Art, produce the journal. Retrospecta, an annual journal that includes samples of student work and activities at the School during each academic year, is edited by students and published by the School.

Architecture never goes entirely according to plan. Every project deviates from its designers’ expectations, and wise architects learn to anticipate, mitigate, and sometimes celebrate the errors along the way. Perspecta 46 argues that error is part of architecture’s essence: mistranslations, contradictions, happy accidents, and wicked problems pervade our systems of design and building, almost always yielding surprising aberrations. Today, with increasingly complex projects underpinned by layers of computer code, small errors can proliferate rapidly, and the dream of errorless architecture seems more utopian than ever.

This issue of Perspecta, considers the challenge of defining error, the difficulty of diagnosing and managing it, and the promise (and peril) of following its lead. Essays and projects illuminate error’s ambiguous agency both in reality and in the architectural imagination, covering topics that range from Dante’s cosmos of divine justice and Michelangelo’s architectural “abuses” to Dada urbanism and the warped skyscrapers of Google Earth.

Presenting work at ARTBO from October 25 to October 28 2013
Booth G-122, Jacob Karpio Gallery

Phone +506.257.7963
Fax +506.255.4524

Imparte: Jason Mena
Horarios: Martes y Jueves de 19 a 21 hrs / 5 sesiones
Inicia: 29 de octubre

Síntesis del taller: La fotografía expandida es un concepto que aborda los usos de la fotografía más allá de la fotografía misma y las posibilidades de esta para convertirse en la materia prima de una obra conceptual, donde el peso de lo fotográfico no es el último nivel del trabajo, sino apenas el soporte o la forma de una idea que se expande a otros límites del arte. Instalaciones, video, documentación performática, collages y otro tipo de montajes donde la imagen es solo un elemento de la obra. Durante el taller se pretende reflexionar acerca de las infinitas posibilidades conceptuales de dar salida a un proyecto de arte desde la imagen pero abordando otros formatos más cercanos a la experimentación espacial, al montaje y a la documentación de acciones o intervenciones urbanas. Mediante la revisión de artistas, tendencias y algunos ejercicios se guiará a los alumnos en un proceso de producción que culminará con la salida de una obra física.

Requisitos: Contar con cualquier tipo de dispositivo fotográfico. Tener interés particular en explorar nuevas posibilidades de la fotografía


Clase 1
Introducción a los conceptos y análisis del comienzo de la fotografía expandida. Discusión de artistas y análisis de obras y formatos.

Clase 2
Introducción a los conceptos y análisis de la fotografía expandida contemporánea. Nuevas aplicaciones con el uso de la cámara digital. Presentaciñon de ejemplos de artistas de diferentes tendencias.

Clase 3
Presentación de ideas para proyecto, Discusión y revisión de material.

Clase 4
Revisión de proyectos: Revisión de materiales, critica grupal referente al tema y a las propuestas presentadas en la clase anterior.

Clase 5
Montaje, presentación y discusión de los proyectos


Conservatorio dentro del contexto de la exposición (Paréntesis)
Participantes: Jason Mena + María Elena Ortiz (Curadora de la Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros)
Moderado por: Octavio Avendaño Trujillo (Curador de la muestra)

Día: Sábado 9 de marzo
Hora: 11:00 hrs

Laguna de Términos 260 entre Mariano Escobedo y Lago Iseo
Col. Anáhuac, Delegación Miquel Hidalgo, 11320, México D.F.
T: +52 55 5545 6645


Artistas: Tamara Ibarra, Diego Pérez, Roberto Turnbull, Yollotl Gómez Alvarado, Félix Luna, Omar Vega Macotela, Omero Leyva, Jason Mena y Alfredo Mendoza

Curaduría: Octavio Avendaño Trujillo

Inauguración: Jueves 24 de enero del 2013. De 20:00 a 24:00 hrs.

Lo que proponemos con este nuevo espacio es generar un paréntesis, no solamente dentro de la galería, sino en las propias dinámicas del arte contemporáneo; incentivar la reflexión en torno a los procesos creativos y los condicionamientos culturales que se repliegan alrededor de la producción artística.

Es por eso que comenzamos con la problematización del proyecto de artista, entendido éste como un campo de negociación del propio creador que se enfrenta como sujeto artístico y, a su vez, como sujeto social; cuyo resultado es una escisión de intereses subjetivos permanentes en el quehacer artístico que eclosionan en particulares sucesos visuales.

En los proyectos de artistas que presentamos, el espectador irá encontrando las rutas de pensamiento creativo y crítico de cada uno de ellos. En los casos de Tamara Ibarra (1981), Diego Pérez (1975) y Roberto Turnbull (1959) se develan las poéticas del espacio, la arquitectura, las soluciones geométricas y de reciclaje como andamiajes culturales.

Por otra parte, Yollotl Gómez Alvarado (1989), Félix Luna (1985) y Omar Vega Macotela (1989) evidencian sus posturas simbólicas ante los enunciados de poder. Gómez Alvarado reflexiona alrededor de los medios de comunicación y el sujeto político; mientras que Luna emplaza los objetos de poder a partir de los postulados de la modernidad y Omar Vega reflexiona entorno a las nociones de producción y trabajo.

Finalmente la historia personal y la tautología como estrategias líricas son evidentes en las propuestas de Omero Leyva (1985), Jason Mena (1974) y Alfredo Mendoza (1984).

Es así que la vocación de este nuevo espacio es proponer proyectos que revelen las estructuras de sus propios creadores. Además de generar contenidos que acompañen la exposición y nos permitan señalar los imperativos externos a los que se enfrenta el artista en sus procesos creativos.

-Octavio Avendaño Trujillo

En el contexto de la muestra se realizarán nueve conversatorios presentados por Octavio Avendaño Trujillo (1985) Curador y crítico de arte independiente.

Para más información o imágenes en alta comunicarse a la Galería


Laguna de Términos 260 entre Mariano Escobedo y Lago Iseo
Col. Anáhuac, Delegación Miquel Hidalgo, 11320, México D.F.


T: +52 55 5545 6645

La Galería permanece abierta al público de lunes a viernes de 9:00 a 14:00 y de 15:00 a 18:00 hrs. y sábado de 9.00-13.00 hrs.

7 de diciembre, 19 - 22 h.
8 de diciembre , 12 - 17 h.
Guanajuato 84, Colonia Roma

INESPERADO/UNEXPECTED es una serie de ejercicios fotográficos que surgen de la necesidad de trabajar con imágenes, signos, e incluso palabras escritas; sus dimensiones y la dualidad de los mensajes que éstas reflejan son interpretadas y absorbidas de manera personal en una colectividad dada por el espacio y el momento emocional del espectador.

En ésta segunda edición participarán 7 artistas: Rodrigo Jardón, Jason Mena, Jaime Martínez, Nika Milano, Jonás Romo, Fausto Terán e Isaac Torres, todos ellos con personalidades marcadas por su intenso sentido de la observación, cabe mencionar que se desenvuelven en distintos campos: cine, música, editorial y arquitectura lo cual se percibe y enriquece de manera evidente el resultado de ésta edición.

Cada ensayo fotográfico inicia un díalogo con una doble lectura entre la memoria colectiva del espectador y las emociones que a partir de ahí se generan. Cada proyecto parte de la recuperación y reproducción de una serie de situaciones específicas traducidas en imágenes que se fundan en momentos clave tales como política, amor, espera, espacialidad, injusticia, y vida.

Torres, Mena y Jardón presentan ejercicios basados en momentos socialmente críticos y devastadores, situaciones que reflejan el carácter de un pueblo con tintes de inconformidad, enojo y derrota. Por su parte, Milano, Martínez, Romo y Terán presentan ejercicios de carácter apasionado, vinculados al amor y la nostalgia.

Ambas posturas son un reflejo honesto de México.

Artistas: Rodrigo Jardón, Jaime Martínez, Jason Mena, Nika Milano, Jonás Romo, Fausto Terán e Isaac Torres. Todos ellos viven y trabajan en la Ciudad de México.

Curaduría: Gina Jaramillo y Tiago Pinto de Carvalho

Los irrespetuosos / The Disrespectful / Die Respektlosen

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gill, Mexico D.F.
30 de noviembre al 17 de marzo 2013
Curador: Carlos Palacios

Av. Revolución 1608, Esquina Altavista
Col. San Ángel C.P. 01000, México, D.F.
Teléfonos 55 50 62 60 / 55 50 39 83, fax 55 50 42 32

En la muestra participan 18 artistas de América y Europa reuniendo pinturas, instalaciones, videoarte y propuestas encaminadas al happening y el arte conceptual.

Este proyecto expondrá en el marco de una instalación de carácter museográfico de Pablo Rasgado (MX) específicamente concebida para el segundo nivel del Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil obras de los artistas Maria Anwander (AT), Eugenio Ampudia (ES), Ivan Argote (CO), Ivan Candeo (VE), Oscar Cueto (MX), Natalia Ibañez Lario (ES), Bernd Krauss (DE), Colectivo Metapong (MX), Diego Piñeros (CO), Oscar Santillán (EC), Cristian Segura (AR), el colectivo Texto Poético (ES) y Jason Mena (PR)

Wherever You Roam

NOVEMBER 3, 2012 - JANUARY 13, 2013

At The Collaborative: A project of The Arts Council for Long Beach and the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

Since the Arab Spring of 2010, the international community has witnessed numerous demonstrations and upheaval against the economic social structures of globalized society. Movements, like Occupy Wall Street and the Indignados in Spain, demand ethical solutions for unemployment and growing debt; yet neither of these groups has significantly impacted the complex network of state and international corporate power. Recently in Mexico City, a group of university students occupied the streets calling for clean elections. #YoSoy132 raised awareness on how the two main broadcasting companies in the country favored one presidential candidate. But, the student movement was unable to influence the outcome of the vote. Wherever You Roam is an exhibition that investigates the strategies used to demand democratic alternatives in current social events. The art works address protests, while promoting a reflection on the current mechanism of political engagement. With support to an opposing voice, the exhibition is interested on alternative means for emancipation.

Curated by María Elena Ortiz


José Carlos Martinat’s (Peru, b. 1974) Power Abstraction is composed of buildings and logos such as the Lehman Brothers building and the JPMorgan Chase logo. The public can interact directly on the piece. While Martinat offers a democratic space, the artist encourages graffiti and points to the current abstraction of social power in a globalized society.

Joaquín Segura (Mexico, b. 1980) affirms the ordinary aspects of the demonstrations that occur in Mexico City. In Exercise of Mutism, Segura takes a hand-made banner from a recent protest and paints white. The intervention re-signifies its original content to allude to a futile strategy of resistance.

With an ethnographic edge, Juan Caloca (Mexico, b. 1985) investigates the social implications of the disintegration of an electric company, Luz y Fuerza del Centro. A Government of Desks is composed of materials from the artist’s archive of the national company. Founded in 1898, Luz y Fuerza was closed by the government in 2009. To this day, its union workers protest on the streets.

Jason Mena (Puerto Rico, b. 1974) documented the remnants of political demonstrations across Latin America and the Caribbean to capture the aesthetics of contemporary slogans. Making it Public is a series of photographs that narrate the semantics of a widespread discontent. Ironically, the photographs share a systematic resemblance that suggests the documentation of a single protest.

West 21st Street Drive-In (Leave Your Car at Home)

On October 26 at 7pm, CCS Bard students present a reconfigured drive-in at Family Business. As a response to a very particular set of institutional and practical parameters, a cargo van will project work sourced from Bard MFA graduates on West 21st street, displacing the gallery framework and repurposing the function of the vehicle as a presentational device. The content stems from the decision to bring together the BardMFA and CCS Bard programs, in a forced but perhaps fruitful collaboration.

Irina Arnaut
Jake Davidson
Ragnheidur Gestsdottir
Anton Ginzburg
Dani Leventhal
Jason Mena
Boru O’Brien O’Connell
Elizabeth Orr

About Family Business:

FAMILY BUSINESS is a new exhibition space initiated by Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni. Located in Chelsea, on 21st street and 10th avenue, FAMILY BUSINESS is a guest house – a place where friends, enemies, people we admire and respect are invited to present the works of artists they support and projects they believe in. FAMILY BUSINESS is the big brother of the Wrong Gallery, a minuscule space that Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni and Ali Subotnick ran in New York from 2002 to 2005. Just like the Wrong Gallery, FAMILY BUSINESS is a non-for-profit space open to experimentation and irreverent exhibition formats, right in the heart of Chelsea.

About the Center for Curatorial Studies:

The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) is an exhibition, education, and research center dedicated to the study of art and curatorial practices from the 1960s to the present day.

In addition to the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, the Center houses the Marieluise Hessel Collection, as well as an extensive library and curatorial archives that are accessible to the public. The Center’s two-year M.A. program in curatorial studies is specifically designed to deepen students’ understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of curating contemporary art. Exhibitions are presented year-round in the CCS Bard Galleries and Hessel Museum of Art, providing students with the opportunity to work with world-renowned artists and curators. The exhibition program and the Hessel Collection also serve as the basis for a wide range of public programs and activities exploring art and its role in contemporary society.

The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College opened its doors in 1992. Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2012, CCS Bard presents a series of exhibitions by students, as well as a roster of international artists, working in a range of practices.

Center for Curatorial Studies and
Hessel Museum of Art
Bard College, PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

Tel: 845 758 7598


[ R.A.T. ] Residencias Artísticas por Intercambio invita el sábado 29 de Septiembre de 2O12 a las 19:OO hrs. al conversatorio con los artistas Jason Mena (Puerto Rico) y Yecid Calderon (Colombia) quienes presentarán sus proyectos recientes.

La cita es en la sede [ R.A.T. ] Puerto Mitla ubicada en la calle de Mitla #15 colonia Vertiz Narvarte, entre eje 6 y eje 5, en la ciudad de México.

Coordinación Proyecto [ R.A.T. ]
Residencias Artísticas por Intercambio

Desde la conceptualización hasta la realización: La cámara como medio y discurso.

Fecha: Agosto 2012 | Miércoles 14 | Jueves 16 | Lunes 21 | Martes 22

Hora: 6:00 a 8:00 pm

Sede: Centro ADM | Av. Monterrey #215, Roma Norte, México, D.F.

Portfolio es un proyecto en formato de Festival Fotográfico para presentar anualmente una serie de actividades que incluye una gran selección de portafolios fotográficos de autores mexicanos y extranjeros.




Participación en el Tercer [ ES?KA?KE ], que se llevará a cabo el sábado 26 de Mayo del 2O12 a partir de las 4pm, en la calle de Mitla #15 colonia Vertiz Narvarte, entre eje 6 y eje 5, en la ciudad de México.

[ ES?KA?KE ] está abierto a la participación vicaria de un pequeño grupo de espectadores. Durante la sesión, el público asistente podrá escuchar las intervenciones de los participantes, pero no podrá terciar en la conversación. Terminada la sesión tendrán oportunidad para convivir con el resto del quórum y participar del intercambio que se suscite en el momento. Las habilidades políticas y sociales corren por cuenta y riesgo de cada individuo.

[ R.A.T. ] Residencias Artisticas por Intercambio
Proyecto transdisciplinario de investigación y exploración estética cuyo fin es generar espacios alternos para el desarrollo de proyectos de producción cultural, la reflexión y el diálogo entre comunidades locales, artistas de todas las disciplinas, curadores, gestores culturales, críticos, teóricos y otras disciplinas afines provenientes de México y del extranjero a través de un Programa de Residencias Artísticas que opera con base en una lógica de intercambio.

Puerto Mitla desarrolla actividades calendarizadas a lo largo del año que se abren a la participación de un público limitado en dos ámbitos: crítica cultural y artística [ ES?KA?KE ] y ‘Butaca de Troya’ presentaciones de cine, documental y experimentación musical (kine-acústica). Estas actividades, gratuitas, tienen horarios fijos y cupo limitado. La programación es definida por los gestores y se hace por invitación, aunque estamos abiertos a recibir propuestas que serán debidamente valoradas para su posible inclusión.

Curaduría : Eder Castillo

Exhibición colectiva
Medios Multiples
Inauguración: 3 de mayo 2012
Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual
México DF

Microarchivos es un proyecto de exhibición colectiva que concentra el trabajo y los procesos de distintos artistas de la región centroamericana del caribe. Los proyectos seleccionados en su conjunto toman como punto de partido el archivo y su concepto como un espacio múltiple , allí donde el indicio, la prueba o el testimonio se concentran para conformar una propuesta artística, sea ya esta como documento, registro, archivo, u otro similar.

La intención es presentar proyectos que en si mismos puedan amplificar este concepto de “archivo” en una propuesta artística, ya sean estas como registro de acciones, video performance, documento u algún otro cuerpo que permita encapsularle como obra.

Las propuestas de los artistas contemplan obras en formatos diversos, que por si mismos no se presentan como la obra original, sin embargo es en el vestigio donde se encapsula la experiencia y desde donde se plantea esta exhibición en pequeño formato.

Tercera edición: Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan, El Panal

Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española
Curadora en jefe: Deborah Cullen, PhD (Estados Unidos)
Equipo curatorial: Antonio Sergio Bessa (Brasil), Úrsula Dávila-Villa (México) y Rebeca Noriega (Puerto Rico)

Abril 2012

La tercera edición de la Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: El Panal/The Hive, explorará cómo la noción de la práctica gráfica descansa esencialmente en su espíritu colaborativo, enfatizando las redes sociales, reales y virtuales, en las cuales gente clave y prácticas convergen. Focalizándose en historias vinculadas y conexiones forjadas, sugerirá que el legado del espíritu del tradicional taller, sobrevive hoy a través de empresas compartidas que unen a la gente en espacios reales y virtuales, más que a través del aislamiento.

Esta edición de la Trienal examinará y enfatizará la importancia de la colaboración participativa en proyectos con una intención esencialmente gráfica. El Panal/The Hive presentará trabajos de reconocidos artistas y talleres del Caribe, Latinoamérica y Norteamérica y comisionará selectos artistas o grupos para desarrollar nuevos proyectos, creando eventualmente intercambios con talleres.

Artists: CJA/Contrafuertes, Vargas-Suarez Universal, Camel Collective, Beta-Local, SOMA, Ana Gallardo, Tomás Espina, Sebastian Gordin, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Pablo Vargas Lugo, Matheus Rocha Pitta, Jaime Ruiz Otis, Jorge de León Sanchez, Carla Zaccagnini, Benito Eugenio Laren, Antonio Vega Macotela, Antonio Dias, Sérvulo Esmeraldo, Mestre Nosa, André Komatsu, Ida Applebroog, Waly Salomão, Alan Ruppersberg, Tim Rollins, Décio Pignatari, Ernesto Neto, Antonio Manuel, Dulce Gómez, Öyvind Fahlstrom, Lenora de Barros, Francisco de Almeida, Raymundo Colares, Alex Cerveny, Paulo Bruscky, Augusto de Campos, BIUTIFULCORBEJA, Mariana Yampolsky, Nemesio Antúnez, Siluetazo, Julio Valdez, Projecto GRÁFICA (Iliana Emilia García, Moses Ros-Suárez, Pepe Coronado, Scherezade García), Corita Kent, Diógenes Ballester, Myrna Báez, Tony Cruz, René Santos, Omar ObdulioPeña Forty, Miguel Luciano, Michelle Gratacós Arill, La Pandilla (Alexis Díaz, Juan Fernández), Frances Gallardo, Equis, Conboca, Coco de Oro, Chemi Rosado Seijo, Carlos Motta, BIP (Stefan Benchoam, Christian Ochaita), Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Atarraya Cartonera, Antonio Martorell, Hatuey Ramos-Fermín, Omar Velázquez, Michael Linares, =DESTO (Raquel Quijano, Jason Mena, Omar Obdulio Peña Forty), Lorenzo Homar, Reuben Kadish, Harold Lehman, Marcos Dimas, Ester Hernández, Charles White, Lotty Rosenfeld, Rafael Ferrer, Asco (Harry Gamboa Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón, Patssi Valdez), Bullet Space, Border Arts Workshop, Lasar Segall, Colectivo de Acciones de Arte (Lotty Rosenfeld, Juan Castillo, Fernando Balcells, Raúl Zurita, Diamela Eltit), Luis Arenal, Juan Sánchez, Nayda Collazo-Llorens, Papo Colo, Jan Henle, Guido Llinás, Robert Blackburn

Diplomado de Fotografía
Procesos, géneros, tendencias y practicas artísticas en la creación fotográfica

Modulo 1: El imaginario fotográfico de siglo XIX y XX
Profesores: Carlos Acero Ruiz, Guadalupe Casanova y Sara Hermann
Modulo 2: Desde la toma hasta la publicación o impressión
Profesores: Fer Figheras y Emilian Larizza
Modulo 3: Campos culturales de la imagen
Profesores: Paula Gómez Jorge, Quisqueya Henríquez, Sara Hermann y Carlos Acero
Modulo 4: Nuevos medios
Profesores: Jason Mena, Sara Hermann, Quisqueya Henrique y Carlos Acero

PUCMM Recinto Santo Tomas de Aquino
Desde sábado 8 de octubre al sábado 25 de febrero 2012

Centro de Tecnología y Educación Permanente de la Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

Estafeta Temporary Studio presenta: Artist Talk

Jason Mena (Puerto Rico, 1974)
Hannes Zebedin (Austria, 1976)

17:00 - 20:00 hrs.

Artist Talk Sessions es una serie de presentaciones intercaladas entre artistas residentes en la ciudad de méxico y artistas en tránsito provenientes de otras latitudes. Las sesiones tendrán lugar en Estafetas Temporary Studio entre diciembre de 2011 y abril de 2012.

Sede: Estafeta 8-15, Col Postal, Benito Juárez, entre Metro Xola y Villa de Cortés
55294760 / 04455 25220107 (Isaac Torres)

The Dialectic City [Document | Context]

Curated by Carla Acevedo-Yates
Date: November 17, 2011 – December 15, 2011
Place: Laboratorio de Artes Binarios, Parada 18, Santurce, Puerto Rico

“The urban phenomenon and urban space are not only a projection of social relationships but also a terrain on which various strategies clash”

-Henri Lefebvre, The Urban Revolution

“To capture a city in an image really means following its movement”

-Nicolas Bourriaud, The Radicant

The city is comprised of colliding elements; conflicting mechanisms that through movement create situations and actions. In constant flux and development, these dialectical relationships1 or strategies can be interpreted and reconsidered in spatial or temporal terms. Any given building in a city, measured through its façade and structural components, undergoes constant shifts in perspective defined by social, political or economic changes in the urban fabric. Insofar as social relations are concerned, we can sense a city’s identity, culture and problematics through its streets, collected debris, people, and things. The city is not a place of permanent encounters or exchanges, but a site of temporal conversations, actions and situations. It is always changing, constantly moving. To deny movement in the city would be to deny its very substance and subsistence; movement itself being nearly impossible to imagine without space and time.

Taking as a point of departure this idea of movement and spatial/temporal transformation, “The Dialectic City [Document | Context]” gathers a group of works from 11 artists who seize the city as site and catalyst for artistic manifestations. Directly referencing the conceptual artistic strategy of documentation2, the works on display are documents implying very specific contexts, suggesting either explicitly or implicitly an action or situation that occurred in the city. They are context specific as well as time specific (Bourriaud), remnants and documents of the city, real or fabricated, continuously connoting motion, sign, and activity.

Artists: Francis Alÿs, Alexander Apóstol, Ivan Argote, Adriana Bustos, José Luis Cortés, David Lamelas, Jason Mena, Juan Alberto Negroni, Victor Sosa, Omar Velázquez, Norma Vila Rivero

Sponsors: Contempo Art Foundation Corp., Yellowmedia Group, Trápaga-Fonalledas Collection, GoPrint Puerto Rico, American Paper, Osviarte, Dsnotipo, AREA, Museo de Arte de Ponce


1 When speaking of the dialectic, I am referring to Heraclitus’ idea of dialectical movement, reintroduced and reworked years later by Hegel. Although Heraclitus never wrote directly about the dialectic, he is known for stating that “all is in a state of flux” referring to dynamic principles of contrasting and conflicting opposites.

2 Conceptual art includes practices where the final work can only be evidenced through notes, photographs or maps.

TPP Presents: Jason Mena - “On the Move” solo moving exhibition opening October 15th

In On the Move emerging artist Jason Mena shows us over 60 different photographs taken during the past years while being ‘on the move’ from country to country exhibiting his work. The photographs are experimental process-based pieces taken by the artist during his international travels while wandering the city by foot; capturing the objects, actions and situations that provoked his curiosity. It is the artistic process that most artists never get to show and most people never have the chance to see; images that provide us with a privileged and highly personal insight into the creative mind of the artist.

Since these photographs do not have a specific methodology and were not developed as part of a series, it is very difficult to exhibit them in a conventional setting. For this reason, these works were selected to be shown at Trailer Park Proyects. TPP is also on the move, making it the ideal environment for this type of work.

Carry-On: Puerto Rico Inspected

September 23, 2011
Collective Exhibition: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico
Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Boston, Massachusetts

Muestra Nacional de Arte 2011
Arte en el medio: 35 Años de Fotografia en Puerto Rico

Curadora: Mercedes Trelles Hernández

Jueves 15 de septiembre de 2011 / 7:00 p.m.
Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española
La Puntilla, Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico

T. 787 725 8320 / 787 724 1877

Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña

SF Tropical Pt 2

August 13 - September 3, 2011 Opening Reception, Saturday August 13, 8-11pm//Free and open to the public

As fog hovers over the bay, we lament the loss of summer. Naturally, we physiologically expect warm sunny days, and why not? A tropical San Francisco summer might be nice. By default the tropics are a construction, both by geography and by culture, equally defined by authentic characteristics as well by fantasy, commerce and desire. The tropical, as adjective, sets itself to the constant challenge of balancing its multiple realities and the expectations placed upon its self. Like many other contradictions it faces the very fact that in every cliché there is always some truth close to the stereotype.

The exhibition SF Tropical attempts to explore these realities and work as a hub while playing off stereotypes that will produce two group exhibitions and a series of one-off events during the summer in San Francisco at Queens Nails Projects.

SF Tropical Pt 2: Facundo Argañaraz, Sofía Cordoba, George Kuchar, Eamon Ore-Giron (DJ Lengua), Tim Sullivan and Chris Corrente, Jason Mena, Haden Nicholl and Jenifer K Wofford

Special Music Performance: Juan Luna-Avin and Josh Pieper on Opening Reception, Sat Aug 13 ChuCha Santamaría y Usted on Closing Reception, Sat Sep 3

Hotel Charleroi Artist Residency at B.P.S. 22

From July 4 to July 24, 2011

Hotel Charleroi is a flexible structure initiated by three European artists who would like to live and work in Charleroi. Located 60 km south from Brussels, Charleroi is a decaying industrial town with all associated symptoms - high unemployment rate, raising criminality, corruption affairs, etc. Its surrealistic urban landscape, reminiscences from an intense industrial past (slag heaps, steel factories) along with numerous irrational public infrastructures planned in the sixties (metro, ring road on viaduct), doesn’t fit at all with its relatively small scale (pop. 400 000).

In fact, Charleroi offers a very condensed overview of how Modernity developed in Europe and which social and economical problems resulted from it. The city nearly didn’t change since 30 years, and this makes it a very interesting investigation field for us, as it leaves everything open for a new generation of artists to position itself on its modern -and postmodern- heritage.

We share our interest in the city by organising sleeping facilities in Charleroi and inviting contemporary artists from all over Europe for short or long term residencies. We propose the residents to use the city as a studio or laboratory for interventions of all kinds. We can organise a place to stay and to work, but are not able to provide any financial support as we finance everything ourselves. However, we count on the enthusiasm of local institutions and establishments to create networks and opportunities in Charleroi. We understand our non-institutional status as an advantage to create a dynamic platform, able to adapt itself to every occasion it encounters.

Campo AA, Madrid Abierto, 2009 - 2010

Un espacio de producción, presentación y acción (publicación)


El laboratorio de Adaptive Action (AA), iniciado en Londres en 2007 Por Jean-François Prost y SPACE studios y residencia Canadiense Internacional en Hackney, East London, presta voz a causas marginales, estilos urbanos de vida alternativos, contra-conductuales y a la creación artística de la ciudadanía por la cual la imaginación y la creatividad personal influyen en la vida diaria. AA realiza un inventario y revela estas singularidades y acciones ya existentes, y tiene como objetivo animar a otras personas a que participen en nuevas actividades creativas para adaptar la estructura urbana.

Taller Internacional: Exploración Psicogeográfica a través de la Fotografía

Inicia: 11-14 de Abril de 2011

Duración: 12 hrs. / 4 sesiones

Síntesis: La manera como nos relacionamos y nos desenvolvemos en la sociedad y con el espacio urbano depende de nuestro concepto de la ciudad. Este taller pretende dar una breve introducción al uso experimental de la fotografía y la búsqueda del sentido de lugar a través de la intervención de un espacio especifico utilizando la práctica de la Deriva Psicogeográfica (Guy Debord 1958), procedimiento que se presenta como una técnica de paso ininterrumpido a través de ambientes diversos. Este es el origen del concepto Situacionista en dónde las distancias y los espacios no son establecidos en base a distancias físicas estables sino a la experiencia vivida del lugar.

Charla en f/64 Centro de Formación Audiovisual

viernes 15 y sabado 16 de abril de 5 a 9 p.m.

Una plática íntima con el artista acerca del proceso creativo en su obra, una mirada actual en el arte y la fotografía como medio de expresión; así como su relación y metodología de trabajo con galerías, curadores y coleccionistas.

Ongoing Project: Lights Out for the Territory

Graffiti is and has always been an overt political act. It’s purpose: to claim ownership of the public sphere by denouncing social and political inequalities. Considered by many as a form of defacement, graffiti is perhaps one of the only true democratic mediums, at times sacrificing aesthetic formalism for ideological substance. But its invasion into the urban landscape is also plagued by another type of subversive act; its erasement, which is as much of a political act as the writing on city walls. The graffiti’s erasement at times makes it even more conspicuous. In any case, both are acts that stand for transgressions on our urban landscape. As pedestrians of the city, we are inevitably forced to take in this visual psychogeography. But without a doubt, what is in the public domain, so to speak, is for the public to dispose of as it pleases. So then, who is really staking a claim in the public sphere?

The photographic series Lights out for the territory, title taken from the book by Iain Sinclair,is comprised of photographs of erased graffiti of political messages on the streets of a couple of cities visited in the past few years. These images rebel against themselves and make us question the true nature of the political.

Participation at Zona MACO with Luis Adelantado Gallery

ZONA MACO. MEXICO ARTE CONTEMPORANEO, will take place at the Centro Banamex, Hall D in Mexico City, from the 6th through the 10th of April 2011, organized by Cultura y Arte Contemporáneo Zeta S.A. De C.V.

For more information and high-res images please contact: or, T: +52 55 5545 6631

The Nappe Arsenale in Venice will host the 5th International Art Prize Arte Laguna Finalists Collective Exhibition

From the 12th to the 22nd of March.

Organized by the Italian Cultural Association MoCA and Arte Laguna, with the patronage of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Veneto Region and the European Institute of Design.


Igor Zanti – Curator and art critic
Gianfranco Maraniello – Director of MAMbo Museum in Bologna

Chiara Barbieri – Publications Director Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Ludovico Pratesi – Director of Visual Arts Centre Pescheria in Pesaro
Luca Panaro – Art Critic
Rossella Bertolazzi – Director of IED
Maja Skerbot – Art Critic and curator
Valentina Tanni – Critic and co-founder Exibart
Monika Burian – Director of the International Contemporary Art Festival in Prague - TINA B

Artist in Residency at ADM

From March 5 to May 5, 2011

The ADM Artist in Residency Program establishes socio-cultural links between Mexico and abroad through the production of projects in any of ADM’s three work disciplines developed by Invited/selected artists, the exhibition of their projects as well as the development of activities geared towards the public such as workshops, lectures, portfolio reviews, etc.

Participation at ARCO Madrid
Luis Adelantado Gallery

Booth 10E07

Participating Artists:

Chantal Akerman, Aggtelek, Sophie Calle, Óscar Carrasco, Andrés Carretero, Marcos Castro, Kimberly Clark, Folkert De Jong, Fendry Ekel, Luis Gordillo, Rubén Guerrero, Carlos Huffman, Bayrol Jiménez, Ismael Lagares, Jason Mena, Priscilla Monge, Alejandro Prieto, Pipilotti Rist, Oswaldo Ruíz, Martin Skauen, Morten Slettemeås, Montserrat Soto, Eduardo Sourrouille, Isis Van Dongen, Emilio Valdés, Darío Villalba

Group show at Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española

Deconstrucciones: Convivencias y convergencias hacia una antropología urbana is part of a series of projects conducted at the Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, this time working on the theme of Urban Anthropology, using the city as an object of study and art as a representative of the various problems presented in a contemporary urban environment touching on issues related to migration, deterritorialization, minorities, hybridization, overpopulation, construction and technology.

Participating Artists:

Abigail Pantoja, Admin Torres & Jorge Cordero, Ae.i.Ou, Gabriel Piovanetti-Ferrer & Luis Antonio Diaz Alejandro, Elsa Meléndez, Melissa A. Calderón, Nora Maité Nieves, Raquel Quijano, Jason Mena, Rogelio Báez Vega, Javier Román, Ulrik Lopez Medel, Jesus Gómez, Rafael Enrique Báez Meléndez, Antuán Lazaga, Félix Rodriguez Rosa, Louie Maldonado, Carlos Torres, Gunzmoke, Elveen M. González Collins, Ruben Luciano, Juan Román, Filipo Tirado, Xavier Muñoz, Javier Cambre, Tara Rodríguez Besosa, Rafael Báez, Lorraine Rodríguez & Raymond Forbes, Edgardo Larrégui, Joel Rodriguez, Pedro Muñiz

Group show at MASS MoCA’s Prints and Drawings Gallery

An Exchange with Sol LeWitt

A two-part exhibition presented by Cabinet and MASS MoCA

Curated by Regine Basha

The story of Sol LeWitt’s exchanges with other artists is widely known. Though most artists engage in this process at one point or another, LeWitt seemed fully committed to it as an artistic code of conduct, a way of life. Eva Hesse, Robert Mangold, Hanna Darboven, and Robert Ryman are just a few of LeWitt’s celebrated contemporaries with whom the artist exchanged works. Such exchanges were not limited to well-known artists — LeWitt consistently traded works with admirers whom he did not know but who had nevertheless sent their work to him, as well as amateur artists with whom he interacted in his daily life. LeWitt’s exchanges —- he responded to every work he received by sending back one of his own -— fostered an ongoing form of artistic communion and, in some cases, a source of support and patronage. The Sol LeWitt Private Collection retains all of the works he received, as well as a record of what he offered in return.

For LeWitt, the act of exchange seemed to be not only a personal gesture, but also an integral part of his conceptual practice. In addition to encouraging the circulation of artworks through a gift economy that challenged the art world’s dominant economic model, LeWitt’s exchanges with strangers have the same qualities of generosity, and risk, that characterized his work in general. This kind of exchange was designed to stage an encounter between two minds, outside the familiar confines of friendship.

If we consider the process of exchange as another of Sol LeWitt’s instructional pieces, then the rational (or irrational) thing to do is to continue to exchange work and ideas, if only symbolically, with him.

This exhibition, a curatorial project by Regine Basha, springs from a call to those who share an affinity with Sol LeWitt’s legacy as a conceptual artist, to those who knew him and those who did not—to anyone who has ever wondered, “What would Sol LeWitt like?”

Cabinet: January 21, 2011 – March 5, 2011

Opening reception: Thursday, January 20, 7–9 pm

MASS MoCA: January 23, 2011 – March 31, 2011

Opening reception: Saturday, January 22, 4:30–6:30 pm

Group show at Zaritsky Artist House

01.06.2011 - 01.30.2011

The Artist and Sculptures Association was founded in August 1934 in Tel Aviv.

The association is a non profit organization whose objective is helping artist and taking care of their professional and social needs. Over the years it has grown and developed its own programs: painting ,drawing an printing workshops as well as lectures, symposia, and gallery spaces.

We all shall play in the ruins
Solo show at Luis Adelantado Gallery

12.11.2010 - 15.01.2011

“The space of our physics, like the space of our daily lives, is thus a mere construction; an architecture thrown up by perception of the phenomena that surround us and thereby shape, for all of us, this ‘landscape of events’ that makes philosophers and scientists mere humble landscape artists.”

-Paul Virilio, The University of Disaster

We all shall play in the ruins comprises photography, installation, video and drawing. Informed by Paul Virilio’s take on the speed of post-modern society, Mena seemingly creates a ‘landscape of events’ where motion and velocity translate to both destruction and construction. Throughout the exhibition objects and images suggest movement in various explicit and even subtle ways. A central part of the exhibition is the photographic series Points of View, where Mena uses architecture to challenge the viewer’s perception. By focusing on the malleability of perception, these images not only delineate the fragility of contemporaneity but also the apparent imperceptibility of our urban reality. Letting Go of Conceptual Approaches, a series of abstract monochromatic images, shows the effect of a photochemical reaction of sunlight with hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides that has been released into the atmosphere mostly by automotive emissions and industrial plants. A paradoxical image as we find beauty in polluted skyscapes.

Jason Mena’s work entails a multi-faceted approach to contemporaneity that, drawn from conceptualism and minimalism, reveals the complexities and contradictions of the ever increasing urbanization of space. The City and its architecture becomes the main protagonist and consequently witness of the post-modern condition. Reality and fiction converge, they appear and disappear in the urban landscape, provoking multiple reactions and interpretations. Working with different media, mainly photography, video and installations, Mena reacts to his surroundings and eerily reminds us that appearances can ultimately be deceiving. His work leads to a profound criticism of the constant simulation of culture, the speed of urbanization and the accelerated decay of our social and political climate.

Participation at Zona MACO with Luis Adelantado Gallery

ZONA MACO. MEXICO ARTE CONTEMPORANEO, will take place at the Centro Banamex, Hall D in Mexico City, from the 6th through the 10th of April 2011, organized by Cultura y Arte Contemporáneo Zeta S.A. De C.V.

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Group show at CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts

05.06.2010 - 07.31.2010

We have as much time as it takes calls attention to the multiple conditions that determine artistic display in the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts. As an art gallery located within an educational institution, the Wattis Institute requires the steady production of tangible, professional results. Responding to this situation, We have as much time as it takes presents practices that directly or symbolically, the often unquestioned and overlooked systems and economies related to such a situation. The show features 10 international artists and collectives working in a variety of media, including sculpture, installation, performance, and video. Many of the works are new, site-responsive commissions created especially for this exhibition.

Participating Artists:

Nina Beier and Marie Lund, David Horvitz, Jason Mena, Sandra Nakamura, Roman Ondák, Red76, Zachary Royer Scholz, Tercerunquinto, Lawrence Weiner, Christine Wong Yap

Participation at Madrid Foto
Luis Adelantado Gallery

Zombie: A Mindless Affair
Curated by: Edra Soto
Opening Friday October 23 from 6pm-10pm

Artists: C Through Outfit (Erik Brown, Catie Olsen, Carl Warnik and Dawn Reed), Deborah Boardman, Nate Lee, Jason Mena, Mindy Rose Schwartz, Amanda Browder, Derek Chan, Christopher Simkins, Chris Smith, Ann Toebbe, Harold Mendez, Paul Nudd, Noah Berlatsky, Vladimir Kharitonsky, Dana Peters, Gretel Garcia, Susannah Kite Strang, Rachel Hewitt, Corinne Halbert, Bert Stabler, Beatriz Monteavaro, Miguel Cortez, Edra Soto, Candace Briceno, Death by Design Co. (Teena McClelland and Michelle Maynard), The Wiener Girls (Sydney Croskery and Katey Rafanello), Betsy Odum, Jen Thomas and Bobby Lively, Jacob C. Hammes, Andrea Jablonski, Jeff Libersher, Aide Martinez

Project Wall Space: Irene Perez

Zombie: A Mindless Affair: Celebrations that invite us to observe a historical occurrence are still strongly practiced in contemporary culture. Halloween, as celebrated is America, profoundly depicts the strongest features from gothic and horror literature, film, TV, and graphic arts. Among the repertoire of traditional characters, the zombie distinguishes itself for possessing the biology and behavior of a normal human being, yet lacks consciousness. This exhibition uses the vernacular of the mythological zombie as a starting point to engage in ideas of death, mindlessness and symbolisms for the occult and inexplicable. The term zombie also intends to address issues referring to the mindless self in a social spectrum: leading and following; acts of automatism and fanatic behaviors.

Opening: Friday October 23 from 6pm-10pm / October 23 - November 21, 2009
From 6:30-7:00pm on opening night: Join author Scott Kenemore, artist Mindy Rose Schuartz and collaborators Teena McClelland and Michelle Maynard from Death by Design Co. in conversation. They will talk about the darkness that enlightens their work. Screening of the film made by Death by Design Co. immediately after the conversation. Moderated by Edra Soto

1765 S. Laflin St.
Chicago IL 60608

(773) 257-3534
Hours: by appointment only

VOXUMENTA: Group Show at Vox Populi

Curated by Emily Hage, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow, Modern and Contemporary Art, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pepon Osorio, Philadelphia-based artist whose exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial, the ICA and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Founded in 1988, Vox Populi is a nonprofit artist collective that supports the work of under-represented artists with exhibitions, gallery talks, peformances, and lectures. Gallery hours are Wednesday - Sunday from 12-6 pm.

Vox Populi’s programs are possible through the generous support of individual contributors, our audience and Board of Directors, and the following funders: Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Samuel P. Mandell Foundation, Samuel S. Fels Fund, Dolfinger McMahon Foundation, The Barra Foundation, and Google.

Artists: Julianne Ahn, Meaghan Bates, David Bowen, Adele Crawford, Kip Deeds, Marc Fagan, Christina Gundersen, Sinae Lee, Jen McCleary, Kate McCory, Jason Mena, Jason Scuilla, Rachel Sussman

Vox Populi Gallery
319 N 11th. 3rd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Opening reception: Friday, May 5, 6-10 PM
Gallery Talk: Friday, May 5, 6:30 PM, with guest speaker Emily Hage