I am honored to curate an exhibit in such a wonderful venue full of talent, creative force and solidarity. The title “Flight of the Monarch” was born from my personal experience having visited the Monarch Sanctuary in central Mexico. It is amazing what these small insects achieve, some of it comes from their perseverance and sense of mission, however much of it comes from their action as a mass. I hope this exhibit reveals the power of the artist as an individual and as a whole without limitations and restrictions. I asked Mark Ross to write the text with his intuitive and eloquent style and thank every one involved in this beautiful exhibit. With these notions in mind we welcome you to the International Art Biennial-Houston.
Program of events during the biennal :
Opening reception with honored guests, city officials and Houston diplomatic corps on Friday, October 4th 6:00-8:30pm. Opening night music by harpist Joanna Whitsett. International chefs will delight the public with petite delicacies inspired by the artworks from the biennial.
Ars Lyrica Houstonand Houston Early Music Festival ensembles willperform music from Renaissance and Baroque eras on various period instruments and present the instruments in a family friendly atmosphere. (November 9th)
Fashion Fusion, a pop up featuring Houston’s most audacious fashion gurus and designers, inspired by the artworks of the biennial. (December 14th)
“Las manos de la mariposa” (The Hands of the Butterfly), a theatre production by Spanish Director Domingo Ferrandis. (Date: TBD)
« The Art Market », a talk with Rich Ferrante, director of Art Dallas Contemporary, innovative Houston art galleries, art patron Judy Nyquist, and international artists. (November 9th)
« The Butterfly Talks » (a take on the The Moth Talks) with Ms. Keli Chevalier, US Army Major and author of « From Trauma to Triumph ». Other speakers include, musicians, artists, and other professionals. (October 12th)
Dialogues + Action, Nonprofits will gather to exchange ideas and methods for optimization of the associations. TFAA, EFGH, HEP, PART, Choose to do INC, the W.A.V.E. Chronescolitisfondation (December 14th)
Nahual Project University of Houston Brain Center headed by Dr. Jose Contreras Vidal and live Art Performance by Artist Geraldina Wise Iteriano. (For exact date and time please consult the website)
Inspirational Design, a walk through presentation by interior designers, who will create a vignette inspired entirely by one or more artworks from the biennial. Guest designers: Geraldine Dyen from Texture by G Interior Design Studio, Mayita Garza Design Studio, Lucinda Loya, Delphine Rome Robert of Remanence Interiors. (November 9th)
Jacques Fox of Artisans Bistro, Adriana Avendaño of Frida Valentina Catering, Isabel Legorreta of ILA Catering, Soren Pederson Restaurant and Catering, Emmanuelle Denaclara of Wild Thyme Cuisine- Private Chef.
Wines and art inspired cocktails provided by Chateaux Bonnete, Ambhar Tequila, Cámara Nacional de la Industria Tequilera, Mexico
Spring St. Studios at Sawyer Yards, Ars Lyrica,
Choose to DO Inc. Chronescolitisfondation, Consulate General of
Mexico-Houston, Consulate General of France-Houston, EFGH Education Française Greater
Houston, HEP Houston Expat Pro, artHOUSTON Magazine, HDC Houston Design
Center, Houston-Nice Sister City Association, Dr. Catherine Karmel M.D.
Gynecology & Obstetrics, PART Pan American Round Table, R.O.B.A.
Medical Solutions, TFAA Texas French Alliance for the Arts.
“Each year an amazing movement occurs. From the Great Lakes, clouds of Monarch butterflies move south perpetuating the fragile process of metamorphosis; from egg, to larvae, to chrysalis, to butterfly. The butterfly: a song of vision, ethereal and temporal, perhaps five weeks of life, is a feast for poets and a muse for metaphorical excess. The process of life repeats itself with no regard for human observance, en route to Michoacan, Mexico and a renewal unlike anything. The gathering in Mexico defies adequate description. To see the butterflies come together in swarms and make the mighty tree branches of the Oyamel sag and at times break, reminds us that even the most tenuous of beings, together, can act with great force. (This reminder is always a timely notion but perhaps now more than ever.)
It is always left to the artist to interpret and expose. If something is too delicate to approach, it is the artist that creates the tactile, the elaborate, or the simplest of connections to it. Generating a higher plane of thought, being more aware of who we are, and exposing what we are not, are themes abundant in art. To decipher the connections we take for granted and expose in their unique manners, the beauty, the vile, the sorrow and the stillness of form are the aspirations of the artist.
To varying degrees, artists simultaneously inhabit the stages of metamorphosis. The finished art work, like the mature Butterfly, is bound for another place, and to the artist is left the task of a totally new form; new ideas and a renewal of process. The butterfly is the artist and the form. What sense of thought, what level of “consciousness” does this “artist” bring? Is the highest from of expression something divorced from the notion of thought? Is our highest self, our most creative moment, something occurring absent of thought and hence, absent of time?”