Entries in caribbean art (10)

Monday
Aug172015

Susan Mains at the TRIO Bienal in Rio De Janeiro

 

 

Following the monumental stride made by Grenada’s first appearance at the Biennale di Venezia, artists Susan Mains and Asher Mains have been chosen for the Trio Bienal, an international art exhibit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Beginning on September 5th and continuing until November 26th, 2015, this exhibition will display an international array of three dimensional art. Joining these artists from Grenada will be Giuseppe Linardi who was an Italian guest artist in the Grenada National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

The Trio Bienal is an international exhibition of contemporary art around the three-dimensional in his classic scope – sculpture, installations and objects – as well as in all its expanded fields – painting, photography, drawing, video and others medias as three-dimensional research, and will occupy several museums and cultural institutions in Rio de Janeiro. The overarching theme of the Bienal is “Who Said Tomorrow Doesn’t Exist?” and is curated by Marcus de Lontra Costa.

Asher Mains will be shown in the Centro Cultural Parque das Ruinas under the theme of “Gravity – Equilibrium and Balance”. The work being exhibited was seen in the Grenada Contemporary Exhibit put on by the Grenada Arts Council in September of 2014. It is an installation of images sprayed onto sail cloth with silhouettes of sea fans representing the life of the figures as well as our relation to the sea. The piece is called “Sea Lungs” and reflects a personal glimpse from the reefs’ perspective contemplating their own demise.

The multi-media/mixed media work of Susan Mains is rooted in her own personal experience, as well as in a deep commitment to the physical environment of Grenada. The video projected onto a bed-like platform shows a tropical flower impressed on the back of a female form.  A strong heliconia, its rigid forms becomes a scaffold for the healing of a spine.  Suddenly an x-ray with titanium screws appears in an actual spine, the metaphor exposing itself.   The bed is made up of crocus bags, those used in the agricultural sector to transport cocoa and nutmeg.   Spices, grown in Grenada, also surround the image.

The installation begs the question, "what if".  What if these natural forms could replace the surgical knife to heal a broken spine?  What if human cells could be taught to imitate the stem cell differentiation demonstrated in the helconia flower.  What if tomorrow could be better by honouring what is already in our hands.  Susan’s work will be shown under the theme of “Utopia – Preterites of Contemporarity” and will share exhibition space with well-known artists such as Los Carpentiros, and Vik Muniz.

This exhibition opportunity was made possible by the executive director of the TRIO Bienal, Alexandre Murucci who visited the Grenada National Pavilion in Venice before submitting the work to his own curatorial committee. This on going exposure for Grenada’s art is a reflection of the efforts made by Grenada, its artists and sponsors in representing Grenada on the international art scene.

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The transformative and economic power of art is only now beginning to show its power in Grenada.

More info can be found at:
www.triobienal.com
www.grenadavenice.org
www.artandsoulgrenada.com
www.susanmains.com
www.ashermains.com
www.linardi.it

Sunday
Sep082013

Nine years ago--the day after Hurricane Ivan hit us in Grenada.

then and now, my painting studio

The After Ivan exhibit at Gallery of Caribbean Art a few months later--made me cry when I went back and looked at it again.  Click here.

 

Bright shiny promising days ahead!

Present studio with works in progress for Gallery of Caribbean Art exhibit in Feb 2013

 

Wednesday
Aug072013

Missed the Regatta in Cariacou....

but that doesn't stop the work boats from showing up in my studio.  Sorry, can't help it.

 

 

Stormy Start--Work Boat Races in Grenada-- 47" x 33" Acrylic on Canvas

 

 

 

Sunday
Dec232012

Caribbean connections!

Follow the link to read the poetry of Sandra Sealy, Barbadian poet inspired by Susan's painting of Grenada's Work Boats.

"Team Work" Susan Mains 2003 (c)

Click here to Read Sandra Sealy's Poem

Thursday
Sep132012

Caribbean Dancing Girls

Caribbean Dancing Girls 24" x 30" Acrylic

 

Caribbean Bele Dancing Diptych 20" x 32" Acrylic

 

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