Down the Rabbit Hole by Mercedes Gertz
September 7th – October 25th
Down the Rabbit Hole explores the symbolic language of images from a Mexican feminist perspective. Symbolic language has the ability to express abstract ideas that are otherwise difficult to translate in direct, analytical speech or text. This language of images is felt more so than it is heard, and honors the realm of instinct, dreams, and intuition.
In this exhibition, I present three bodies of work that investigate this symbolic language through the lens of archetypes, dreams, and fairy tales. This exhibition has been shown in Paris in 2018, and has now come to SPARC. Down the Rabbit Hole continues to grow as new participants step forward to tell their story. I invite you to participate in this language of images and insert yourself into the world of our untold narratives.
-Mercedez Gertz, PhD
About the Artist:
Mercedes Gertz works in Mexico City, California and Switzerland. Her interest in art as a language has informed her artistic practice and community work. Gertz currently has a PhD in the study of Depth Psychology. Her focus is on the study of dreams and Fairy Tales as the symbolic language that articulates what words fail to express.
In 1990, she received her bachelor’s degree from Parson’s School of Art and Design in New York. In 1998, she was honored with the Fonca Young Creators Scholarship. She obtained her Master of Fine Arts in 2001 from the Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Her graphic work “Lotería de la Vida” is part of the collection of the Luis Cuevas Museum, Mexico City. Her interest in art as a language has informed her artistic practice and community activities. She has also developed workshops for Hispanic families in Los Angeles, where she has worked since 2001 to date. Gertz teaches Dream and Fairy Tale workshops in Mexico, Los Angeles and Paris. Her paintings, conceptual installations and graphic art have been exhibited in Mexico, the United States, and Europe.
De Colores Means All of Us: Art and the Dialectics of Coalition Building in Communities of Color Curated by Claudia Huiza
Opening on September 21 – November 16, 2019
Reception: September 21 @ 3-5PM
This exhibition will focus on cross cultural relations between female-identified Latinxs, artists of Caribbean descent and African American communities living in Southern California. The curated effort focuses on Black, Caribbean and Brown relations and our shared history of struggle and how more than ever we need to work hard to continue strengthening our alliances. The premise asserts that knowing and exploring each other’s cultural production and history through our art, we can move beyond the petty and the divisiveness that seems to be rampant in our country today.
The multimedia exhibition, featuring artists Cole James, Star Montana, Lavialle Campbell, Claudia Rodríguez, Zeal Harris, Ana Navarro, Patrisse Cullors, and Maritza Álvarez furthers the alliance work started decades ago by organic intellectual-scholars Elizabeth (Betita) Martinez and Angela Davis, who worked together in the early nineties and onward to bring attention to how art, music, poetry and literature are crucial in building strong social movements for meaningful change.
As performance artist Patrisse Cullors has shown with her most recent body of work, “Respite, Reprieve and Healing”, bringing together diverse communities that inhabit Neighboring communities in LA in an exploration of healing and ceremonies that highlight our shared histories of struggle, art has an enormous potential to change people, communities and our world. The collaborations, the dialogues created by bringing together artists from very different communities who would otherwise not come together to explore the commonalities of their socialization, struggles and perdurance demonstrates that art can be a vehicle for increased consciousness raising, awareness about other cultures, and a serve as a foundation for strong movements for social change, because art offers us ways of seeing the world through a different, more well-rounded lens.
For more information, please visit the official Sur: Biennial Website