ART IN A SUITCASE
Curated by Vasja Nagy
17. - 31. July 2018
Signos is the newest series in the work of Manolo Cocho in which he studies the language of signs, relationship between signs and symbols, and develops his personal symbolic language to describe the phenomena of the universe. He understands how cultures attribute meanings to things and uses them in various forms and occasions. But he perceives with subtlety some phenomena that transcend the cultural borders and act as archetypes. In his artworks one can clearly see how strongly is he anchored in the Mexican cultures and visual language but his ability to create his own universal language makes the images uncannily familiar.
Manolo Cocho is a Mexican artist who is internationally active and recognized. He lives and creates in a desert but his artworks are presented in major cities of the world. He dedicates himself to the contemplation of the Earth as the planet of our existence and daily life as well as the Universe as the existence on material and spiritual level. His position is well based on scientific knowledge but he doesn’t neglect the mythology of archetypes as well. Cocho works in various media including painting, sculpture, land art, performance, photography and video. He uses them accordingly to the content and the context. His departure is academic drawing and painting but he sublimates the classical media through conceptual thinking into a stable form. His artwork has been described as post-contemporary because it is strongly attached to the contemporary context through his concern for ecology but still intended for eternity because of the use of archetypes.
He is active as a curator as well and he organizes various exhibitions at Museo Regional in San Luis Potosi, Fundacion Fertilizando el esfuerzo, and Centro de Ciencias de la Complejidad de la Universidad Nacional UNAM in Ciudad de Mexico.
Manolo Cocho is travelling to Europe in 2018 in order to present his artworks in Switzerland and Austria. One personal exhibition takes place at the end of June 2018 in Sierre (Wallis) at the Zone 30 and Espace Huis Clos (www.huisclos.ch ).
In Austria will his works be presented under curatorship of Vasja Nagy in a group exhibition Über fliegende Insel und fliegende Menschen in production of NöArt noeart.at 3 venues in Lower Austria:
28. 4.–27. 5. 2018 • Dorfmuseum Roiten, Rappottenstein
4. 8.–12. 8. 2018 • Gemeindeamt, Yspertal
25. 8.–9. 9. 2018 • Haus der Kunst, Baden
Vasja Nagy graduated from the Faculty of Arts, department History of Art (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia) acquiring M. A. degree. During the studies he completed School for curators of contemporary art in Ljubljana and after the studies acquired State licence for a curator in a museum and art gallery. Since 1997 he is active as a curator in the field of contemporary visual arts. In the years between 2001 and 2008 was employed as Curator for Contemporary Art at Obalne galerije Piran (Gallerie Costiere Pirano), Slovenia and from 2004 to 2006 involved in the gallery Galerija Zapor in Koper, Slovenia in position of Art Director and Curator of exhibitions. Since 2008 works as freelance curator. Since 1999 regularly publishes articles on contemporary visual arts in various publications. His theoretical and practical interests are mostly inclined towards photography and curatorial practices. His projects have been realized in many European countries and in Mexico. In 2006 he received The photographic exhibition of the year reward for curating the exhibition Intimno/Intimate. He is a member of Slovene Association of Art Critics. Since 2012 lives in Vienna and works as freelance curator and critic of visual arts anywhere.