Mexico Pop-Up Exhibition and Installation
Mexico, art and sport come together in the fitness studio Mrs.Sporty in Munich. This pop-up exhibition included a culinary performance ‘Guacamole’, a floor installation integrating drawings and sport equipment, a series of high-key colourful paintings on paper with unique patterns created by the artist and the limited edition, hand-made artist book ‘Mexico’ which was printed on a Risograph.
The paintings and book were inspired from a trip to Mexico where the artist gave herself the challenge to create one new pattern motif each day which reflected something she had seen and been impressed by or an experience. Over three weeks she made a book of sketches. In her studio back in Munich she began turning these sketches into a new body of work. First she created the artist book ‘Mexico’ based on the patterns she had created during her trip. Then she went on to develop the patterns at a much larger scale using high-key colours. The result is a series of paintings that give the feeling of being in Mexico.
The artist wanted to show the work in space that would reflect the playfulness in the work rather than in an normal exhibition space. It occurred to her that her fitness studio would be a great environment so she approached Carmen Kindelhofer, the owner of Mrs.Sporty München-Bogenhausen, with the idea. The aim of the pop-up format is to open up viewers to a different experience of the work.
Rather than just hang the works on walls she wanted to create a dialogue with the space and incorporate elements of the fitness studio in the exhibition. Picking up on the various colours and forms of the gym equipment she created a large floor installation in 3 parts – ‘El Zócalo’, ‘La Basilíca’ and the ‘La Casa Gilardi’.
A further addition and a lively part of this Mexico pop-up was the incorporation of a culinary performance, bringing food into art. A stall was set up like like a typical street stall with a display of fresh ingredients, working tools and colourful plastic serving platters. During the pop-up the artist prepared fresh guacamole in front of the exhibition visitors and then offered tastings.
The hand-made artist book was also presented for the first time during the Mexico pop-up. All the printing and bookbinding was done by the artist. It is also a small homage to the hands skills of Mexican crafts people and reflection of their versatility. The book is a limited edition of fifteen books.
The Mexico pop-up show was open for one day only.