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Abandoned Market Hides A Stained Glass Wonderland

Tuesday 01.28.2014 , Posted by
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You’ll find a full spectrum of hues in this wondrous market-turned-greenhouse. Located in Toluca, Mexico, this majestic Art Nouveau-style building was originally built in 1910 and housed the city’s first market. When the market closed in 1975, local artist Leopoldo Flores imagined a vibrant, verdant future for the historic site.  [Read more...]

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Adrian Esparza Reveals Geometric Art Hidden in the Mexican Blanket

Wednesday 01.08.2014 , Posted by
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The sarape, commonly known as the Mexican blanket, is a international symbol for the Latin American country. In much of the southern US too, this rainbow colored textile has been an ubiquitous element of the region, seen as decoration, clothing, and as a stylish covering for many an old car seat. Texas-based artist Adrian Esparza has been transforming this popular item, unraveling it and transforming the multi-colored weave into geometric string art. In most of his works a blanket hangs nearby, giving its thread to the newly imagined form. [Read more...]

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A Thinly Sliced Citroën DS by the Legendary Gabriel Orozco

Monday 11.04.2013 , Posted by

Gabriel Orozco

Here’s an oldie but a goodie, and we don’t mean just the car. This work of conceptual art comes from Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, who back in 1993 sliced a classic (no, legendary) Citroën DS in two and perfectly narrowed the car into a single seater. The resulting work is so convincingly normal from the side, yet so bizarrely narrow from the front or rear. The piece predates recent ‘car warping’ sculptures like those of Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor (whose Volkswagen Beetle’s are formed into a surprisingly perfect sphere and cube). Orozco’s work keeps the car far more intact, leaving people to wonder at its functionality, how it was done, and whether they are seeing clearly. [Read more...]

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Once Upon a Time: Intimate Bathtub Images from Javier Campuzano

Friday 10.04.2013 , Posted by

Javier Campuzano

It’s intimate, it’s emotional, it’s helpless. These are some of the words to describe the photos that Javier Campuzano captures in his series focusing on nudes curled up in the bathtub. Campuzano raises himself above and shoots a birds eye view of the subject in the tub. Upon looking at the final work, one could be moved to identify with feelings of helplessness, hurt and sorrow. [Read more...]

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From Guns to Drums: The Disarm Project Creates Mechanized Musical Instruments from Dangerous Weapons

Monday 09.16.2013 , Posted by

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Pedro Reyes is taking a notoriously dangerous element in his country – guns – and transforming them into musical instruments programmed to play surprisingly catchy music. In doing so, the Mexico City native is subverting the original purpose for these weapons, taking something that could have taken life, and instead enhancing lives through musical creativity. He calls his project Disarm. [Read more...]

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National Pyrotechnic Festival in Tultepec, Mexico

Tuesday 06.18.2013 , Posted by

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Every year 100,000 people gather in Tultepec, Mexico to experience the nine day National Pyrotechnic Festival. Like most festivals, food, rides, music, and dancing are involved, but the biggest thrills are the amazing fireworks displays. Tultepec is the largest producer of fireworks in all of Mexico and Pyrotechnicians come to compete in contests that choreograph fireworks with music. There are also “castillos” (castles) contests, which involve building wooden structures with reed and paper that with proper firework placement and design, give a 30 minute unique light sequence for all to enjoy. But the main event is the “pamplonas” (Running of the Bulls) in which roughly 250 moving bull-shaped wooden frames with up to 4,000 fireworks on them, run the streets with explosive trails following them everywhere they go, lasting 7 hours. [Read more...]

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Our Exquisite Corpse: Beaded Skulls from Mexico

Friday 10.26.2012 , Posted by

These sculptures are unique in being both joyously colored and surprisingly macabre. Coming from the country know for celebrating the Day of the Dead, each skull is created by the Huichol people of Western Mexico. Each is made of cast resin and meticulously covered in thousands of tiny beads. The intricate patterns originate from the Huichol peoples traditional art and culture in the Sierra Madre Mountains. [Read more...]

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End of the World Survival Kit for 2012

Monday 09.24.2012 , Posted by

Are you prepared for the end of the world this year? Based on the Mayan calendar, December 21st is the last day we will experience – so what better way to spend it than with your “Just in Case” end of the world kit? [Read more...]

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Carpoolers: The Daily Commute Captured From Above

Tuesday 05.29.2012 , Posted by

Not everyone’s daily commute includes a comfortable air conditioned environment, morning talk radio and an office at the end. Mexican photographer Alejandro Cartagena captures many of these people from overpasses near his home-base in Monterrey, just as the trucks that carry them pass under his talented lens. These workers head to construction sites, landscaping jobs and field work packed into the back of truck beds with the tools of their trade, while they catch a few last minutes of sleep before the long day of manual labor. It captures a world that many of us miss… even as they pass us on the freeway. [Read more...]

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Sensacional! The Bold Aesthetic of Mexican Design

Wednesday 03.07.2012 , Posted by

For anyone that has traveled “south of the border” into Mexico, you know that the country has an aesthetic all its own. The countries highly expressive ads, plastered on many walls around small towns and big cities, call to passerby in loud colors and bold graphics unlike anywhere else. Masked wrestlers peddle toothpaste, hand-painted signs advertise candy and some ads only makes sense if you live there. [Read more...]

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