ORGANIC PAINTING INSTRUCTIONAL RESIDENCY
For All Sessions Summer & Fall 2018
From the first encounters between the peoples of the Americas and European conquerors, objects were exchanged and treasures were looted. As Alessandra Russo writes, the fascination for the new “other” was only anticipation for the collision of the European Renaissance with the great traditions of Pre-Hispanic America. A massive event in history that not only produced new objects, and images, but also completely transformed the course of Western Art. Mexico’s rich artistic heritage is derived from a multiplicity of artistic traditions, not only from the encounters of Mesoamerican cultures with Europeans. It has also been deeply influenced by the exchanges with other regions of the world. Art and cultural objects were part of the trade carried on from the East Indies [Asia] to Spain, from Peru and Cartagena [Colombia] into the Caribbean and as far as the North Sea islands, making the New Spain [Mexico] the center of the first global network.
The Organic Painting Instructional Residency acknowledges this rich heritage expressed in a wide variety of art techniques and splendid iconography combined with a nuanced perspective and comprehensive content, to connect it with a wide variety of contemporary art practices and Mexico’s vast artistic heritage. The program includes 3 weeks of instruction (27 hours total; 9 hours per week) by Arquetopia’s studio maestro who teaches diverse techniques with mediums and supports traditionally used in pre-Columbian and baroque art. Instruction is in Spanish and English, focusing in learning and experimentation with traditional organic primers (cactus and lime, rabbit glue, gelatin) stuccos, organic based temperas and frescoes, and related art techniques.
Artist-in-Residence and Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015 Recipient, Marina Yerali (Cyprus)
Sessions of 3 weeks, with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applicant.
WHAT THIS RESIDENCY INCLUDES
- 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
- Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
- Furnished, private bedroom
- Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and large dining room
- Wireless Internet
- Use of Arquetopia’s residency spaces including 4th-floor lounge and outdoor terraces
- Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
- 24-hour access to large and bright, shared art studio with generous natural light
- Personal workspace with large table and wall space
- Some tools provided
- Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
- Materials and supplies for additional project production are not included but are available for purchase locally
RESIDENCY FEE AND APPLICATION DEADLINES