Event Category: Presentations/Discussions
Wild Talk: Devenir Ave – Becoming Bird
Gallery Talk and Reception
When: Thursday, January 10
Where: Centro Cultural El Nigromante (Bellas Artes)
Time: 4:00 pm
By: Hope Palmer
What does one expect to see and feel when one enters a world both known and unknown. A world where birds are the main protagonists in photo and video artist Linda Girvin’s new works “Devenir Ave – Becoming Bird” at the Centro Cultural El Nigromante (Bellas Artes). The visual assault, the “grab”, is immediate and most likely overwhelming; asking more questions and involving the viewer in a way usually not present in art, especially of a subject that seems at once so knowable in our visual heritage, that of birds.
Moving beyond the static bird portraits of John James Audubon’s era, Girvin engages the interplay between the light and pace of 21st century scanner technology, the bodies of found birds and her intuitive touch to dissolve boundaries and transcend “still life”. Her images draw us into the realms of life and death, love and sorrow and the fine line between perceived reality and the dimensions of the spirit.
Particles of realism within the large format works tease us into a false sense of understanding only to be blasted away in the next instant by the transition of recognizable talons, beaks and wings into abstract imagery. It is confrontational work, intended to help us move to a place of emotional connection with the aspects of life and death that can never be explained through intellectual reasoning.
The best works in art are somewhat ambiguous and poetic. They never release meaning upon first viewing; for it is only when we put ourselves in a personal space, meeting the subject so directly without outside interference that revelation awaits. Once we suspend logic and let the spontaneity of the moment prevail we have entered Girvin’s world.
On Thursday, January 10 at 4 pm, Linda will host a gallery talk and reception at the Centro Cultural El Nigromante (Bellas Artes) that will take us to a deeper understanding of the collaborative process she uses to create these works and how this focus has shifted her relationship with the non-human world.
Linda GirvinLinda Girvin is a photo-based and video artist who lives and works in Aspen, Colorado and San Miguel de Allende. She has had numerous museum and one-person shows around the country as well as Germany, The Netherlands and China. Collections and museums that have acquired her work include the Progressive Art Collection, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, the Norton Museum of Art in Florida and the U.S. Department’s Art in The Embassies Program. Her exhibition at Centro Cultural El Nigromante (Bellas Artes) continues through January 13, 2019.
Sociedad Audubon de México, A.C.
Sociedad Audubon de México is based in San Miguel de Allende, a beautiful colonial town in the mountains of central Mexico. It is the only Audubon chapter in the country, and is conscious of its responsibility to represent and protect the natural world in Mexico. “The Sociedad Audubon de Mexico, as a bird focused organization, recognizes that a healthy environment is critical to the survival of birds and all other elements of nature, and we operate from this perspective.”
Our Vision is to become the most effective advocate for the protection and appreciation of birds and all other elements of nature in the San Miguel de Allende area and environs.