Malpaso: A Collaborative Investigation by Alejandro Almanza Pereda,

Birgit Rathsmann and Rick Karr

Exhibition At The Clemente

The exhibition focuses on the artists’ dialogue with an historic river valley in Chiapas, Mexico that’s now submerged beneath the waters of a reservoir behind a dam -- a fluid locus where the quest for autonomy struggles to overcome thwarted beliefs.

The artists have long shared a fascination with water as a medium uniquely suited to upending assumptions small and large, a potent metaphor for knowledge that remains in a fluid state and never hardens into the kind of certainty that gives rise to rigid ideology.

The exhibition is organized around the metaphor of a small museum that documents the artists’ subjective experience of the landscape surrounding the Malpaso Reservoir in western Chiapas. The show investigates the historical layers of violence foisted onto this landscape as a consequence of colonialism, religion, and “progress”.

Press Release

Horror Vacui (Malpaso Scene), 24 x 36 x 6 in, Oil painting, gilded wood frame, concrete.

14 de Julio 1966 #1 and #2, Cast glass, 18"x18" and 18"x36".

Luz a Fuerza, Neon tubing, electronics, 18" diameter

Sandworms Hold Me Down,Cast Sand and Wax, 6 ft on base 24 x 24 in

Butts!ButtsButts! Installation

Malpaso video (18 minutes) and Luz a Fuerza, Neon tubing, electronics, 18" diameter

TK Carved igneous rock and lamp hardware, Approx 6 x 6 x 6 in

Crocodile Skin Chips, Upholstered tortilla chips, glass dish, variable size

brassmarkers

Unused Survey Marker for MG 15 and MG 14, Stamped machined bronze, 4 in x 2 1/2 in each

Photos of Construction Ruins with Ink, gouache and stickers

Castillo De Esperanza I, Ink and gouache on Ink Jet Print

At Least We Have Our Health, Gouache, shirt sleeve and sticker on Ink Jet Print

Castillo De Esperanza III, Ink and gouache on Ink Jet Print

Castillo De Esperanza II, Ink and gouache on Ink Jet Print, Shelf, Sushi Tray, Brass Rod, Grape Stems

Raw, Ruined and Open, Ink and gouache on Ink Jet Print

TK, Ink Jet Print, 7in x 7in