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Luminaria 2013 at Instituto Cultural de Mexico

Photo: Bryan Rindfuss, License: N/A

Bryan Rindfuss

Close-up of Cathy Cunningham-Little’s light-refracting sculpture


Near the exit (or other gallery entrance, if you choose to enter through the near passage) is an eight-foot tall three-sided pyramid by SA artist Jonathan Sims. Vaguely sci-fi motifs — an interstellar language, perhaps — cover the object. One of the sides is missing; lines of small lights describe the plane instead, allowing one to see inside a smaller triangle, a pyramid within a pyramid. Whether due to prominent position, or easily read theatricality, it attracted a lot of attention during Luminaria, the festival, but now seems a bit lost in the quiet rooms. Perhaps it needs a curious crowd to thrive.

An installation by artist collective The Lullwood Group merits mention, though it’s no longer on view. In the now closed Frida Kahlo gallery in the rear of the Instituto, glowing balloons filled the floor, and lit weather balloons hung down. Projected colored light mixed with all, while the collective’s members, clad in white uniforms like demented lab techs, walked about the crowd with silver balloons (yes, that’s a Warhol reference) acting goofy, occasionally walloping each other with the bags of air. Huge fun. Please, do it again.

Luminaria 2013

Free
10am-6pm Tue-Fri 11am-6pm Sat 11am-5pm Sun
Instituto Cultural de México
600 Hemisfair Plaza Way
(210) 227-0123
icm.sre.bob.mex/culturalalmexsa
Through April 14

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