Miguel Angel Ortíz Bonilla: Permanence and Time

Permanence and Time is a series that talks about the flow of ideas, and perhaps of moods. Of the natural environment -the desert – and its presence in the identity and processes of change.  Here is the genealogy of the series.  It is not concluded, in fact, I have delved back into it a short time ago.

The series Time and permanence is an approach to the semi-desert landscape,

It is to build an environment to reflect on the culture of our moment, the transformed nature, and the architectural symbols in the middle of the landscape.

Miguel Angel Ortiz Bonilla. Permanence and Time 10.
Acrylic on canvas. 110 x 170cm
2019

It is a game between what we perceive through contemporary culture and its phenomena and what nature can be.
The work started in Tijuana in 2001 and now continues in Mexico City and Zacatecas.

Miguel Angel Ortiz Bonilla Permanence & Time 2
Oil & Acrylico on canvas 110 x 170cm.
2001-03

“I like the stars. It’s the illusion of permanence, I think. I mean, they’re always flaring up and caving in and going out. But from here, I can pretend…I can pretend that things last. I can pretend that lives last longer than moments. Gods come, and gods go. Mortals flicker and flash and fade. Worlds don’t last; and stars and galaxies are transient, fleeting things that twinkle like fireflies and vanish into cold and dust. But I can pretend…” 

Neil Gaiman, Brief Lives  
Permanence and Time, from the past few years. Nodes.
Oil on canvas. 61 x 46cm
2017
 

What are nodes as Miguel titles the above painting? They are a point at which lines or pathways intersect or branch; a central or connecting point. In botany, the part of a plant stem from which one or more leaves emerge, often forming a slight swelling or knob

Miguel Angel Ortíz Bonilla. Permanence and Time 11.
Acrylic on canvas 91 x 73cm.
2018
Miguel Angel Ortíz Bonilla. Permanence and Time 6.
Oil on canvas 110 x 170cm
2018

The heads have several senses but usually they are the presence of the historical – they are visual references to periods of the history of the culture.

The heads that appear are part pre-Hispanic tradition. Like the Olmecs.

Never beheaded. Maybe emerging. Like medieval bafomets. Maybe ghosts? A boy watching on the edge of the mesa.

Miguel Angel Ortíz Bonilla Permanence and Time 9.
Acrylic on canvas 110 x 170cm
2019
Miguel Angel Ortíz Bonilla. Permanence and Time 4.
Oil on canvas 110 x 170cm
2018

 They are observer of events, a spirit of space, the numen of the place. 

Miguel Angel Ortiz Bonilla. Permanence and Time 8.
Acrylic on canvas. 110x170cm
2019

What is permanent. The cosmic stone.

What always changes our worldview. natural cycles

It is a game between what we perceive through contemporary culture and its phenomena and what nature can be.

Miguel Angel Ortíz Bonilla. Permanence and Time 5.
Óleo sobre tela 110 x 170cm
2018
Miguel Angel Ortiz Bonilla. Permanence and Time 3.
Acrílico sobre tela. 112 x 122 cm.
2018

Territory / Identity / Body

Body / Nature

Head / Consciousness / Mind

Arquitecture / Rationality

Palm – Joshua Tree, maguey , the place. The great deserts of North America.

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Michel Mendoza, Dancer & Choreographer

     

San Luis Potosí hangin in the centro

FRONTERAS a musical

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Ignacio Sotolongo Rosell of Zacatecas (b. Havana, Cuba) created a new musical with his dancers this spring 2016.  I asked him about the process:

fronteras poster

What is FRONTERAS?

FRONTERAS is a musical  – song and dance piece- with a serious theme – the migrant in today´s world.  This is a work from Italy that I adapted to deal with our reality here in México.  It is composed of dance, music, singing, theatre.  I mounted and choreographed the piece.

Why a musical?

I worked in musicals for 13 years.  The work of musical theatre is very interesting and complex for a classical dancer.  Its not that difficult, its a question of rehearsing singing and theatre techniques.

When is Fronteras being presented?

The last large scale presentation was during the Festival de Teatro de Calle de Zacatecas at the end of October 2016.  During 2017 we will be touring throughout the state of Zacatecas, which is a great experience for the young performers.  Its an opportunity to feel the difference between various audiences, and to maintain a professional level in stressful circumstances, many times inadequate stages and rapid adjustments.   That is the nature of live performance.

Art strolling at the MUSA

DSC_0233DSC_0238  DSC_0246DSC_0245 DSC_0253 DSC_0269 DSC_0270 DSC_0278 DSC_0280 DSC_0281 DSC_0282 DSC_0236DSC_0297 My friend Frankie/Francisco & I attended the hugely popular “Night at the MUSA” with a chamber music program of modernists Satie, Stravinsky and more accompanying the Mexique-Francais modern show.  The show was interesting as it paired similar tendancies in painters during the early to mid 20th century.  It was so crowded & we had both seen the show before so we ended up fotostalking other viewers…