DANIELA ELBAHARA     ( Huichapan 1–1, Hipódromo, 06100, CDMX — Tuesday to Friday, 12-6 P.M. – Press / appointments: danielaelbahara@gmail.com, IG:@danielaelbahara )

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Jonay P. Matos
September 28 to October 31, 2019
According to
Me: ¿Who cares about an original?
According to
Tony: Kill lies all.

“In spite of appearances to the contrary, men lose affection for paintings, sculptures and poetry. Human beings have now set their hearts on completely different things: machines, scientific discoveries, wealth, mastery of natural forces and extensions of the earth. They no longer feel art as a vital and spiritual necessity, as it happened in the past centuries. Many of them continue to act as artists and make art, but they do it for reasons that have little to do with true art, they do it under the spirit of imitation, because of tradition, by inertia, a love to show off, as a luxury, because of intellectual curiosity, to follow a fashion or by calculation.”

Fragment of the book  “A Visit to Picasso” (Or About The Ened of Art)”. The Black Book. Giovanni Papini. 1959.

Perhaps Giovanni Papini was not mistaken when putting voice to Picasso, he said that in the future the heart of the people would be in other things such as machines, scientific discoveries, wealth, mastery of natural forces and extensions of the earth, and before this the artists would only have two outputs: have fun and earn money.

The internet (specifically, social networks) is the starting point for this project and the gallery space is the large canvas where works of different nature coexist and become part of a whole. A scenography, where no element is individual or original if it does not belong to the set, to a theatrical imaginary, where the artist conceives a kind of idea of himself and lets the viewer project his own idea of what he is seeing, without questioning the depth of that reality but by deepening the idea of perception that we have of ourselves through the social networks (and the ideas others have about us).

So, according to Tony: Kill lies there.

Phrase that graffiti artist Tony Shafrazi made about Guernica in New York, 1974.

Jonay PMatos' work mixes processes that are established between the artisanal and the digital. During this month of September 2019 Jonay PMatos has used the space at Daniela Elbahara, as a canvas where creation, play and fun come together. On an individual basis or in collaboration with other artists PMatos has created various works that are also documented with photo and video.

On Friday, September 28, 2019 the imaginary of this artist will be presented in this space that questions the psychological aspect of the value of the image with which we project, often carefully studied and protected behind the screen, a lie that kills the original.

Aníbal Catalán and Alejandro Almanza Pereda
May 30 to August 29, 2019
This expo shows two artist friends who met just after leaving the arts school. Both Aníbal Catalan and Alejandro Almanza, had tried to be architects before becoming professional artists and living off their work. For a while, they even shared studio.

Anibal’s work is visibly architectural. His previous strokes in Autocad are embellished by precise interventions made with materials such as acrylic, spray, and even oil. Anibal´s sculptures demonstrate his ability to lay out a non-existent and futuristic world very similar to that of the paintings and drawings of Lissitzky, Malevich and Russian suprematist architects.

Alejandro's work is an organized disorder. It is a shock that breaks the monotony, and draws attention for its rarity. Almanza generates poetic compositions by reorganizing found objects and building material. That is the architectural reflection that he gives to his pieces. The results always stand out.

Both have exhibited and belong to the best collections in Mexico (Museum of Modern Art, Jumex Collection, Carrillo Gil Collection, etc.) as well as have won national and international awards (National System of Creators of FONCA, Krasner-Pollock).

With Sean Barton, Conrad Carlson, Andrew Chapman, Matt Clark, Ira Coyne, Gailon Justus, Steve Kirkland, Chris Lux, Ajene Moss, Panda Sex, Primo Pitino, John Radtke, Willy Reed, Jim Ricks, Richard Soriano, Luke Stickney, and Thor
May 8 to 25, 2019
For this exhibition, The Play Show, artist and curator Jim Ricks brings together the notorious KIL graffiti crew, which originated in San Francisco, CA in the late 90's, to highlight the attitude and method of experimentation for which they have always been known – usually painting styles years ahead of their time. Keep It Lit, Kids In Limbo, Krylon Inspired Letters, Kissing Irish Ladies, Kings In Limousines, Krush It Lucidly... These are vandals and degenerates that have turned from the hard life. A group of survivors and experimenters, challengers, and disruptors.

Unlike most 'graffiti shows' this one is a little smarter. This particular group has stood out from day one as a group of highly experimental and risk taking artists. By showcasing this crew we are able to see artists that have transitioned into the art world with the same methodology that made them stand out on the streets.

The theme of play provides a connection between all of the artists – in various stages of their careers – and and emphasizes an approach to experimentation and an attitude that disregds conformity and breaks down the barriers of convention – the starting point for the crew in 1998. Sean Barton has created weed 'roach' incense as he reconciles his early memories in an installation. Jim Ricks shows new work featuring a 'former homie', Willy Reed constructions self reflexive sculptural 'paintings' that push and dangle in all directions, Primo Pitino underscores his role in the SF queer DJ and rave scene, and a number of other new works including work by Chris Lux, Andrew Chapman, Panda Sex, Ira Coyne, and more.