Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday 57 : Betsebee Romero















I'm continuing to showcase Art in Mexico City this week for my shadow shot, by profiling the work of Mexican artist Betsebee Romero. Born here in Mexico City, she has held over 40 individual exhibitions, and her work is in permanent collections all over the world. This piece was part of a recent exhibition "Lagrimas Negras" at Antiguo Museo San Ildefenso here in the city, which also displayed some beautiful work done with tyre tracks along the gallery floors. I like the shadows in sepia too...


















and the reflection of the work against the gorgeous colonial architecture of the gallery....















Romero is most well known for the innovative use of cars and tyres in very new and surprising ways. Her site specific installations and urban interventions criticise the "Car is King" culture - an attack which is highly relevant to Mexico City. Here are some shots from a 2009 exhibition which show cars buried in maize, being overtaken by the bicycle, covered in ceramic tiles and overgrown with greenery....




































Her work is both visually stimulating and thought provoking, and she makes a strong contribution to the rich contemporary art scene here in Mexico City. I am going to leave you with another of those beautiful patterned images...





















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23 comments:

Carolyn Ford said...

Amazing post and such incredible art. The shadows are so unique and intricate. Wow! Impressive!

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic as always, Catherine, and the shadows are indeed unique! I'm always impressed with your photos and shadow shots and today you've really captured some treasures! Marvelous pieces of art and terrific photos! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Cassie said...

Just gorgeous Shadow Shots. Is Betsebee R. on display all the time? If I ever get to Mexico City I'll have to do a tour of all the art galleries you've introduced us to. Happy SSS!

Ralph said...

The artist uses autos not as utilitarian devices, but as an artistic medium. Covered with items that seem of nature, the mix of organic and man-made makes for a unique view...

EG Wow said...

Her patterns are especially lovely and I like her use of colour. The Car is King work must be HUGE.

Greyscale Territory said...

A very creative artist with a powerful message for our throw away society! Unusual art creates unusual shadows! Really fascinating!

Fly Girl said...

I love the intricacy of this artist's work. Her mosaics are intriguing and so are those cars!

Hey Harriet said...

That art is awesome! Being a bicycle riding-public transport commuter I can really appreciate those pieces! Such exciting art in your part of the world!

函松 said...

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Sweet Repose said...

How fun was that exhibition...there's a lot of creative minds out there!!!

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

I love the artwork and shadows it creates. It is good to see what is going on in the Mexican Art World as you follow it.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Arty & impressive shot, Cath? ´luv ém all.

Happy SS Day.
/chie

A Cuban In London said...

Not only are the images beautiful but your review of her show is magnificent. I feel compelled to ask you, Catherine, if the name 'Lagrimas Negras' is a direct reference to the famous song, covered by so many Iberoamerican artists or just a coincidence. Many thanks for bringing us a piece of Mexican cultural life.

Greetings from London.

Christine said...

What beautiful and unique art, as well as lovely shadow shots. I love learning something new and this was quite an education. Thanks Catherine!

Jacqui said...

What great art and a wonderful perspective on SSS. xx

Diane AZ said...

Fun and creative exhibit! I like the art Romero makes with cars and tires.

Beverley Baird said...

Such fabulous artwork! and great shadows! Even the shadows are artistic!

Pagan Sphinx said...

What a wonderful post! Thank you for introducing me to Betsebee Romero. I'm always searching for new artists!

Catherine said...

Hey Cuban - that is a good question about the title of the exhibition - it occurred to me at the time that I didn't see the connection bewteen the work and title - i will try her website and see if I can find out any more..

Catherine said...

Hi everyone - thanks so much for all the appreciative comments this week...

Angie said...

Great shots, fasinating art. Thanks for your visit.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful art pieces and the shadows are wonderful finds.

Paula Scott said...

Most definitely an amazing post! I love those shadows and all the info you shared with us. My life is much richer as a result. Thank you!