April 12-26 2008
Expectations were running high for this year's installment of Angora. But unlike last years' collective aggressiveness and disregard for the market, this new edition proved that the innocence got lost along the way.
Frances Gallardo was one of many artists visitors caught installing late. This disregard for professionalism and commitment is a factor that could be attributed to artist spreading themselves thin, participating in multiple exhibitions in, and outside of the fair, desperate seeking exposure.
Despite the tardiness, Gallardo showed skill and guts, coming out on top with her drawn- out fitting rooms resembling paper podiums for narcissistic politicians.
Quintin Rivera-Toro multi -channel video installation shows the artist reciting complaint letters sent to city hall. The work is noisy, like a preachy grandma, as the artist even sits on a rocking chair.
Of the few installations addressing the awkward spaces was W&N 's desk drowning in a pool of colorful plastic balls. Here the artists juxtaposed traditional educational systems with entertainment.
Consensus had it that the best installation of show was a product of chance, not art, as exemplified by the retro poster cooled off by industrial fans.
An intelligent statement by Nicole Rodriguez with an overblown receipt of Einstein's 1939 letter to FDR, (in association with Leo Szilard), justifying the need to experiment with nuclear power before Nazi Germany got a hold of it. Rodríguez successfully trivializes the historical document revealing the contradictions of moral values when life is not black and white but shades of gray.
Norma Vila recycled found daily time clock cards in a large installation that had the cards, flowing like water from a broken pipe, originating from a working sewing machine.
Site specific art can be problematic when it becomes "too" specific as shown by these prints/posters with its obvious critique of capitalism.