October 10 - November 11, 2019
Up and Down Sube y Baja, Exploring the Social and Political Landscape
Fundación Casa Europa | San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
In Casa Europa México’s art exhibit, Sube y Baja/Up and Down, two local artist explore the concept of the see-saw nature of political, social, economic, and cultural issues occurring on both sides of the border today.
The work by artists Debra Thomson and Juan Carlos Cazeres tackles the current chaos in our world by challenging the viewer to examine their own preconceived ideas and beliefs on a variety of prevailing issues, including personal health and nutrition, self-empowerment, shared borders, and immigration.
Thompson is an accomplished conceptual assemblage artist who uses found and manufactured objets superimposed on the template of the American flag. These objects are recognizable symbols whose meanings change when combined in a single form. the end result is bold, instructive, and often disconcerting.
Thompson’s conceptual art invites the viewer to actively participate in dialogue with each piece by interpreting the juxtaposition of meticulous details with her overall massage. her work is meant to be thought-provoking and uncomfortable, but her voice is not combative. Rather, she encourages us to reconsider our assumptions and perhaps walk away with a new understanding of our shared reality and a heightened empathy for one another.