Melissa Smedley & Nanette Yannuzzi Macias
Artists Nanette Yannuzzi Macias and Melissa Smedley collaborated on a two-part installation at El Sótano (an abandoned mop factory) in Tijuana and the San Diego Natural History Museum. Entitled Animal Vegetable Mineral: Comidas para los sombreros, the artists explained the installations as explorations of the rituals of communication. At El Sótano, the work consisted of a multitude of materials from a cotton loom, gourds, candles, and buckets, to a deerskin, birdcage, and eucalyptus tree stump, suggesting, according to the artists, a laboratory space that referenced the machine and ritual. The installation at the Natural History Museum acted as a response to this magical machine and incorporated video elements situating the materials in dialogues that suggested not yet considered relationships.
Curators: Gary Ghirardi and Mark Quint
Organizers: El Sótano and San Diego Natural History Museum
Venues: El Sótano, Tijuana, and San Diego Natural History Museum
Additional project sponsors
Steve Atlas; Artifax; Larry Baza; Wayne Buss; Kacey Cooney; Hugh Davies; Elizabeth Sidamon-Erinstoff; Robert Ginder; Adolfo Guzman; Victor Molina; Steve Moore (Wonderama); Randy Robbins; Michael Schnorr; Mark Schweitzer; Craig Siegan; Ernest Silva; Hope Sinatra; Berne Smith; Ellen Speert; Margaret Porter Troupe; Joan Warren (Annex Gallery); Sally Yard.