Last Wednesday August 10, 2011 Trailer Park Proyects moved for the first time out of the metropolitan area and drove down to the city of Ponce to visit El Museo de Arte de Ponce and collector Rolando Jimenez who is also the owner of Puerto Rico Fine Arts Gallery and sponsors of Trailer Park Proyects.
Although it was a slow and hot journey and with no radio or A/C unit on the Truck, artist Rito Cordero and myself managed to have a great time on our way there passing time singing accapella out loud and talking art all the way. We took photos and video of our beautiful Island that you will be able to see more of on our Facebook page. Please feel free visit the FB page and give it a like.
When arriving as a surprise to El Museo de Arte de Ponce which has been completely renovated and is looking absolutely stunning from the outside and has a new sculpture of Roy Lichtenstein on the front entrance garden which gives the Museum a fresh look.
I went in and asked for the cheif curator Cheryl Hartup to meet us down there so she could see the project. She was in the middle of a meeting and we had to wait a while but knowing we came from San Juan to show this project to the people and the Museum employees, she came down to greet us as soon as she finished that meeting. We are very happy and grateful she could see us on no-notice and without an appointment. Mrs. Hartup came to see the project with assistant curator Arlette de la Serna and exhibitions coordinator Rachel Mohl.
They were very surprised by the visit and were very excited about the project. We are trying to work out some apperaences of Trailer Park Proyects at some of the upcomming exhibitions the Museum in the near future and we are looking forward to it. Remember one of our missons is to show young art to everyone and we know if the scene supports each other we will grow together and help the scene become stronger.
Some people that were visiting the Museum came on board to see the exhibition. It was a real treat to see people who would not usually go to an exhibitions to come in and enjoy it and ask about the artist and his career.
Afterwards we visited collector Rolando Jimenez at his home and he greeted us with pizza and a tour of his house and his great collection which is rapidly growing and becoming rock solid with works of young artists like Allora & Calzadilla, Jose Lerma, Angel Otero, Joseu Pellot, Osvaldo Budet, Melvin Martinez, Jason Mena, Dzine, Nelson Figueroa, Aby Ruiz, Admin Torre, Jonathan Torres, Sebastian Vallejo, Michael Linares, Jose Ortiz, Fabian Detres, Patrick McGrath, Juni Figueroa, Rogelio Baez, La Pandilla, Brain Rivera, Fernando Pintado, Bobby Cruz, Ivan Girona, Ismo, Pun 18 and Myritza Castillo among others. This is becoming one of the best collections of art in Puero Rico. Besides young artisd and old Puertorican masters Dr. Jimenez also has international artists like Chris Ofili, Julie Heffernan, Sarah Crowner, Jeremy Coulliard, Antonia Gurkovska, Njideka Akunyili and a whole lot of young promising artists already making an impact in the major auction houses in the USA.
After our visit to Dr. Jimenez, we dropped by artists Nelson Figueroa's studio for a quick visit and showed him the exhibition and then we loaded everything up and headed back to San Juan. We had a small mechanical problem pn our way back which pushed pur arriving time back an hour. We got stranded in Caguas at a gas station but after we let the Ttuck rest he finished up the job and got us back home safely... at 11:00 pm
Enjoy the photos and thanks for the on going support.