April 06, 2009
The Tlatelpas´s artwork presented here its a mixture of Japanese sumi-e, acrylics and Native art teks and concepts, showing an interpretation of the links between Siberian-Ainu culture and the American cultures, from the Inuit to the Northwest Native cultures up to Mexico. Many of the mask artwork were drafts for woodcarvings. Later we will display some of the woodcarvings made.
The collections presented here was made for the Abibiart gallery, a virtual gallery project, and it also was shown in several art galleries in Canada. The Abibiart gallery was an idea by José Tlatelpas and Caro Irigoyen back in 1996 in Vancouver, BC. It became part of the Tellito.net project. The gallery presented original artwork and photography from several artists, among them Caro Irigoyen (photographer), José Hernández Delgadillo (muralist), Shinobu Tobita (visual artist and ceramist), Noboru Yurugui (visual artist), Mario Ramírez Centeno (muralist), Jorge Infante Correa (visual artist and photographer), Francisco Segura (photographer), Miguel Ángel Gamboa (visual artist and photographer), Alfredo Meneses (visual artist), Melecio Galván (visual artist), Melitón Tapia (photographer) and others.
"Abibi" means "friend" or "lover" and it was a word used in the love poetry at the beginings of the Spanish language, it is an Arabic word. We named the gallery to remember those beautiful poems of friendship as a chance to share the artwork between the artists and the public.