After 6 years of being a residency on one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in Tulum, Alfonso Garrido, founder of Tulum Art Club and Residencia Gorila, has decided to spread his wings and take off as an experiential Residency, with projects throughout the Yucatan. Monica Canilao, Ektor Garcia, Elena Stonaker, and Xara Thurstra spent an entire month producing work in the Palapa on-site. But it was more than just a coming together of four strong contemporary artists. Throughout the month, there were challenging moments as these artists worked in the Caribbean climate, insects, strong energy as they built, painted, and crocheted, but also experienced ceremonies like temazcal, and reconnection with nature.
The goal by the end of one month was to produce paintings, a mural for the Villas Tulum Mural Project, create video, and take-over the gallery at TAC. On May 9th, CUATRO ESPIRITU had its opening reception. The usual gallery inventory was stored away, and the artists had free reign as they transformed the white walls into layers of colors, textures, visions, and memories of their time spent in the Yucatan. In the title of the pieces you might get a glimpse into what these artists saw, felt, smelled, ate, and dreamt. Like “Aguas Curativas” (Healing Waters) that may refer to their field-trip to Muyil, floating down channels that go through mangrove forest through Sian Ka'an, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The artists were guided through a series of healing and detoxifying experiences while also exploring on their own. The artists also got very close to the strong energy of Tulum, especially the jungle.
The final day of their stay was celebrated with a trip to Punta Laguna nature reserve, in which the TAC team and the artists experienced the power of the lagoon there together, and walked through the jungle to spot spider monkeys resting in giant trees. The night was ended with a dinner at Cezontle and many hugs good-bye after becoming family in a matter of weeks. Check out the catalogue of work produced during their stay at the residency....