Reinaldo ArenasÍ Mother, 1996, Jose Luis Cortes gouache on newsprint, 36x40

This month Joseph Akel curated The Pure Cut, featuring Jose Luis Cortes, David King, Joe De Hoyos, and Jason Deneault.

Akel says, "In an essay accompanying a catalogue on Michael Heizer, Germano Celant writes, '[t]o cut is to think, to cut is to sculpt (from the Greeksek, to cut), in the sense of intervening decisively into a given material.' While Celant refers specifically to Heizer's Earthworks, the physical act he speaks could apply equally to any artist. The mark of a pencil, the daub of paint, or the cut of the scissor, all become decisive total interventions that mark a surface, penetrating the form. Thus, the cut has a meaningful effect in that it lays bare the very stratifications and inner structures not only of the material itself, but of some deeperpneuma -- the result, a psychic palimpsest extracted from the physical plane." Read More.

Each month, Visual AIDS invites guest curators, drawn from both the arts and AIDS communities, to select several works from the Frank Moore Archive Project and Visual AIDS Artists Registry. View past Web Gallery here.

Jose Luis Cortes

David King

Joe De Hoyos