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Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Art in focus: ‘Conversacion’


Eyes — open and closed — are the focal point of Muriel Hasbun’s photograph. (Muriel Hasbun)
For an entire year, photographers Muriel Hasbun and Pablo Ortiz Monasterio entertained and challenged themselves — and each other — by e-mailing a series of photographs back and forth. Out of that spontaneous visual dialogue between the Washington-based Hasbun and the Mexico City-based Ortiz has come “Conversacion,” an exhibition of 48 photos — 24 by Hasbun, and 24 by Monasterio — at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Shown in chronological order, the images reveal two artists at their playful best. But the lively and intriguing show is more than fun and games. It also sheds light on how artists’ minds work, and how we, as viewers, construct meaning out of seemingly meaningless clues. Read my review of the show, and check out more images from the show.


Here, Monasterio riffs on the eyes in the previous photo by Hasbun. (Pablo Ortiz Monasterio)


Hasbun answers Monasterio’s picture of multiple eyes with one of her own, representing the all-seeing nature of God. (Muriel Hasbun)


Jeepers creepers! This photo of a face made from found objects features another set of unsettling peepers. (Pablo Ortiz Monasterio)


Hasbun switches gears here, picking up on the circle shape from Monasterio’s photo. (Muriel Hasbun)


A tire forms a circular picture frame around a patch of sky and mountains. (Pablo Ortiz Monasterio)


The blue sky and clouds that we glimpsed in the previous photo fill Hasbun’s frame here. (Muriel Hasbun)


A bit of blue paint on the figure of an angel echoes the sky in Hasbun’s photo. There’s also a reprise of the theme of eyes. (Pablo Ortiz Monasterio)


Hasbun brings the visual dialogue full circle, with her image of a spooky baby doll. (Muriel Hasbun)

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