John Mack, “Tijuana, Baja, California”
In his first exhibition at the Robert Mann Gallery, John Mack provides the viewer his acute observations from his Mexico travels.
In this land of extremes, Mack’s photographs assess the legacy of indigenous, mestizo and Spanish cultural heritages and identities. An urban view foregrounds a centuries-old colonial church, flanked by International Style high rises. While such subjects point to the network of global economies and information that modern Mexico is a part of, elsewhere Mack’s lens focuses on the particularly local context, seemingly unaffected by the wider world. The ongoing importance of religion is conspicuous, manifest in the many icons of the Virgin of Guadalupe and the appreciation for devotional ceremonies. Such images are constructively opposed to the economic importance of an ongoing tourist presence or the enduring archeological sites of the Toltec, Aztec and Mayas. A striking image of a makeshift basketball hoop in front of a dilapidated church, a wispy cloud floating by, seems to speak of earthly immanence, spiritual transcendence and spectral ephemerality as modes of being which we as humans must somehow strive to negotiate.
Now through July 1
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