“Mundano Sagrado” on display at the National Gallery
From the print edition
Kindred spirits and longtime friends Jenny Kozlov and Michael Sims took a visionary trip to India together. Then they returned to Costa Rica, where the two artists have been residents for decades, inspired by a heightened awareness of how art and mystic wisdom can be found in everyday life.
Their current combined exhibition, “Mundano Sagrado,” at the National Gallery in San José, celebrates the sacredness of the
mundane, via two different but complementary mediums. Kozlov’s starting point is viewing “daily life as a spectacle for the soul.”
Her large, luminous photo collages on canvas begin with photos of people in India performing simple, daily rituals – bathing in the river, carrying jugs of water. She then combines elements of the photos with details of temple carvings and flowering vines, creating intricate visual patterns. Sims takes a more material approach, scavenging thrown-away objects and transforming them into “post-modern reliquaries.”
Hoping to promote tolerance among religions via art created from recycled artifacts, Sims lightens the message with touches of irreverence. Among the intriguing talismans she has skillfully fashioned out of “objects found and intervened with,” is an instantly recognizable Costa Rican icon: a discarded store sign, featuring the Bimbo doughboy, transformed into a visual Buddha mantra.
The exhibition occupies two rooms of the National Gallery.
You may be interested
The planet loses 40 soccer fields worth of forests every minuteMichelle Soto / Latin Clima - March 24, 2019
In just 10 years the planet has lost 945,345 km2 of natural forests, a little over the total size of…
Slothy Sunday: The death gripThe Tico Times - March 24, 2019
With their long claws and strong muscles, sloths have a powerful grip. Their bodies are so conditioned to hanging from…
Costa Rica issues invitation to Commission on Human Rights following murder of Bribrí leaderAFP and The Tico Times - March 23, 2019
Costa Rica on Friday invited the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to visit indigenous territories in the country’s southern…