The Robert Langen Art Gallery presents a unique collaborative mixed media exhibition at the Wilfrid Laurier University Library, “Z’otz* Collective: Thinking Like the Rain.”
The Z’otz* Collective includes artists Nahúm Flores (Honduras), Erik Jerezano (Mexico) and Ilyana Martínez (Mexico/Canada). The group produces art that incorporates drawings, ceramic sculptures, and site-specific installations, but their direct medium of expression is drawing, a unique and playful art that touches on themes of migration, transformation, and regeneration. image can be produced. Each artist works on different pieces at the same time, then swaps them out and reacts creatively to each other’s work.
On “Thinking Like the Rain,” the Z’otz* Collective collaborates with members of the Laurier School of Music to perform as an artist’s work. Site-specific installations created in the gallery reflect the inspiration and guidance provided by musicians and their instruments. Community members are encouraged to visit the Robert Langen Art Gallery to experience the collaboration during his next active drawing performance.
- Monday, January 16, 12:30pm to 1:30pm — featuring Debussy Trio and Ether String Quintet
- Tuesday, January 17, 3-4pm — Featuring ANIMA (Mouth Minstrels & Soft Minstrels)
- Wednesday, January 18, 7:30-8:30 p.m. — Featuring Lydia Ray and Michelle Yang with Guzheng
- Thursday, January 19, 12:30pm to 1:30pm — Featuring the Penderecki String Quartet
“The name of the Z’otz* Collective comes from the Mayan word for bat. This is important because bats represent dreams and intuition in the Mesoamerican world,” says Robert Langen Art Gallery. says university art curator Suzanne Luke. “Z’otz*’s work is a hybrid entity and symbol that transitions between individual and collective dynamics, connecting to the storytelling tradition of its roots. We are thrilled to bring them to Laurier for the collaboration.”
The three artists from the Z’otz* Collective have collaborated both inside and outside of Canada, participating in residencies in Croatia and Serbia. Last year, Toronto’s Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art invited the group to a residency. In 2018, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts commissioned her Z’otz* to produce a series of ceramic sculptures for its permanent collection.
Z’otz* Collective: Thinking Like the Rain runs Monday, January 9th through Sunday, April 9th at the Robert Langen Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, January 18 from 7-9 PM. Admission is free, Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm and weekends from 11am to 5pm. Z’otz* Collective: Thinking Like the Rain was produced with the support of the Arts Council of Canada and the Arts Council of Ontario.