I have launched a new project.
I am curating an on-line research archive that preserves, documents, and interprets the work of artist Enrique Martínez Celaya and its critical reception. The site offers an intellectual framework for understanding the development of his work, which includes a biographical chronology, exhibition and project history, archival images, and a journal.
The journal is the heart of the archive. It will provide ongoing critical analysis and commentary on all aspects of Martínez Celaya's artistic practice, aspects which are not bound to the constraints of exhibitions and publications. It will research the intentions, study the influences, and explore the implications of his new projects in addition to the work he has produced throughout his twenty-year career as an artist and writer.
The virtue of the journal is its flexibility. Blending the velocity of a blog post, the focus of a review, and the depth of a scholarly essay, the commentary will be able to respond more efficiently to the multiple dimensions of Martínez Celaya's work, which often defies categorization and frustrates more conventional forms of scholarship. Its goal is to stimulate further reflection on an artist's work that requires multiple critical and curatorial perspectives.
My writing at MARTINEZCELAYA.ORG is intended to enhance the experience and deepen the understanding of Martínez Celaya's work for curators, critics, and students that follow it. My writing at this site, however, will offer, among other things, more specific reflection on his work for those that follow the theological, philosophical, and religious implications of artistic practice. There will no doubt be significant and fruitful intersections, which will bring followers of Martínez Celaya's work and readers of this blog together.
And that is when things will get interesting.