São Paulo

Paul Ramírez Jonas, The Commons, 2010, wood, cork, mixed media, 11' 1 3/4“ x 8' 1” x 2' 6".

Paul Ramírez Jonas

Pinacoteca do Estado / Estação Pinacoteca

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Presented in the Octagon project space at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, The Commons, 2010, is further example of Paul Ramírez Jonas’s investigations of art’s social contingency. Foregrounding the different ways in which art becomes public as it enters various zones of social contact, Ramírez Jonas typically deploys objects, sculptural installations, and “public works” to explore agency and meaning. For the 2005 “inSite_05” exhibition in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico, for instance, the artist produced a situational, research-based project, Mi Casa, Su Casa (My House, Your House), which took the form of public talks on the social, spatial, and political frictions of the contested Mexico-US border—focusing on the real and symbolic function of keys, locks, and doors. Audience members were invited to provide a copy of their own house key in exchange for a key designed by

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