FOUNDING FICTIONS: GEORGE SÁNCHEZ-CALDERÓN’S “PAX AMERICANA”

This grand experiment of a country is always churning out results, one way or another. On November 6, 2012 Mrs. Palermo’s 5th grade classroom at Shadowlawn Elementary – an elementary school in Little Haiti – was filled with adults sitting cramped at tiny tables and talking excitedly as they bubbled-in ballots. A small American flag was hanging forlornly in the corner over a whiteboard upon which a science definition for young minds was jotted with a hasty impatience: “Energy is the ability to cause change or do work.”

A few weeks before the election, George Sánchez-Calderón unveiled his work for the Unscriptedseries, a public arts project by the seaside Bal Harbour community. Curated by Claire Breukel, an independent curator from South Africa and former executive director of Locust Projects here in Miami, Unscripted is meant to provide South Floridian artists with a platform for engaging the public and draw attention to Bal Harbour as a “creative destination.” George Sánchez-Calderón was the first recipient of the commission and for it he created two works. The works are collectively titled “Pax Americana” and were placed adjacent to the Bal Harbour Shops, a luxury mall containing some of the most expensively priced retail stores in the country.  Together, the two large artworks stand at the busy intersection of Collins and 97th street, as well as at the figurative junction of history – both local and national – memory, and genre.

[Published on January 19, 2013 on Artlurker. Read the rest here.]

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