All of Mexico is exited to welcome the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th. Media outlets are sharing the best places to see it and the methods to do so safely. But among the frenzy, Galería OMR took the lead back in February when it opened Eduardo Sarabia’s solo show Four Minutes of Darkness. On view through April 13th, the Mexican artist’s comprehensive show is the second of a trilogy dedicated to eclipses, and as the gallery team explains, it “has been conceived to honour desire, imagination, the possibilities of the universe and that which emerges in the shadows – another type of light that shows us other ways of being in the world.”
Eclipses have marvelled humankind since the dawn of time. And even though we live in a day an age where science can easily explain the astronomical phenomenon plain and simple, we must not forget that we live in the day and age of Co-star, birth charts, and Mercury going retrograde every few weeks being more relevant than the Academy awards. Hence, a purely physical event still retains its magic. And artists, of course, connect to that as well.
For his second exhibition dedicated to eclipses, Eduardo Sarabia presents over thirty different pieces in Mexico City’s Galería OMR, spanning ceramics, paintings, sculptures, tapestry, and even an architectural structure reminiscent of a chapel – colourful stainglass included. He’s also intervened the gallery by painting its walls and covering them with lush flora and fauna illustrations. Esoteric and alchemical symbols like hands, crows, snakes, and stars live side by side with beautifully decorated vases and cardboard boxes, creating a contrasting yet coherent and highly vivid setting.
For the third and last chapter of this trilogy, Sarabia has opened another exhibition just this weekend, also in Mexico. More especially, in his birthplace, the state of Sinaloa. Following an ambitious restoration project realised in collaboration with the local baseball team, Los Venados, the exhibition Eclipse is on view at the Museo de Arte de Mazatlán, a city where the solar eclipse will be seen in its totality.