By Ellen Zoe Golden Photo courtesy: Photo courtesy of Tamarindo Art Foundation
The Tamarindo Art Wave, the town’s major art festival, will now take place January 25 to 27 instead of the late-November dates previously announced. According to co-curator Emmanuel Javogue, the organizing body, Tamarindo Art Foundation, made the decision to move the dates in reference to the fact that many people and businesses were affected by Tropical Storm Nate, and have other priorities at the current time.
However, Javogue and the other co-curator Gaby Alvarez have remained at work securing artists and activities for the three-day Tamarindo-wide event.
The first major change from the 2016 Tamarindo Art Wave will be the erection of a large tent, based on the Art Basil-style featured at that popular event in Miami, Florida.
“The tent will be more professional and more museum-like,” he said of the 24 x 12 meter facility that will stand in the parking lot of the ABC Real Estate offices. “This structure will permit us to have larger paintings and sculptures.”
The curators expect that 90 percent of the featured artists in the tent and at the businesses around Tamarindo will be present this year. But, the main goal will be to have participants at the event interact with artists, an aspect of 2016 that was very successful.
Another tent, to be located in the soccer field across from Witch’s Rock Surf Camp will present more experimental video art installations, which will be “more theatrical than looking at a painting,” Javogue said.
A highlight of the 2017 Tamarindo Art Wave will be the hanging of a Damien Hirst fresco mural called Five Blacks lent by a private collector. The 7.5 x 9 meter dot painting, created by the artist in 1993, will hang from Pacific Park condominiums. The Englishman Hirst, whose work is usually worth millions, has sold the festival the rights for participants to recreate the painting with his own step-by-step instructions provide beforehand. www.damienhirst.com/five-blacks
Another who will be represented via his work during these three days is LeekyungHo, a well-known video and installation artist from Korea www.leekyungho.com
While Hirst and LeekyungHo will not attend in person, artists who will be in Tamarindo include:
Victoire Cathalan, Swiss painter www.victoirecathalan.com
Aimee Joaristi, Tica artist, painter and multimedia artist aimeejoaristiarte.com
On Saturday night of the event, there will be performances from 7 to 11 p.m. This will include music and dancing, like last year, but this year there will be a new component. An artist will create a 3D painting, using Google virtual reality glasses. “This is definitely a first in Costa Rica,” said Javogue.
“This year, we are definitely getting some things unheard of here,” he concluded. “Tamarindo Art Wave will be a mix of traditional art and the new techniques that are now being used and will be used in the future. A 15-year-old isn’t used to looking at a painting, he’s used to looking at a screen. We are all witnessing a shift in the art world.”