El Status 
febrero 2011
Talleres abiertos - Open Studios
 Por Lisa Ladner

Call for artists

If you have your studio in Puerta de Tierra or know of artists who do, please write to info@el-status.com!

It doesn't matter if it's big or small, professional or "home style". The important thing is, that guests can see your work and feel the space, in which you conceive or create it.

Let us know, which weekends between July 22 and August 14, 2011 suit you:
[ ] July 22-24
[ ] July 29-31
[ ] August 5-7
[ ] August 12-14

During which time slots would you like to receive visitors:

[ ] 2-6 p.m.
[ ] 6-10 p.m.

[ ] 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
[ ] 2-6 p.m.
[ ] 6-10 p.m.

[ ] 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
[ ] 2-6 p.m.

Make sure your listing in the el-status.com database is up-to-date (requirement). In addition we'll need your exact studio address and a phone number that can be published on the Talleres abiertos program.

Ask your friends to bring you food, to keep you company, to help you at the door, to play some music or just reserve the hours to work on your art and enjoy the moments where you'll be interrupted by a visitor.

All participating artists will be listed with directions and phone numbers and can profit from the promotion for the whole Talleres abiertos event, organized by El Status, the organization that brought you El Pulguero de los Artistas, the Feria de Arte Sonoro and the artists database and web platform el-status.com.


Project idea:

During a long weekend all the artists in a defined area of San Juan open their studios to the public. They are free to show and sell their work and offer a welcome drink to their visitors.

We would like to start with Puerta de Tierra in Summer 2011, Old San Juan's largest sector, home to more than 4,000 people - once there were 13,000! -, many government buildings, some hotels, restaurants, bars, public housing projects and expensive sea view apartments.

Puerta de Tierra has become a highly speculative ground for developers due to its unique location on the "Isleta de San Juan" which is connected to the mainland through three bridges and three main avenues (Ave. Fernandez Juncos, Ave. de la Constitucion/Ponce de Leon and Ave. Muñoz Rivera). In times of political protests or during Old San Juan events, these avenues are infamous for offering the island's worst traffic jams.

But Puerta de Tierra is also known for its parks and for "El Escambron", or "La Ocho", as locals refer to their public beach, which is frequented by residents and tourists alike. And of course for "El Hamburguer", an informal eating place and landmark for more than 40 years.

Before moving to its current location at El Morro in the sector Ballaja, San Juan's School of Plastic Arts was located in Puerta de Tierra, where the Archivo Nacional is hosted now. Famous artists such as Rafael Tufiño and Lorenzo Homar used to teach in the old art school. Puerta de Tierra was also the home of Antonio "Tony" Maldonado who moved here in 1936 and instructed artists like Antonio Martorell in his workshop. Lorenzo Homar and Carlos Raquel Rivera also had their workshops in Puerta de Tierra.

And today? Graffitis decorate the many abandoned buildings, The owner of the "Alquimista" bar on San Agustin Street displays prints and paintings in the street, young and mid-career artists such as Jesus "Bubu" Negron, Joel "Yoyo" Rodriguez, Radamés "Juni" Figueroa Jr., Alana Iturralde and Melissa Álvarez Xiloj found affordable flats here, renowed artists and cultural producers such as Carmelo Sobrino and NY based Papo Colo made this sector theirs and last but not least, also El Status established its headquarters here.

If we find enough artists in Puerta de Tierra, the "Tallers abiertos" events will consist of guided tours through Puerta de Tierra with stops at the studios, as well as the possibility to visit the studios without taking a tour. Come back in early summer to see, how/if the project develops!

El Status - www.el-status.com