SMU’S Pollock Gallery presents "Libro MAOF/MAOF Book" opening reception
The Pollock Gallery of the Division of Art at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will present "Libro MAOF/MAOF Book," an exhibition featuring a new book by Ramiro Chaves detailing the work of Puerto Rican artist collective MAOF.
Since 2014 MAOF (Materiales y Oficios, or materials and crafts) has been working to improve management of waste in Puerto Rico, particularly organic waste. MAOF focuses specifically on salvaging fallen trees and other organic materials to explore the historical and everyday uses of wood. Because most goods in the island are imported from the continental U.S., local materials for use by artists and craftsmen are often overlooked. MAOF’s practice is rooted in traditional and often-forgotten, native uses and knowledge of local materials, construction techniques and methods of working with certain tropical woods. Their goal is to make material for design and art projects and create a local woodworking culture that is both sustainable and economically feasible.
Chaves, a Mexico City-based artist, has been documenting MAOF’s work since its inception. His book will include photos, texts, drawings, diagrams and more tracing MAOF’s collaborative efforts in Puerto Rico. Contributing writers include Pablo Guardiola, Michael Linares, Ulrik Lopez, Michy Marxuach, Ramon Miranda Beltran, Ernesto Oroza, Tony Cruz Pabón and Beatriz Muñoz Santiago. The exhibit is produced by Sofia Bastidas, Pollock Gallery curatorial fellow.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through December 4.