Sebastian at the EPMA

The  Mexican artist Sebastian is currently exhibiting at the El Paso Museum of Art, and I had been planning to go see his work for some time. The museum was also promoting an event called Spark Discussions. This is a new initiative in which docents are available to provide information about the artwork in the various exhibits around the gallery the second Saturday of every month. This past weekend I paid a visit to check out both events.

Elizabeth Summer is one such docent, and she very kindly gave me a personal tour of the European Exhibit paintings. Although an art enthusiast, I am also a novice when it comes to art history, so having her there to explain the intricacies and details of  some of the paintings was very enlightening. Who knew that George Washington hated posing for portraits? Unfortunately, she was only available for half an hour because she had another tour; nevertheless, I really enjoyed the guided visit, and am looking forward to doing it again next month.

I did not know much about Sebastian – whose real name is Enrique Carbajal – other than he is an artist whose most prominent works include the sculpture Cabeza de Caballo, or “Caballito” in Mexico City, and of course the Monumento a la Mexicanidad in Juarez, most commonly known to many of us as “la X”. I soon learned, though, that he is not just a sculptor but uses other art forms as well. Displayed around the hall are various creations that range from replicas of his sculptures to drawings, architectural models, and even silver jewelry.

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Although most of Sebastian’s work originates from scientific disciplines such as mathematical and geometrical compositions, he also displays sculptures that imitate organic constructions which happen in the natural world.

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New Person, Same Old Mistakes…

 

I can just hear them now
“How could you let us down?”
But they don’t know what I found
Or see it from this way around
Feeling it overtake
All that I used to hate
Wonder what if we trade
I tried but it’s way too late
All the signs I don’t read
Two sides of me can’t agree
When I breathe in too deep
Going with what I always longed for

Feel like a brand new person
(But you make the same old mistakes)
I don’t care I’m in love
(Stop before it’s too late)
Feel like a brand new person
(But you make the same old mistakes)
I finally know what is love
(You don’t have what it takes)
(Stop before it’s not too late)
(I know there’s too much at stake)
(Making the same mistakes)
And I still don’t know why it’s happening
(Stop while it’s not too late)
And I still don’t know

Finally taking flight
I know you don’t think it’s right
I know that you think it’s fake
Maybe fake’s what I like
Point is I have the right
I’m thinking in black and white
I’m thinking it’s worth the fight
Soon to be out of sight
Knowing it all this time
Going with what I always longed for

Feel like a brand new person
(But you make the same old mistakes)
I don’t care I’m in love
(Stop before it’s too late)
Feel like a brand new person
(But you make the same old mistakes)
I finally know what is love
(You don’t have what it takes)
(Stop before it’s not too late)

Man, I know that it’s hard to digest
But baby this story ain’t so different from the rest
And I know it seems wrong to accept
But you’ve got your demons, and she’s got her regrets
And I know that it’s hard to digest
A realization is as good as it gets
And I know it seems hard to accept
But you’ve got your demons, and she’s got her regrets
But you’ve got your demons, and she’s got her regrets

Feel like a brand new person
So how will I know that it’s right?
In a new direction
So how will I know I’ve gone too far?
(Stop thinking that the only option was)
Feel like a brand new person
I finally know what it’s like
(Stop thinking that the only option was)
So how will I know I’ve gone too far?
(Stop thinking that the only option was)
And I know it’s hard to describe
(Stop thinking that the only option was)
So how will I know that it’s right?

Tame Impala