Paul Ramírez Jonas Atlas, Plural, Monumental

Participant-viewers activate Jonas’s work by turning it into collaborative and interpersonal art

By Laura A. L. Wellen

Atlas, Plural, Monumental, 2017 (installation view). Photo: Nash Baker. Courtesy the artist and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), 29 April – 6 August Paul Ramírez Jonas’s first career survey in the Americas considers how we participate. That is, the Californian artist asks: how do artist and viewer influence one another, in what ways might we collaboratively write history, how do we enter narratives of exploration and how does participation redraw the lines of community? At once generous with his viewer-participants and rigorous with his interrogation of the cultural commons, Jonas’s quarter-century of sustained inquiry…

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