• HARTE

    “HARTE”

    Date 2004
    Dimensions 5 minutos
    Category Video
    Medium Videos
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection, Gift of the artist
  • Los conos Rojos

    “Los conos Rojos*”

    Date 2011
    Dimensions 2 minutos
    Category Video
    Medium Video
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection, Gift of the artist
    Acknowledgement *Translate: The Red Cones
  • Que cuentas

    “Que cuentas*”

    Date 2004
    Dimensions 5 minutos
    Category Video
    Medium Video
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: How’s going?
  • Que cuentas

    “Que cuentas*”

    Date 1994
    Dimensions 14" x 17"
    Category Sculpture
    Medium Black sateen fabric on plastic tray and beans
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection *Translate: How’s going?
  • El cielo está encancaranublado

    “El cielo está encancaranublado*”

    Date 1999
    Dimensions Variable
    Category Installation
    Medium Gray tulle can –cans
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 20th Century
    Collection *Translate: The sky is super-duper cloudy
  • Pieza Cabina de Teléfonos (Doña Ana no está aquí)

    “Pieza Cabina de Teléfonos (Doña Ana no está aquí)*”

    Date 2001
    Dimensions 84" x 48" x 48"
    Category Installation
    Medium Mahogany, metal tumbler and recording, structure
    Genre Scenes
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Colección Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico
    Acknowledgement *Translate: Telephone Cabin Piece (Doña Ana is not here)
  • Ataúd (Que Dolor que Dolor que Pena)

    “Ataúd (Que Dolor que Dolor que Pena)*”

    Date 2001
    Dimensions 40" x 84" x 40"
    Category Installation
    Medium Mahogany and red cones structure
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: Coffin (Que Dolor que Dolor que Pena)
  • Confesionario (Refugio)

    “Confesionario (Refugio)*”

    Date 2001
    Dimensions 84" x 48" x 48"
    Category Installation
    Medium Mahogany and video structure
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection *Translate: Confessional (Refuge)
  • Manos arriba, manos abajo

    “Manos arriba, manos abajo *”

    Date 2011
    Dimensions 2 minutos
    Category Video
    Medium Video
    Genre Contemporary
    Period 21st Century
    Collection Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico Collection, Gift of the artist
    Acknowledgement *Translate: Hands up, hands down
  • HARTE
  • Los conos Rojos
  • Que cuentas
  • Que cuentas
  • El cielo está encancaranublado
  • Pieza Cabina de Teléfonos (Doña Ana no está aquí)
  • Ataúd (Que Dolor que Dolor que Pena)
  • Confesionario (Refugio)
  • Manos arriba, manos abajo

Inés Aponte

San Juan, PR, 1956

Biography Details

Her artistic expression comprises diverse media:  drawing, painting, mixed media, installations and video. Studied at Pratt Institute. Her education during the 70’s led Aponte to profound questionings about social systems, state institutions, civil rights and social justice. Her work nurtures from this trajectory, developing into a work of observation and social criticism mixed with a great sense of humor. Also, the conceptual approaches of the 1960’s, rooted in the Dadaism from the turn of the century, have been the major influences in her work.

Artist Statement

Ines Aponte’s artistic expression covers a variety of media such as drawing, painting, mixed media, installations and video. In 1991 it made a turn towards formal deconstruction. Everyday life supplied the materials: gift-wrapping paper, "glitter", varied fabrics, folding tables, napkin holders, etc., materials that appeal not only to the visual, but instead summon all the senses. The significant is the building principle underlying the sequence of these manipulations. The evocation they generate moves her to pick up again the construction methods and expressions from childhood. In that way, she cuts, pastes, creases, overlaps fragments of materials, images, altered words; clearly disparate elements that in their proximity and rejection establish an "operational violence" that generates new images. Herein she plays with the extremes and malice that all games entail. In the works shown since 2000 these games are set against elements representative of the Systems of Power and vice versa: the Systems of Power have been subverted and intervened by the game. (Exposición Marcados de 2001, Sobremesa de Gatos, Lobos y Ratones de 2005 y Cortadas por la Misma Tijera de 2011).


The guidelines for the work originate from particular aesthetic sources such as the Oriental images of HakuinEkaku and knowledge that modernity has downplayed such as: vaudeville, the circus, Thomas Edison’s cinema and the music of Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. Other fundamental influences are the Dadaist manifesto and the work of the constructivists, especially the designs of Alexander Rodchenko.
Aponte’s artistic career sets a counterpoint (contrast) between the gaiety of a child and the rigorous ordering of institutional life, between the burdensome and lightness, between the sacred and the profane, the minimalist and the carnivalesque, between the tragic and the comic.

Formation

Education

2006

  • Video editing and animation courses, Atlantic College, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Video editing courses. Escuela de Artes Plásticas de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1999

  • Computer art, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1989

  • Master in drawing and painting.Pratt Institute, New York, United States  

1986

  • Bachelor in drawing and painting. Pratt Institute, New York, United States

1979

  • Bachelor in Psychology, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1979-1980

  • Drawing and printmaking courses. Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts School, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Experiecia Profesional

2004-2013

  • Professor. Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

2001-2005

  • Professor. Fine Arts Department, Humanities Faculty, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico  

1996-1998

  • Professor. Fine Arts Department, Humanities Faculty, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, Puerto Rico 

1988-1986

  • Professor, Fine Arts Department, Humanities Faculty, Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, Metropolitan Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico 

1988, 1992

  • Professor. Fine Arts Department, Humanities Faculty, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, Puerto Rico

1988-1994

  • Professor. Escuela de Artes Plásticas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1987

  • Professor of drawing and painting. Washington's Heights Coalition, New York, United States

1986

  • Art Assistant. Sculptress Aeyung Park, New York, United States

Exhibitions

Solo Shows

2011-2012

  • Cortadas por la Misma Tijera, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002

  • En el Ancón de Loíza, PR’02, Antigua Sede del Ancón de Loíza, Loíza, Puerto Rico

2001

  • Registro de Marcas (Marcados), Museo de las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1997

  • Moriviví, Galería Luiggi Marrozzini, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1991

  • Espectáculo y Sacrificio, Zeitgeist Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1990

  • Paintings, Galería MSA, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1988

  • Paintings, Pratt Institute Gallery, New York, United States

1986

  • Drawings and paintings, Pratt Institute Gallery , New York, United States

Colectiva

2013

  • Vial, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2012

  • Interconexiones, Lecturas curatoriales de la Colección Permanente del MAPR, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2010

  • Muestra Nacional de Arte Puertorriqueño, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • En la Gaveta, Galería La 15, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2009

  • Circa, Exposición de Videos, Galería 354, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2005-2006

  • Rewind-Rewind- Muestra de Video en Puerto Rico, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2004-2005

  • Islas Naciones, Museo de Arte, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island, United States

2004

  • Colectivo Galería 356, Galería 356, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Muestra Nacional de Arte Puertorriqueño, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2003

  • 100 Años de Arte y Enseñanza en la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2002

  • Facing Each Other: Prints Concerning Identity, Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper, New Jersey, United States

2001

  • Exposición de Arte Puertorriqueño Contemporáneo, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Muestra Nacional de Arte Puertorriqueño Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2000

  • Artistas Puertorriqueños,  Instituto Santa Fe, Granada, Spain
  • Utopistas, Galería de Arte,  Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1999

  • El Café de las 3:00-Otros Relatos en Casa de Doña Fela, Museo de Felisa Rincón de Gautier, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Juegos- Tensión, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1998

  • Pequeño Formato, Museo de las Amércias, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Cien Artistas Puertorriqueños Contemporáneos, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Caribe: Fragmentación, Exclusión y Paraíso,  Museo Extremeño Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz,  Spain

1997

  • "De allá pa' ca", Sala de los Contrafuertes, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1996

  • Contemporary Puerto Rican Artists, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, United states
  • Signos de Transición, Galería Luiggi Marrozzini, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1994

  • Pequeño Formato, Galería Luiggi Marrozzini, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1993

  • Arte, Objeto y Artefacto, Citibank & Luiggi Marrozzini Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Muestra Certamen del Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Muestra Nacional del Quinto Centenario, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1992

  • Pequeño Formato, Galería Luiggi Marrozzini, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Abstracción Conceptual, Librería Hermés, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1991

  • Exposición Ex-alumnos de Pratt Institute, Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico

1989

  • Arte Joven, Chase Manhattan Bank,  San Juan, Puerto  Rico

1988

  • Primer Certamen de Pintura, Quinto Centenario del Descubrimiento de América y Puerto Rico, Certamen AVCO, Casablanca, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Exposición Huellas, Lower East Side, New York, United States

1977

  • Dhara Rivera e Inés Aponte, Galería del Edificio Chardón, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico

Awards, Distinctions and Achievements

2000

  • Invited Artist. “Puerto Rico, que Puerto que Rico”, Granada, Spain

1999

  • Visiting Artist. Printmaking Center, Mason Gros Art School, Rutgers University , New Jersey, United States  

1994

  • Invited Artist. Caribbean Art Today, Project Group- Stoffwechsel, Germany
  • Invited Artist, IX Bienal Iberoamericana del Arte "Dibujo y Estampa Iberoamericanos”, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Invited Artist. IV Bienal de Pintura, Cuenca, Ecuador     

Collections

  • Espacio 1414, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Bibliography

Catalogues

Caribbean Art Today, Stoffwechsel, Alemania, 1994 


Espectáculo y sacrificio, Zeitgeist Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1991 


Puerto Rico’02 [En ruta], M & M proyectos, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2002  


Registro de Marcas, Museo de Las Américas, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2001 


U/TOpistas: estudio para proyectos contemporáneos, Michelle Marxuach Galería, M & M art projects, 1998 

 

Newspapers

Vazquez Zapata, Larissa. "Ines Aponte and an antidote to amnesia". El Nuevo Día, Revista Domingo (San Juan, PR), May 6, 2001