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Touch This Art Opening Reception

  • Imagine Art 2830 Real Street Austin, TX, 78722 United States (map)
 The iconic Aztec Calendar Stone inspires an exhibit of paper where you interact with the art by touching it.

The iconic Aztec Calendar Stone inspires an exhibit of paper where you interact with the art by touching it.

This September 2018 show in Austin, Texas, presents large stylized high-relief champ-levé glyphs of that monumental, complex monolith sculpture, with Braille English/Spanish description of their meaning and Nauahtl name. Animals, the central face, the Days, the Winds are there, while high relief maps and text give context. Fans that blow with the directions of the wind add to the immersive experience when the corresponding symbols are touched, fragrances of chocolate and chile, localized sound, give an immersive experience, in an art gallery with just enough light to keep the sighted safe, encouraging the interaction with the art to be non-visual on purpose.

To continue the sharing of First Nations culture by touch beyond the exhibit itself, an intercultural English and Spanish Braille book also with some Nahuatl words portrays the exhibit pieces in page-size high-relief. Preparation of these materials was done with the participation of visually-impaired artists from the Imagine Art community.

Open to all public, reaching out especially to the blind and visually impaired, this non-profit project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and donors, who are encouraged to purchase art or book pages for donation to Blind and Visually Impaired initiatives in the US, Mexico, Bolivia, and Nepal.

Yama Ploskonka is a maker of quality handmade paper, letterpress printer, cutter of type at Papel Texano in Austin, this being his first solo show in the United States.