Across the country, packets of white powder with names like Vanilla Sky, Ivory Wave and White Rush are being sold in convenience stores and gas stations. The packets are labeled and sold as "bath salts," but they are actually a drug that produces a meth-like high and sometimes violent behavior in users. Law enforcement has caught on, and Florida recently joined Louisiana in banning the sale of the powders.
It was the beginning of 2006 and a catchy song in Spanglish titled "No Coke" hit the emerging Mexican indie scene by storm; five years later, Quiero Club is arguably today's most eclectic and critically acclaimed Mexican pop band. The Monterrey quintet comes from a new school of pop adventurers constantly looking for the new intercontinental zeitgeist. It's a breed that includes Javiera Mena, Hello Seahorse! and Denver — manufacturers of the new generation's anthems.
We don't usually touch on fine art here on this blog, but a piece in The Guardian today was too intriguing to pass up.
At the center of it is a minimalist piece from Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco. Oh, OK, it's not a piece, it's an empty shoe box that he titled "Empty Shoe Box (1993)." The simple white box, which even includes a UPC sticker on it has made the rounds — from the Venice Biennale where the box made its debut to New York's Museum of Modern Art, where it was shown last year.