With the stroke of a chisel, the stone came to life and gave in turn physical form to the first International Symposium of Monterrey Marble Sculpture 2007 (SIEMM/07), that was organized by the sculptor Jorge Elizondo in conjunction with the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey.
Sculptures, created by nine international artists who were selected from among 1,200 proposals, opened to the public on Friday, 29 February 2008 and was presented through June.
The works were made of Monterrey marble utilizing the direct carving technique in the Jorge Elizondo Studio (EJE), located in the La Huasteca canyon, during October of 2007.
The project, whose realization was made possible thanks to the support of the State Government through the Secretary of Tourism and CONARTE, UDEM and Brafi Mármol, sought to promote the relationships and the exchange of ideas between sculptors, spreading the knowledge of the techniques of sculpture carved in stone, as well as providing children, adolescents and adults a better awareness of this art form.
The Jorge Elizondo Studio (EJE), the headquarters of SIEMM/07, arose as an answer to Elizondo's desire to construct a work space where sculpture could be conceived of, developed and produced in marble, steel, glass and other materials used today, a place where local, Mexican and international sculptors could work in a natural setting, with all the necessary facilities.
Susan Abraham ( United States ), Giorgie Cpajak ( Serbia ), Miguel Islas ( Spain ), Chifú Panaite ( Romania ), Jörg Plickat ( Germany ), Luis Ramos ( Spain ), Jaya Schuerch ( Italy ), Carmen Tepsan ( Romania ) and Ferit Yazici ( Turkey ), were the participants who, based on pre-selected proposals, crafted a sculpture in Black Monterrey Marble, each one from a 2x1x1-meter block.
These sculptors were selected by a curatorial committee made up of Lily Kassner, art historian, Jorge Contreras, curator at MARCO and Jorge Elizondo , sculptor and organizer of the project.
Through this exhibition, EJE and MARCO contributed to the community sculptural works from international artists that will remain in the region and will promote the awareness and understanding of sculpture and will position the state of Nuevo León and Mexico within the worldwide context of contemporary sculpture production.