A False Horizon: Art from Latin America
Opening Reception: August 6th, 2015 7-9 pm
Through September 3rd, 2015
Tuesday - Saturday 12-6 pm or by appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A False Horizon: Art from Latin America offers a nuanced understanding of lines, plane, and space. The group exhibition consists of sculptures, drawings, and mixed-media prints that gravitate towards simple aesthetics and a sense of calculated control. The artists in the exhibition grapple with practical methods of creation, particularly exposing labor and demystifying the artistic process. By dipping into this rich aesthetic tradition, the artists featured in the exhibition find unadulterated forms natural to their own time: pure and simple.
Participating artists include: Karian Amaya, Silvina Arismendi, Adrian S. Bará, Aldo Chaparro, Alberto López, Mario Navarro, Saúl Sánchez, Pier Stockholm, Vargas-Suarez Universal, and Alexis Zambrano. Latin American Art of the mid-20th century thrived off artists who successfully advanced previous strains of geometric abstraction. Artists used modular forms and structures, or carefully conjoined simple planes and lines, in an effort to promote a utopian, democratic society. The rise of non-hierarchical geometric abstraction in a totalitarian Latin American climate, rife with regional tumult, lends the simple forms and modules special political and historical importance.
Karian Amaya (Chihuahua, Mexico 1986)
With a body of work focused primarily on installation, sculpture, drawing, and photography, Karina Amaya studies the neurological properties that ensue in human relationships, with a specific interest in intimacy, vulnerability and identity. Her work is deeply embedded in existentialism, which Amaya presents in simple and literal ways. After receiving her Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts from Universidad de Guadalajara, Amaya specialized in Mixed Media as a student at the Students Art League of New York and joined the 2015 IAP Program at the New York Foundation for the Arts. Amaya lives and works between New York City and Mexico.
Silvina Arismendi (Montevideo, Uruguay 1976)
Arismendi's body of works is a result of unrelenting research of materials and supplies. In an almost casual and brief gesture, she transforms a myriad of objects, gathered from everyday life, and compiles them into different arrangements and situations. She attempts to give order by measuring her time, her work and the possibilities with certain materials and objects – obsessive repetition provides coined systems unique to her alone. The work reveals in itself the process of its making, its failure or triumph. I face every work with curiosity and try to understand how I can modify the least to achieve the most. Arismendi explains: “I like to think of my work as an organized world that welcomes chaos and embraces the power of simplicity.”
In 2000, she received a scholarship to study in the Czech Republic, graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2007. Since 2003, she has exhibited in many European cities, as well as in Latin America. In 2007 she founded galería parásito/, which is a platform for for the cultural exchange between Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. Arismendi currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Adrian S. Bara (Mexico City, Mexico 1982)
Bará’s art practice combines his education and experience as a filmmaker, his interest for visual narratives, and his empirical approaches to everyday situations. His work is generated through the appropriation of visual elements and materials taken from his immediate environment, which are presented as the traces of a story of contemporary reality and are arranged as fragments to compose new narratives. Bará was included in “Leviatán” at the Museo de Arte Raúl Anguiano and “Tinnitus y Fosfenos” at the Museo de Arte Zapopan. He was included in the Cannes Film Festival for the film “The Solitude of Memory” and was a guest at the Semaine de la Critique. Bará was the cinematogra-pher. The film also won in the Slamdance Film Festival. Select collections include: Sauro Collection (Guadalajara) and Sayago and Pardon (California). Bará currently lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Aldo Chaparro (Lima, Peru 1965)
Chaparro’s work is based on quick processes that involve close interplay with the material. Aldo believes that the objects that result from the direct confrontation with the material are an evidence document depicting the process that transformed the material in an artistic object. Chaparro is best known for his stainless steel, aluminum and wood sculptures, although he also works in other media such as wood, canvas, photography. Chaparro has a Bachelor's in Art from the Universidad Pontificia in Lima, Peru. He has exhibited across Latin America, United States, Europe and Asia. Select collections include: Perez Art Museum (Miami), The Jumex Foundation (Mexico), Simon de Pury (London), Helga de Alvear Foundation (Caceres, Spain), Cisneros Fontanis Art Foundation (Miami). He currently lives between Mexico City and Lima, Peru.
Alberto López (Guadalajara, Mexico 1983)
Alberto Lopez’s work is based on the relationships between two or more aspects of life, explores various disciplines such as drawing, sculpture and installation to achieve and express the theoretical goal of his projects. Using introspection as the main theme of his work, he explores issues as well as the past, present and future, melancholy, geography, boundaries and borders. In 2007, he founded the art collective “Favorita”. He has individually participated in several exhibitions in Mexico, New York and Berlin. Lopez lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Mario Navarro (Tijuana, Mexico 1984)
The formal aesthetics and syntax of Mario Navarro stand as an alternative reference to certain classes of objects just as words do not “refer” to things themselves in Saussure’s theory of linguistics. Objects and architecture have meaning as points and conceptual significations within an entire system of relations as each and every element evokes a different idea, let’s say, than that of another class of objects in virtue of their literal properties. Navarro also creates a metaclass of language that questions both architecture and the way we look at it but in different terms. In this way, architecture is re-contextualized. Issues of perception, the combination of language and spatial elements, the sculptural properties of language, matter/materials and their representations are part of Navarro’s investigation. The relations between architecture and form, and more specifically, the decomposition of architectural paradigms (balance, symmetry, organization of units and the figure of the architect) are a constant interest and exploration in Navarro’s ongoing and never final propositions. His work belongs to collections such as The Petitgas Collection (London), Frances R. Dittmer Collection (Chicago), Sayago & Pardon (Los Angeles), ArtNexus (Bogota), Dieresis Collection (Guadalajara) and Fundación Colección Jumex (Mexico City). He currently lives and works in New York City.
Saúl Sánchez (Bogota, Colombia 1977)
Saúll Sánchez’s work questions different ideas related to the conceptual values of painting and the process conditions, proper of the different ways of representing images. Color interpretation, the boundaries between the visible and the invisible, and the relationship between the traditional forms and the contemporary practices of pictorial environment, are some of the main topics that structure his work. Furthermore, his work has focused in recent years on the study of spatial conditioning at conceptual, formal and practical levels. Through installation projects, paintings and drawings, Sánchez explores the relationships those art forms have with their context (commercial, institutional and educational). Sánchez is a Fulbright Scholar pursuing a MFA at Parsons, The New School for Design. He has been invited to show work in Colombia’s leading venues and events such as the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango (Bogotá), Alliance Française (Bogotá), and 42 Salón Nacional de Artistas (Colombia). Internationally, he has exhibited work in venues such as Action Field Kodra, Municipality of Kalamaria, (Thessaloniki), Provincial Arts Center (Havana), Santral (Istanbul), and Diego Rivera House Museum, (Guanajuato). He currently lives and works in New York City.
Pier Stockholm (Lima, Peru 1977)
After studying architecture in Lima he moved to São Paulo to do a Masters in Fine Art at the Universidad De Sao Paulo (USP) specializing in “Poeticas Visuais” at the “Escola de Artes e Comunicações” (ECA), a Masters focused on the practice of art itself. After living for 5 years in Sao Paulo he moved to Paris to continue his studies thanks to a grant from Ecole des Beaux arts de Paris (ENSBA) under the Post Master program, “La seine” . Pier Stockholm has continued his art practice in residences and exhibitions in places such as the SOART residence in Austria, the Cite des Arts in Paris and cities including Seoul, Prague, New York, Brussels, Ahmedabad, Vienna, Stockholm, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Bogotá and Lima. He has exhibited in institutions and art spaces such as Paço das Artes (Sao Paulo), De Vleeshal (Middleburg), Casino (Luxembourg), and Espace Paul Ricard (Paris). Stockholm currently lives and works in Paris, France.
Vargas-Suarez Universal ( Mexico City, Mexico 1972)
Rafael Vargas-Suarez, more commonly referred to as “Vargas-Suarez Universal", is a Mexican-born artist living in New York and working internationally. He was born in Mexico City and raised in the Houston, Texas suburb of Clear Lake City, adjacent to the Johnson Space Center (NASA). From 1991 to 1996 he studied astronomy and art history at the University of Texas at Austin and moved to New York City in 1997. He is primarily known for large-scale murals, paintings, drawings, and sound recordings. He sources American, Russian, European, Canadian and Japanese spaceflight programs, astronomy, and aerospace architecture to create commissioned, studio-based and public artworks for museums, galleries, private and public spaces. Vargas-Suarez has conducted post-studio research at NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA; Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico, Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL; Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX; Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Korolyov (Moscow), Russia; and the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Selected collections include: The Museum of Modern Art Library, Whitney Museum of American Art, El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (Spain), Winzavod Contemporary Art Centre (Russia), and the UBS Art Collection. Vargas-Suarez Universal currently lives and works in New York City
Alexis Zambrano (Monterrey, Mexico 1987)
Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Alexis Zambrano awakened an early interest in art through collecting. His interest soon grew into a life-long passion for not only collecting but also for creating it. By age twelve, Alexis fully immersed himself into the art world and started apprenticing with artists Aldo Chaparro, Juan Torres and Ximena Subercasauz while living in Mexico. Zambrano followed with a BFA in Architectural Design from Parsons the New School for Design, and has made New York City his home since 2008. In his first solo exhibition, Interior Artscapes, Alexis showcases his art by curating a series of pieces that compromises his ideal collections. Through a process that begins by collaging images from auction house catalogues and juxtaposing them in old European salons, the artist then paints his unique vision of collections that otherwise could never be enjoyed. His work is part of the Fundacion AMA (Chile) and Mauricio Fernandez Collection (Mexico). Zambrano currently lives and works in New York City.