Opening Reception: June 22nd, 2017 6 pm
Through July 23rd, 2017
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday 12-7 pm or by appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Aparador Cuchilla - Cozumel 81 Roma Norte, Mexico City 06700
For the inaugural exhibition at Aparador Cuchilla, Mexico City-based collaborative duo Tezontle present Hocico, a cast concrete sculpture in dialogue with the architecture and history of the surrounding city. Interested as much in the Pre-Hispanic past as in mid-twentieth century modernism, Tezontle merge these historical reference points in the production of a third culture—one reflective of the palimpsestic architectural and social histories of Mexico City.
Hocico originates from a carved, Aztec sculpture of a Quetzalcoatl snout which is ensconced in the exterior corner of a colonial building located near the duo’s studio. At Aparador Cuchilla, the street-facing, glass vitrine that houses Tezontle’s sculpture takes the place of the creature’s jaws, two-storied, geometric forms becoming teeth. Mediating between sculpture and building, past and present, the vitrine offers a view that appears at once ancient and modern, mirroring Mexico City itself.
Aparador Cuchilla is a new experimental space founded by Aldo Chaparro. Its first year of programming is curated by Alejandro Romero.
About the artists
Carlos H Matos and Lucas Cantu founded Tezontle in 2014. Tezontle uses sculpture to bring the disciplines of architecture, installation art and design together into their studio practice.
Tezontle identifies with Mexico’s pre-hispanic heritage and the abstract work of the Mexican modernists of the mid-20th Century. The studio works by curating found objects with self made ones in a process of generating innovative formal and material narratives. This working method is independent of scale. When scale becomes irrelevant, the sculptural becomes the architectural and vice versa.
Amongst other projects Tezontle is currently working on a variety of small scale sculpture commissions; an in-situ installation at Richard Neutra's VDL House in LA as part of the ´Tu casa es mi casa´ residency programme; a mixed use sculptural garden in the caribbean town of Tulum; the museography for Archivo´s MXCD:02 exhibition about Mexico City’s history through objects that will open in October 2017 and a set of concrete living units designed along Bahia de Guadalupe in the coast of Guerrero.
Carlos and Lucas also teach and are co-founders of the Architectural Association´s experimental concrete workshop ´AAVS Las Pozas´ that takes place every summer in the Huasteca Jungle and serves as a research platform that aims to forge links between craft and culture in the town of Xilitla.