Opening Reception: February 3rd, 2018 10 am - 1 pm
Through March 16th, 2018
Gallery Hours: 10 am - 6 pm Monday through Friday or by appointment only (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PEANA is pleased to present Solid Void, a group exhibition of artists whose work draws from the materials, processes and theoretical concerns of the architectural discipline, features works by Alois Kronschlaeger, David Rodriguez Caballero, Pier Stockholm, and Francisco Ugarte.
Concepts of geometry, perspective, and spatial relations are used not only in architecture and art, but also in the quotidien. This universal connection to architecture and its different interpretations are explored in the Solid Void exhibition. Some of the works included, such as Alois Kronschlaeger’s precise building-like geometric sculptures, borrows the elemental forms of construction. Others simply utilize materials and tools of design and construction as in the case of Pier Stockholm's ink drawings on tracing paper and David Rodriguez Caballero's steel sculptures. Other works reference architectural planning as seen in Francisco Ugarte’s hand-drawn replica of a Peter Zumthor floor-plan for the San Benedict Chapel built in 1988 where he seeks to revalue the architectural drawing as such.
The name "Solid Void” alludes to the deceivingly defined nature of geometry and architecture, defied by the methodic nature of the featured artists and their ability to transport the viewer into the "void", a meditative state, created by having to repeat a task without having to make decisions and with no apparent purpose.
Alois Kronschlaeger (Austria, 1966)
Kronschlaeger is best known for his site-specific installations and sculptures, which demonstrate a preoccupation with environment and light, as well as an interest in exploring time and space via geometry. His work has been exhibited internationally at institutions including the Bruce Museum (CT), the Yuan Art Museum (Beijing) and MOCA Tucson (AZ), where his installation Untitled (Basin and Range) took over the Great Hall of the museum. Since 2011, the artist has produced three site-specific installations with SiTE:LAB in Grand Rapids, MI, including Spire, which stretched over three stories tall, and Habitat, which was staged in the former Grand Rapids Public Museum. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
David Rodríguez Caballero (Spain, 1970)
His works investigate the possibilities of geometric abstraction without denying the figurative references that inspire them. A sculptor of refined lines and radical simplicity, he experiments with materials such as aluminum, brass and bronze and plays with light refractions on surfaces. His works can be found in multiple international collections, such as Repsol, Coca Cola Foundation, the Würth Museum (La Rioja), Dinastía Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture, Unión Fenosa Museum of Contemporary Art (MACUF), Patio Herreriano Museum, the National Library of Spain, the Town Hall of Pamplona, the Palace of the Popes (Viterbo, Italy), the Volksbank Foundation (Paderborn, Germany), the Museum of Navarra, the National Institute of Statistics (Spain) and ISE Cultural Foundation (New York / Tokyo). He lives and works between New York and Madrid.
Pier Stockholm (Peru, 1977)
Pier Stockholm incorporates the material function of his studio as means of illustrating his artistic practice. His work deals with his tools and materials as well as the way they are organized. He has developed 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.
Francisco Ugarte (Mexico, 1973)
Francisco Ugarte's work relies on the fields of architecture, especially in the creative process; it’s generated from the analysis of the environment and at the same time it responds to it. Using different media such as specific interventions, video, installation, sculpture, and drawing, his work can be understood as a phenomenological exercise, in which reality is understood through the perception of phenomena and the essence of things. Ugarte's proposals speak for themselves. Perception, abstraction, intuition, time, space, materia and the universe are recurring themes in his work. His most recent exhibitions include ‘How things Are’ at MARFA contemporary, ‘Metaforms’ at the Bass Museum and the 10o Biennial of Mercosur in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He has also been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Clemente Orozco Museum in Guadalajara, and the Experimental Museum El Eco in Mexico City. Ugarte lives and works in Guadalajara.