Very excited to be sharing these photographs of the installation of The drawing. The painting. The sculpture. curated by Mathias Kessler. Now you can fully see the conversation between my work and Aldo Chaparro’s.
After a week of on-site preparation, The drawing. The painting. The sculpture. came together. It was such a pleasure working on this project with Aldo Chaparro. Many thanks to Mathias Kessler for organizing. Here are some photographs from the opening. Cheers!
Construction continues on the cube for The drawing. The painting. The sculpture. at Aldo Chaparro Project Space in Mexico City!
I am so thrilled to be showing with Aldo Chaparro for The drawing. The painting. The sculpture. at his project space in Mexico City. As the press release mentions, my friend Mathias Kessler has known Aldo for many years and was surprised to see such similarities in our work, though we had never met. Mathias invited me to be a part of this two-person show and last week, I arrived in Mexico City with Florencia to meet Aldo for the first time. I cannot tell you how amazing our time here has been. Aldo has been a great host, inviting me to stay at his home and work in his studio. I am extremely grateful for all he has done, and though it has only been a short time, I now consider Aldo a dear friend.
To give you some background, Aldo is originally from Lima, Peru and lives and works in Mexico City. Having worked as not only as an artist but also as a magazine editor and creative director in several areas of pop culture, Aldo combines his art with influences from different disciplines, including music, industrial design, editing, and writing. He manipulates his works to engage in a dialogue with the audience about time, space, experience, and memory. This manipulation and exploration ultimately reveals the true, banal nature of the appeal of pop imagery.
Aldo Chaparro and Alois Kronschlaeger
Curated by Mathias Kessler
Mathias Kessler is pleased to present The drawing. The painting. The sculpture. featuring Aldo Chaparro and Alois Kronschlaeger in the Aldo Chaparro Project Space in Mexico City opening April 9th, 2013 at 5pm. The artists and curator will be present.
Observing the studio practice over the last 10 years, Kessler found that Chaparro of Mexico City and Kronschlaeger of New York City had a striking similarity of aesthetic output. To him, there was what he would call a Zeitgeist, a seemingly inexplicable connection of time and spirit – one that created a two-tiered body of work without the two artists knowing each other or exchanging ideas as peers would normally do. Their work reflects similar concerns in architecture, minimalism, and the notion of the spacial relationship to the viewer, and now, the artistsʼ work will come together for the first time an exhibition at the Aldo Chaparro Project Space in Condesa, Mexico City.
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. Within the past two years, Kronschlaegerʼs work has grown in scale from encompassing the entire horizontal plane of the Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York to spanning the vertical axis of a 4-story abandoned building with in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Biomorphic in shape, his architectural interventions penetrate multiple planes on a monumental scale with the objective to create new architectural vantage points within a constructed environment.
Chaparro has worked as an artist, magazine editor, and creative director in several facets of popular culture – a mix that reflects in his work. While he has similar concerns to those of Kronschlaeger, his work is tied to the world of popular culture with references to conceptual art and minimalism. Chaparro cleverly incorporates pop imagery into his artwork with poignant humor, turning it on its head, exposing the banality, and literally twisting it in color and material.
The title of the exhibition comes from Luis Camnitzerʼs The Photograph., 1981, an artwork that references Chaparro and Kronschlaegerʼs allusions to art history but also the current inquiry in exploring the semiotics of space and time through artistic practice.
The drawing. The painting. The sculpture.
Aldo Chaparro and Alois Kronschlaeger | Curated by Mathias Kessler
April 9th, 2013 | Opening: 5 pm
Aldo Chapparo Project Space | Cozumel 81-1 Colonia Roma | 06140 Mexico D.F.
To schedule an appointment, please call 52114573.
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On my second day in Mexico City, I had the opportunity to discuss the exhibition The drawing. The painting. The sculpture. with Aldo Chaparro Winder and his studio assistant Johnatan Molina Arroyo. We discussed the works that I had brought and how they might work in dialogue with Aldo’s. We also took the time to have lunch on the porch. What a treat!
I have just arrived in Mexico City and have begun working on new pieces for The drawing. The painting. The sculpture. with Aldo Chaparro Winder and curated by Mathias Kessler. My wife, Florencia, is helping me in the studio along with this adorable bunny.