Misrepresentation, Mistake, and Non-Disclosure
Stefan Bruggemann, Gonzalo Lebrija, Jose Davila,
Jorge Mendez Blake, Tercerunquinto
5 July–25 August 2012
33-34 Hoxton Square
London N1 6NN
Misrepresentation, Mistake, and Non-Disclosure brings together the works of five Mexican artists of the same generation—Stefan Brüggemann, José Davila, Gonzalo Lebrija, Jorge Méndez Blake, and Tercerunquinto—and presents their work together for the first time. The exhibition focuses on the ways in which the works of these artists interact with one another, and explores the immediate similarities between their artistic practices. Approaching these works together reveals the parallels between their uses of visual language, which combines progressive ideologies with sombre topics such as ‘void,’ ‘failure,’ and ‘dystopia.’
One of these parallels is the critique of existing social and institutional systems. Tercerunquinto’s Anarchitecture directly addresses the urban environment of Shenzhen & Hong Kong; the construction of portals from a barrier opens a filtered view of the city’s landscape, commenting on its rapid, recent transformation. This work references Matta-Clark’s deconstruction of urban spaces, whose influence also extends to Méndez Blake’s use of architecture as a primary conceptual tool, as well as to the idea of linguistic entropy suggested by his ongoing Libraries series, which depicts literature as a monument forgotten in remote, unreachable locations.
Stefan Brüggemann’s practice directly deals with language, using it as a primary tool in his experimentation with the fluidity of words and structure of meaning. His series of works, Untitled (Joke & Definition Paintings), each feature a Richard Prince joke from his series Joke Paintings, and a Joseph Kosuth definition from his series Art as Idea as Idea. The artist uses sentences previously loaded with specific philosophical and humorous ideas to create new meanings. This form of appropriation is also evident in Jose Davila’s Homage To The Square, which translates the composition and title of Josef Alber’s infamous series into a three dimensional form. This playful approach to context and medium can also be seen in Gonzalo Lebrija’s The Distance Between You And Me, which features a video loop depicting the artist running away from the audience, suggesting either a total departure from meaning, or an enticing invitation onto a shared journey.
Each artist explores the frontier between their medium and existing social systems, whether they be linguistic, institutional, or architectural, with a distinct playfulness that underlies them all.
Round table discussion with Pablo Leon de la Barra, Mathieu Copeland, and Filipa Ramos.
To be held at 33-34 Hoxton Square. London, N1 6NN
For further details please go to www.mmand.org/events
Marina Kurikhina is an advisor and curator currently residing in the UK. Much of the last five years has seen her in México, developing close ties with the artistic community there and working to assist in its representation abroad. A solid academic background supports her characteristic ‘hands on’ approach that has helped her to establish a plethora of professional relationships, and to consolidate an enviable and comprehensive catalogue of contemporary artists.
She has assisted a number of organizations in establishing or improving their links with México, and created the founding artistic vision for Fundación Magnolia, a non-profit organisation of which she served as director.
Throughout this period, Marina has succeeded in sustaining an unequivocal position of objectivity, avoiding intermediation and bias; making hers an authoritative perspective on the current reality of Mexican contemporary art.
Misrepresentation, Mistake and Non-Disclosure is supported by Fundación Magnolia; aiming to educate, inform, and encourage a positive view of Mexico abroad. www.fundacionmagnolia.org
This exhibition has been made possible by the kind patronage of Kenny Schachter, the generosity of our supporters and the participation of many energetic collaborators.
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