November 8 – December 7, 2008
Opening Reception November 8, 7–10 pm
Free fall perspective, on line and perception
Ricardo Alzati, Diego Toledo and Alejandro Pintado
"Free fall perspective, on line and perception” is an exhibition that reflects upon the influence of systems in everyday day life, in particular it focuses on perspective. It analyzes the rational and logical way this system has to represent the three- dimensional space. Perspective is known as a system used to create the illusion of three-dimensional images and spatial relationships on a two-dimensional surface. To accomplish this, there are a set of rules that should be followed. The vanishing point is the center from which the order should be placed; everything that is set out of this order is excluded from perspective. By having this apparently simple rule, all other possibilities are shot down. We tend to think that the system of perspective is only used for representation in a flat surface, on a two-dimensional flat object. The truth, is that the influence of this system has not stayed 2D, it has moved to the three-dimensional space. More than ever two-dimensional images describe our experience of the world, this expressions affect the way we perceive our individual experience of the three-dimensional world. Perspective gives preference to the rational and logical order over the abstract and perceptual experience. Free fall perspective on line and perception questions the retinal experience and pushes the boundaries of what is expected to be seen. In the shape of light, shadow, line, paintings and drawings is that the artists Ricardo Alzati, Diego Toledo and Alejandro Pintado invite the viewer to move further away the expected rules enhancing his experience of abstraction of the physical space.
This exhibition was made possible by ART2102
Ricardo Alzati was born in Mexico City in 1974. He received his education in History and Visual Arts at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and in Photography and Visual Arts at the Centro de la Imagen and Centro Nacional de las Artes. In 2001-2002 he also attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Alzati’s photography, video, installations, paintings, and drawings have been exhibited in Mexico and the United States, including solo exhibitions at the Museo del la Ciudad de México (Mexico City), Casa Vecina (Mexico City), Fototeca de Veracruz (Verazcruz, Mexico), 111 projects (Mexico City), and group exhibitions, such as the 2001 Visions: Contemporary Mexican Photography show at the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, and the 2008 Proyectos para descontrucción at the Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes MUCA Roma in Mexico City. In 2007, Alzati was recipient of the Jóvenes Creadores art production grant. In 2008, he was selected as part of the core group participants at United Nations Plaza Mexico City and was also awarded artist residencies at the Triangle Artist’s Workshop (New York), and the 26th International Symposium of Contemporary Art, Baie St. Paul (Quebec, Canada). Alzati also writes for Rim Magazine (Los Angeles), and Arte MX (Mexico City). He currently lives and works in Mexico City.
Alejandro Pintado was born in Mexico City in 1973. He received his MFA at Goldsmiths (London), and his BFA at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura. Pintado has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. He has had numerous solo shows, including Galeria O (Mexico City), Galeria Emma Molina (Monterrey), the Museum Ciudad de Querétaro, Vaknin Schwartz Gallery (Atlanta), and Haus der Kunst Gallery (Guadalajara). Pintado was also included in the 2008 Moscow Bienale for young art, the 2007 Bienal de Artes de Yucatán, the 2005 Bienale de Monterrey at the Centro Navional de las Artes, and Declaraciones, at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid (2005).
From 1994-1999, Pintado co-founded the artist run space, Tallería espacio cultural, and has since curated several international exhibitions including Speedy González is German: Playing with Stereotypes (2003) and Landscape Interventions at the Moscow Bienale (2008). In 2007, he was awarded an artist residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was also honored with a Pollock-Krasner Grant. He currently lives and works in London.
Diego Toledo was born in Mexico City in 1964. He graduated as a painter from the National University School of Arts, San Carlos, UNAM (1983-87). As co-founder in 1988 of the alternative and independent space called “La Quiñonera” in Mexico City, he experimented with different materials and other technologies, and began to show his work. Toledo’s work has evolved from painting to the use of a great variety of materials and processes, creating pieces of a site-specific and conceptual nature. Toledo’s work has dealt with elements and forms that concerned information design, advertisement and public art, and recently has produced objects and installation dealing with problems of how we experience and understand space through architecture and its representation from a phenomenological point of view. Toledo has exhibited widely in Mexico and internationally. He has had solo shows at many galleries and museums, including the Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City (1993), Contemporary Art Museum, Oaxaca City, Mexico (1995), Radio House Gallery, New York (2002), and OMR Gallery, Mexico City (2003). In 2000, Toledo was awarded artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada) and the “Laboratory Mexico-Cuba” (Cuba). He currently lives and works in Berlin.