February 2015 – March 2015
MARSO and the trustees of La Ruta de la Amistad A.C. present SOBRE NEGRO, a project curated by Michel Blancsubé featuring the work of Arturo Hernández Alcázar, Mario de Vega, and Juan Pablo Macias. The exhibition is a pair of site-specific interventions in two spaces in Mexico City: MARSO gallery, an early twentieth century mansion, and the Tower of the Winds, a public sculpture / container by the Uruguayan artist Gonzalo Fonseca. The Tower of the Winds is one of 22 monumental sculptures that form La Ruta de la Amistad, a project by Mathias Goeritz and Ramirez Vazquez for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico.
The show is not only divided into two spaces but also two moments: the initial action and the resulting residue. Although they have different starting points, the works of each artist come together through contamination, overlap, and, finally, in a collision that dissolves and cancels the other. The result is an amalgam that has been poured into the two architectural molds that hold the exhibition.
Arturo Hernández Alcázar (Mexico, 1978)
Arturo Hernández Alcázar has exhibited and completed residences in various Latin American and European cities. His sculptures, videos, installations, photographs, and drawings revolve around the idea of waste and its symbolic value in the current economic environment.
Mario de Vega (Mexico, 1979)
Mario de Vega lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City. Through site-specific interventions, process-oriented projects, sculpture and actions, Mario de Vega’s work brings attention to the capacities and shortcomings of human perception. His work has appeared in different contexts throughout North and South America, Europe, Russia, India, South Africa, Korea and Japan.
Juan Pablo Macías (México, 1974)
Using actions, interventions, archive work, and editorial projects, Juan Pablo Macías generates tensions between institutions, art practice and the social sphere, by producing programs that operate directly on biological, social and economic bodies. His work has been shown in major art museums in Mexico and other countries.
Michel Blancsubé (France, 1958)
Michel Blancsubé is the curator of Fundación Jumex. He was associate curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseille between 1996 and 2001 and was in charge of the registration department of the Jumex Foundation from 2001 to 2012. During his career he has curated numerous exhibitions in Latin America and Europe.