Adrián Guerrero
THE STRUCTURE OF THOUGHT

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27.09 - 20.12, 2013

 

 

The Structure of Thought: Recent work by Adrián Guerrero

EDS GALERIA  is pleased to present a solo exhibition of the work of Adrián Guerrero (born 1975). Based in Guadalajara, Mexico, Guerrero has been producing sculpture, drawings, and mixed media installations using a variety of materials including fired ceramics, lacquered woods, and mixed media constructions. His highly refined objects touch upon such heterogeneous concerns as identity, labor, abstraction, and language in poetically oblique yet visually elegant ways.

The Structure of Thought is Adrián Guerrero’s first solo exhibition at EDS GALERIA and includes over seventeen works of art created between 2011 and 2013. The works on display subtly balance his masterful use of fired ceramics, lacquered woods, acrylics, and inks in sculpture as well as two-dimensional works on paper and canvas. Formally, this presentation demonstrates Guerrero’s continued development of a Minimalist idiom that combines a non-hierarchical repetition of primary structures such as circles, rectangular blocks, and trigonal planar shapes. Disertación (2013), for example, is comprised of a pair of circular forms made of black ceramic each with a different finish, one black and highly polished and the other with a matte graphite finish; which together invite a perceptual shift to occur through the subtle, gradient change within the black and white tonal range. The Código Series (2013) features multiple configurations of 25 rectangular units made of varying degrees of wood and ceramic that are bundled together to create larger sculptural blocks and which follow the simple logic of structural building principles. The non-referential nature of the Código’s play within the Modernist tradition of the gridded, syncopated structure and gain their visual rhythm through the stresses and accents that come through their seemingly random arrangements.

The works that comprise Mapa de Pensamiento and Posiciones (2013), clearly articulate the artist’s preoccupation with structure through a prolific and diverse series of drawings and works on canvas. These works employs a trigonal planar shape that is used as a single constructive unit that is repeated, doubled, and multiplied with the potential towards infinity. The trigonal form has greater significance beyond its mere graphic form as a primary structure of molecular geometry, chemistry and architecture. Here again, the works continue the artist’s abiding interest into larger questions of structure, construction and form. These ideas become realigned with an earlier series entitled Soportes (2012) that are tabletop sculptures constructed out of lacquered wood and which take the trigonal shape of the drawings into a three-dimensional space. In Soportes, various permutations of the basic unit are visually worked into structures that reach beyond their aesthetic sensibility into the realms of mathematics and science, and ultimately towards the philosophical reaches of the human mind.

Since 2004, Adrian Guerrero has participated in numerous biennials and in individual and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in different cities in Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Korea, Italy and Dominican Republic. His work is part of several collections of Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, USA, Chile, Korea and Italy. In addition he has won numerous international ceramics awards including Honorable Mention VIII International Biennial of Ceramics in Manises, Valencia, Spain, 2007; National Ceramics Award 2010 from the IX International Biennial of Ceramics in Manises, Valencia Spain; Honorable Mention at the Korea Gyeonggi International Biennial 2011; and the National Visual Arts Biennial Yucatan 2011.

 

 

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