Upcoming Event:

Gonzalo Lebrija: The Shadow of the Vulture

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: April 12

April 12 - July 4, 2015

Organized by Dr. Natalie Maria Roncone

Marfa Contemporary is proud to announce an exhibition of new work by Mexican artist Gonzalo Lebrija, set to run April 12 - July 4, 2015. An opening reception, including a Q&A with the artist, will begin at 7 p.m. April 12. All are welcome.

Lebrija’s The Shadow of the Vulture abjures the middle range of sizes. Largeness is interactive; big needs small to conform it. Lebrija presents us with objects of infinitesimal smallness and interminable enormity; an impression of a space in which no viewer exists. These two scales of artwork, derived from a visceral notion of contemporary consciousness, conjoin technological advancement with Lebrija’s notion of Mexican identity so that the small and large are seen as instantly interchangeable.

Certainly there is history in Lebrija’s art. The matter of scale and its power resonates in the triumphs of Mexican mural painting, specifically Mexico’s Los Tres Grandes: Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Diego Rivera. In Lebrija’s words, he is an artist “more drawn to Orozco’s brutal force of machismo and radicalism, with the murals in Guadalajara at Palacio de Gobierno a lifelong favorite.” Here, Orozco’s impact is manifest in the billboard proportions of “Suspended Time,” packed into the entrance courtyard where the effect is vertiginous. Space is restricted: Lebrija is not. “Suspended Time” aims at a radical, incommensurable, elating scale, with the dichotomy of the smaller works in the exhibit providing Lebrija the counterpoint: His largeness needs smallness in order to interconnect as such.

Gonzalo Lebrija: BIOGRAPHY

Gonzalo Lebrija was born in Mexico City in 1972 and obtained a BFA in Science of Communication at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) in 1998. He lives and works in Guadalajara, Mexico.

He uses the mediums of photography, video, sound and sculpture to capture the aesthetic experience of time and the isolated Self.

Lebrija has exhibited extensively in Latin America, the United States and Europe. Recent exhibitions include the 13th Istanbul Biennale (2013) and the solo exhibition Possibility of Disaster, curated by Humberto Moro at the Center for the Arts in Monterrey (2013).

Other solo and group exhibitions include Deriva Especular at the Museum of Modern Art Mexico City (2011); Resisting the Present, Mexico City 2000-2012 at the Museo Amparo, Puebla (2011) and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2012); The Distance Between You and Me at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2011); Never more, never less at the Museum of Memory and Tolerance, Mexico City; Conversations II, in collaboration with John Baldessari, at Travesía Cuatro, Madrid (2011); Energy Effects at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; and Viva Mexico! at the Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw (2007).

Since 2011, he has been a patron of MCA Denver. He is also the co-founder and co-director of Oficina para Proyectos de Arte A.C. (Office for Art Projects) in Guadalajara.

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