Marfa Contemporary is proud to host an exhibition of new work by Mexican artist Gonzalo Lebrija, April 12-July 5, 2015.
Lebrija’s La Sombra del Zopilote 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 in front of Marfa Contemporary, 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.
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Digital print with ink hand additions
Printer and publisher: Gonzalo Lebrija.
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