JOSÉ LEÓN CERRILLO, JOSE DÁVILA, GABRIEL RICO, AND MARTÍN SOTO CLIMENT: UNSTABLE STILLNESS

Perrotin Hong Kong
OPENING | Thursday November 01, 7 – 9 pm
ARTIST TALK | Friday November 02, 6 – 7:15 pm
EXHIBITION | November 01 – December 01, 2018

Perrotin Hong Kong is pleased to present an exhibition featuring José León Cerrillo, Jose Dávila, Gabriel Rico and Martín Soto Climent, marking the first time that the artists are showing in a Hong Kong gallery. This presentation stems from ¿Cómo te voy a olvidar? (How could I forget you?), a 2016 group exhibition at Perrotin Paris that brought together the work of 16 contemporary artists across Mexico. For the four artists from that show now exhibited here, their engagement with architecture, interest in non-art materials, and investigations into the legacies of modernism, illustrate how similar concerns can be channeled towards different ends.

José León Cerrillo’s site-specific installations address architecture directly. At Perrotin Hong Kong, he will present his Subtraction Screens and Unstable Examples, a series of sculptural frames that reorganize, reorient, and delimit the space. The viewer’s behaviour and course through the gallery is modified accordingly. With allusions to Russian constructivism and the Bauhaus school, and a formal debt to Fred Sandback’s drawings in space, Cerrillo’s stark geometry belies a greater interest in movement, perception and the failures of minimal abstraction.

Jose Dávila’s sculptures of stone and glass are fraught with tension: the juxtaposition of surfaces and finishes—polished and rough, fabricated and organic—and the literal tautness that holds the glass panels in suspension, always anchored by an earthly force, some element of earth transferred to the white cube of the gallery. Dávila, and the other artists presented here, intervene minimally with their materials. It is through composition—or the relation between elements— and context, that the work finds stability and coherence. In Dávila’s sculptures, fragility and resistance, geometry and chaos are elegantly hinged to achieve a harmonious whole.

Gabriel Rico’s work also mines non-traditional sources for its materials; found objects, neon lighting, and taxidermied animals are some of the common elements he arranges to make a phrase, an equation, or formulation. His work is characterized by the inter-relation of disparate, seemingly unrelated objects. For this exhibition, Rico, sharing a room with Dávila and in direct conversation with him, has created sculptures that are keen on achieving a precise geometry despite the organic, roughly hewn character of their materials. This tension is achieved with humor, irony, and beauty.

Martín Soto Climent’s materials, however, are of a wholly inorganic provenance, opting instead for store-bought items of the everyday. At Perrotin Hong Kong, ladies’ stockings are stretched into parabolic forms to make an elastic web in which art materials—canvases and plinths—are trapped in its threads. These sinuous forms emerge from his canvases and attach themselves to the walls, ceiling, and floor in a suite of works that interact and make contact with every plane of the room. A poetic meditation of the physical limits of painting, these pieces reach beyond convention and constraints.

In collaboration with the Consulate General of Mexico in Hong Kong and with support from the Faculty of Arts of The University of Hong Kong, a conversation with the artists will be held on the occasion of the exhibition, moderated by Aric Chen, Curator-at-Large, M+ museum, on November 2 from 6 – 7:15pm in Room 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus at The University of Hong Kong. RSVP essential: eventshko@sre.gob.mx

Image:
Jose Dávila
Joint Effort, 2017
San Andrés stone volumes, smoked glass, volcanic rocks, ratchet
straps
235 x 285 x 130 cm ½ 92 1/2
x 112 3/16
x 51 3/16 in
Photo: Agustín Arce
Courtesy the Artist