In ‘The Space Under My Chair & The Music I Was Listening To’ Mario García Torres unveils two series featuring design and artworks that explore conceptuality and function. ‘A Cast of the Space Under My Chair,’ 2022, is an aluminum stool inspired by Bruce Nauman’s iconic concrete bearing the same name. Created in Nauman’s early career, the sculpture was crafted to consider the body’s relationship with the surrounding negative spaces. In the coated aluminum version, García Torres casts his desk chair, symbolically overturning the sculpture’s purpose by turning it into a functional object. For Nauman, casting the space below his seating was a way to reveal overlooked spaces; fifty years later, García Torres shines a light into a centuries-old tradition. In conversation with the design piece is ‘The Work I Painted This Monochrome While Repeatedly Listening to Gasolina by Daddy Yankee,’ a series of electrically plugged monochrome paintings. The pieces...were made while listening to the song Gasolina, directly influencing their outcome. Attached to the surface of the canvas is a rhythmic led light, transforming the series into a piece of silent sound equipment.
The founders expand, ‘counterbalancing the preconceptions surrounding the dialogue between art, design, space, function, or lack thereof is the essence of what we do.’
Ever since their first show, ‘Collective/Collectible,’ at an abandoned modernist mansion in Mexico City in 2019, the founders have embarked on a nomadic journey, nurturing a community of emerging creatives, such as Marrow, Xavier Loránd, Panorammmma and Adeline de Monseignat. Internationally renowned artists, designers and architects, like Atelier Van Lieshout, Frida Escobedo, Pedro Reyes, Pia Camil, Jose Dávila and Milena Muzquiz, have exhibited in MASA’s exhibitions: ‘Elementos Vitales,’ a homage to Ana Mendieta in Oaxaca, Mexico in 2021 and ‘Intervención/Intersección,’ at the Rockefeller Center in New York, in 2022.
Entrada actualizada el el 29 mar de 2023
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