ektor garcia’s solo exhibition sangre y barro featured on Blouinartinfo.
Cooper Cole Gallery is currently presenting a solo exhibition by Ektor Garcia, “sangre y barro,” on view through May 4, 2019.
The exhibition presents a collection of the artist’s latest works.
“Ektor Garcia’s art is grounded in the body, in touch, and tactility. Every element of ‘sangre y barro’ is made, crafted, formed, manipulated, and arranged by the artist’s hands. Hand-shaped and glazed terra cotta, stoneware, and porcelain. Intertwined ceramic rope and chain. Hand-made copper wire lace, crocheted ropes, twined threads. Hand-sewn leather hides. Imprints, mark making, fingerprints, gestures. The trace of the artist’s hands are everywhere. Every material, every found object — bike tires, goat horns, horse shoes, rusted horse bits, chains, cords, doilies, decorative domestic textiles — holds the tactile memory of Garcia’s hands. They call out to us to be touched in return, tempting us, even daring us — to touch. But we can’t touch them back. The gallery is at once a space of sensory overload, and sensory deprivation… The works are imbued with cultural, geographical and sexual histories, histories of violence and resistance, subversion and survival, family and community. They embody personal, familial, territorial, and cross-cultural histories of struggle and resistance. And they are invested with Garcia’s experiences growing up between borders, classes, identities, cultures, and languages,” as per Lisa Vinebaum.
Garcia received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, and his MFA from Columbia University, New York in 2016. Solo exhibitions include Mary Mary, Glasgow, Scotland; Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; kurimanzutto, Salon ACME, Mexico City, Mexico. Group exhibitions include LAXART, Los Angeles; New Museum, Salon 94, Sargent’s Daughters, New York; Chicken Coop Contemporary, Portland, USA; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico; ACCA, Melbourne, Australia. Garcia lives and works between Mexico City, New York, and other cities.
Since it’s conception Cooper Cole has always had a focus on existing as part of the global art dialog. The gallery not only focuses on inviting international artists to exhibit in Toronto but also aims at promoting Canadian artists abroad through art fairs and partnerships with other galleries across the globe.
The exhibition will be on view through May 4, 2019, at Cooper Cole, 1134 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6H 2A2, Canada.
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