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Transpositions: New work and new styles

By Melanie Harris de Maycotte

A new year, a new show and a new style of work from artists Angelina Pérez Ibargüen and Miguel Angel Morales will be revealed in their show Transposiciones. These two local artists, who have firmly set their names on the international stage, have worked together off and on for the past 10 years. But for their new show neither artist has seen the work of the other. Simply the theme of “Transpositions” was set and they each set out to interpret the many meanings of the word, from the mathematical: “a permutation which exchanges two elements and keeps all others fixed” to the logical: “a rule of replacement in philosophical logic,” to the literal: “an act, process, or instance of transposing or being transposed.”

Art opening by Angelina Perez Ibargüen & Miguel Ángel Morales, Fri, Jan 6, 5-7pm. Galería Atelier, Fábrica La Aurora

Angelina, who has the longest career of the two, has historically worked as a ceramic artist with an inclination towards installation and constructed settings. In the past couple of years, however, she has branched out, in part through the support of some public grants from the Mexican government agency FONCA, and has started to work with more reused and recycled materials on a much larger scale. In particular for her show at Bellas Artes in 2009 she converted a whole exhibition hall into a fantastical city of Styrofoam packing material and her ceramic figures were specially made to inhabit these spaces. In 2010 the artist took things one step further and made several pieces that interacted with motherboards from computers and later that year for the Galeria/Atelier Bicentennial show, “Mi Mexico,” the constructed ceramic figure completely disappeared. What remains now is simply the most mature work of her career, where images are merely implied. The expressed intention according to her is to create a dialog about the physical and metaphysical.

Miguel Angel Morales has historically worked hard and heavy. Common materials found in his work include rebar, cement, wax, pigments and steel. For this show, the materials haven’t changed but the work has become more architectural. This is due in part to the fact that Morales has been finishing a degree in architecture over the past few years and has won government commissions to work on large sculptures such as the one that can be found in Mexico City close to the periferico.

It is an honor for galeria/atelier to inaugurate its 2012 exhibition calendar with the work of these two artists. The show opens this Friday, January 6, from 5 to 7pm at the gallery in Fabrica La Aurora with a cocktail reception with the artists during the January Aurora Art Walk.


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