Nov 3rd 2018

Alejandro Jiménez-Flores: “…to make them endure, give them space.”

@ BAR4000

2000 W Carroll Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Opening Saturday, November 3rd, from 6PM - 9PM

On view through Sunday, December 16th

BAR4000 is humbled to present “…to make them endure, give them space.” a solo exhibition of works by Alejandro Jiménez-Flores accompanied by florencio & Fire-Toolz.

Alejandro Jiménez-Flores is a conceptual artist. Part of their conceptual framework —friendship?— involves florencio. florencio asked Alejandro to ask Angel Marcloid to use her sound skills —and conjure her Fire-Toolz personae— to elicit the sounds that exist within and emanate from the multi-temporal spaces that florencio navigates (florencio666.wav). In addition to the aural environment, traces of florencio’s previous iterations appear visually in several paintings. One such iteration, waz appears in a piece from 2014 —perhaps “waz” was what florencio once was at one point 😉 —becoming multiple.

While florencio cruises through their multiple temporalities Alejandro goes on a walk —a dérive, and while cruising through their neighborhood on this leisurely walk, Alejandro encounters the same flowers previously sent to them by Ben (the B A R in BAR400) on a summer afternoon —an image of yellow flowers joyously growing tall overflowing a fence. In a new series of works, the memories of this image conglomerates with the memories of that encounter and other walks—dérives— around that same neighborhood, of walking to the flower shop encountering the plant only their aunts had in Mexico (possibly from the milkweed family), the paw scratch marks on the mud, and walking while thinking of proximities, longings, gentle gestures… of propositions of language that are yet to come, giving these gestures space…making space for these propositions to explore their potentialities. Within these new works, there is a horizontal shift, a way in and out of portraiture (for more than 3 years all of Alejandro’s compositions had been portrait oriented). In this gesturing toward landscape, all these memories extend into and embrace an enduring collectivity. And in this cruising with flowers, they aim to deconstruct their subjectivities of themselves, picking up the traces of propositions of a language that is yet to come, always already in the horizon —but perhaps, always already within, so lets give this language space, make it endure, let it bloom…so come and join Alejandro, florencio and Fire-Toolz on this cruisin’ through the traces of ephemeral jouissance that lay in the horizon’s potentiality.

🎶 “You’re gonna fly away, glad you’re goin’ my way / I love it when we’re cruisin’ together / And music is played for love, cruisin’ is made for love / I love it when we’re cruisin’ together” 🎶

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