Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera: The Problem of Freedom
@ Aspect/Ratio Projects
864 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Opening Friday, June 18th, from 5:30PM - 7:30PM
On view through Saturday, July 24th
Aspect/Ratio Projects is pleased to present The Problem of Freedom, a new body of work from Cuban artist Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera. Inspired by a 1939 Rutgers convocation speech by Thomas Mann, Díaz-Perera began using the speech as a creative tool, testing the boundaries and limits of words displayed on a page, language, and space as defined by Díaz-Perera’s hand and simple black ink. Drawing daily on a used book of Mann’s speech, the resulting image demonstrates a visual ambiguity – is it a beautiful drawing of a starry night, or simply a censored book? In Díaz-Perera’s own words, “The limits of my world are the limits
of my language. The limits of my language are the paradoxes of said language. In order to uncover the limits of my language I do things to things until they become a paradox of themselves.” Working in multiple mediums of video, drawings, and sculpture, Díaz-Perera examines heritage and our colonial past, mortality, and how simple tools are often used as a means of control, limita- tion, repression, but also organization and legality. Energy, both artificial and spiritual synthesize this exhibition, moving through the show one will no doubt be impacted by the energy Díaz-Perera has created with these works.
Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera is a conceptual artist from Havana, Cuba who works a variety of media including: video, pho- tography, painting, installation and text. Whereas, the medium is dictated by the idea or investigation. Through his practice, he seeks to make connections between the personal and the universal points of view, exploring absence and paradox in many dif- ferent ways, by the process of forcing to contradict himself. Exhibitions include an intervention at The Chicago Artists Coalition, a two-person show with collaborator Cara Megan Lewis at Antena Gallery and participation in the Rapid Pulse International Perfor- mance Art Festival at Defibrillator Gallery, both in Chicago. Participation in festivals and exhibitions in Cuba include the Internation- al Festival of Video Art in Camaguey, the 10th and 11th Havana Biennials, and a workshop-exhibition in collaboration with Gabriel Orozco in Havana. Recent exhibitions include: PST/Pacific Standard Time at The Torrance Art Museum, University of Illinois and Aspect/Ratio Projects.
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