• Barb Smith

    Barb Smith

    New York, NY, United States, b. 1979
    Barb Smith (b. 1979, Kokomo, Indiana) creates compositions using a diverse set of materials from recognizable objects, figurines, and tschotchkes through varied and unfinished processes which are then transformed from the banal and quotidian to the unforgettable. Their narrative is then further shifted as they are placed on shelves and platforms in a labyrinthine-like configuration. Smith lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in Sculpture at Bard College. Solo exhibitions include: Unexpired Time at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Mesa, AZ and Apperception at Purdue University. She was recently a part of the Queens International exhibition at the Queens Museum, NY. Smith was nominated with Ezra Tessler as one of the top ten presentations for Zona MACO in Artsy, 2016 and was recently included in the Artforum Critics’ Picks in the group exhibition, Everybody! Come Stand on the Altar! at PSST, Los Angeles. Smith was awarded fellowships by New York Foundation for the Arts in Sculpture (2011) and the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture (2012). Her writing has been featured in The Shawangunk Review, No Dear Magazine, The Saint Lucy, and Mahkzin. She will be included in the upcoming In Practice exhibition at SculptureCenter in 2017.   http://www.barbarasmithart.com/

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  • Adrián Balseca

    Adrián Balseca

    Quito, Pichincha, Equador, b. 1989

    Adrián Balseca (Quito, Ecuador, 1989) lives and works in Quito. Balseca’s work aims to activate strategies of representation, narration, and/or interaction in order to highlight cultural specificities of a particular place. It explores the relationship and tensions between industrial and craft practices, revealing a fascination with the historic processes, and the configuration of materials involved in the production of manufactured goods. His work often involves transforming the composition of daily objects or certain civil laws into other material forms, or legal experiences. These projects —from small interventions to large-scale ‘site specific’ actions or video documentations — elaborate on ideas of emerging economies, nature, power, and social memory.

    His most recent group exhibitions include: ‘Ultralocal. Cycle: Think global, act local’, CEAAC, Strasbourg (2016); ‘Premio Nacional Nuevo Mariano Aguilera 20152016’, CACQuito (2016); ‘Encuentros del Otro Cine EDOC 15’, Quito (2016); ‘Encuentro Internacional de Arte de Medellin MDE15, Museo de Antioquia’, Medellin (2015); ‘Intersecciones (después de Lautréamont)’, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grants & Commissions Program Exhibition, Miami (2015); ‘Caja de Cambios I’, Galería SENDA, Barcelona (2014). In 2013, he won the inaugural Premio Brasil – Emerging Art Price, at the Center for Contemporary Art Quito (CAC) and in 2014 he received the Premio Paris at the 12th International Cuenca Biennial: Leaving to return. He was awarded the annual Grants & Commissions Program 2015, at the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO). At the moment, Balseca is working on his new project commissioned by the Zarigüeya/Alabado Contemporáneo at the Casa del Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, opening in 2017.

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  • Gabriel Orozco

    Gabriel Orozco

    Mexico City, Mexico, b. 1962
    From 1981 to 1984, Gabriel Orozco studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico UNAM, and from 1986 to 1987 at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain. By the early 1990s, he was gaining notoriety in the international art scene. Working in drawing, photography, sculpture, and installation, Orozco utilizes materials and circumstances of his everyday encounters and routines, referencing conceptualism as well as the ready-mades of Marcel Duchamp. Playing with ideas of accessibility, Orozco’s work revolves around various repeating themes, exploring materials in a way that allows the viewer’s imagination to discover creative associations between aspects of everyday life that are often overlooked or ignored. From the very beginning of his career, Orozco’s nomadic lifestyle had an effect on both the production and the aesthetic of his work. He sought to break with the mainstream art of the 1980s, which often implied large studios with lots of assistants and elaborate systems of production and distribution. For Orozco, the lack of a primary “home base” lent a more fluid aspect to his production, allowing for the growth of a rich heteronomy of materials and themes marked by a conceptual openness to spontaneity and circumstance. It is difficult to describe Orozco’s work in terms of a physical product because he is more interested in questions than statements, emphasizing the potential in mutating materials, forms, and meanings. Gabriel Orozco has been the recipient of many awards, including: the REDCAT Award, by the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), Los Angeles in 2015; The Cultural Achievement Award granted by The Americas Society in 2014; in 2012 he was decorated as an Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Cultural Ministry; in 2006, he was the recipient of the German Blue Orange Prize granted by the German bank alliance Deutsche Volksbanken and Raiffeisenbanken of Germany. His most recent exhibitions include: Gabriel Orozco – Inner Circles, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo MOT, Tokyo, Japan 2015; Natural Motion at the Kunstahaus Bregenz, Bregenz, Austria 2013; which also travelled to the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden in 2014; Thinking in Circles at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2013. In 2012, a personal exhibition was presented at Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, which was also presented at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2013. From December 2009 to January 2011, a travelling retrospective of his work took place, beginning at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and travelling to the Kunstmuseum Basel in Basilea, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as the Tate Modern in London. His most important solo exhibitions have taken place in museums such as the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico (2007); the Palacio de Cristal, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2005); the Serpentine Gallery, London (2004); the Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico (2000); The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles MOCA (2000); Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia (1999); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, (1994); and The Museum of Modern Art MoMA, New York (1993). From 1987 to 1992, he led the Taller de los Viernes (Friday Workshop), at his home in Tlalpan, which became a nexus of discussion and artistic production in which Abraham Cruzvillegas, Gabriel Kuri, Dr. Lakra, and Damián Ortega all participated. In 2003, he curated the group exhibition Il Quoitidiano Alterato, which he presented at the 50th Venice Biennale. In 2005, the participated in the Cátedra Latinoamericana Julio Cortázar at La Universidad de Guadalajara, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Gabriel Orozco lives and works in Mexico City, New York, and Paris.

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  • Daniela Libertad

    Daniela Libertad

    Mexico City, Mexico, b. 1983

    Daniela Libertad explores the relationship between the ancestral and everyday life through the reenactment of the intimate and social rituals that pace our existence. Her multifaceted projects include public actions, installations, videos, drawings, and photography. Using these different mediums, Libertad’s work expresses the thin line that exists between philosophical discourse and concerns of the uncanny. Her recent work is an investigation on the concept of the offering and its intention of attracting or pleasing others from a deep unconscious. This exploration is connected with a syncretism of ancient Mexican rituals and Cuban Santeria.

    Recent solo exhibitions include Empujo puertas que debería jalar, jalo puertas que debería empujar at MARSO in Mexico City, Mexico, Estudio Trasladado at Cine Tonalá in Bogotá, Colombia, and Lo lleno se vacía, lo vacío se llena (das volle leert sich, das leere füllt sich) at POLY Prdouzentegalerie in Karlsruhe, Germany.

    Libertad is a graduate of Mexico’s National School of Painting and Sculpture, La Esmeralda, and has a master’s degree in visual art from New York University. She lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico and Karlsruhe, Germany.

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Each year ZONAMACO, Latin America’s most important contemporary art fair, brings collectors, specialists and galleries from every part of the world to Mexico City. Founded by Zélika García in 2002, ZONAMACO has established itself as one of the most notable platforms for selling, displaying, and promoting international contemporary art in the region.

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