José León Cerrillo
Mexican, born 1976
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2017
Continuum (now-point with horizon of the past),
Galerie Mitterrand
José León Cerrillo - The New Baroque,
Andréhn-Schiptjenko
2014
José León Cerrillo - The New Psychology,
Andréhn-Schiptjenko

Working with simple geometric systems, José León Cerrillo deconstructs the legacies of modernist design, architecture, and art, which are particularly palpable in Mexico City where he lives. Two types of work characterize Cerrillo’s oeuvre: large metal forms, which act as framing devices for exhibition spaces, and glass panels layered with geometric figures. For the artist, these symbols and shapes allude to the kinds of modernist vocabularies advocated by Russian constructivism and the Bauhaus school, two movements notable for their utopian aspirations. In Cerrillo’s handling, the meaningless juxtaposition of forms and symbols suggests the failure of modernism and highlight its status as a purely formal language.