DALLAS / SEATTLE - CYDONIA is pleased to announce a curated exhibition at the second Seattle Art Fair featuring artists from Mexico, Scotland, and Poland. Julieta Aguinaco, Oscar Berglund, Olga Mokrzycka-Grospierre and Bronwen Sleigh develop armatures to understand architecture.
In the context of Seattle’s definitive and remarkable architectural history, CYDONIA has selected works specifically for the fair. Space and Place demonstrates how architecture is the backbone of visual culture. Where art and architecture collide and merge is where this multi-media exhibition begins.
Warsaw-based Mokrzycka-Grospierre’s works occupy one side of the booth. Her background in set design informs her painting practice. Each object exists as mise-en-scene, defined by perspective and space. Elements are assembled and disassembled to create a sense of foreground and background, never referencing traditional landscapes. Instead, they function as micro-political negotiations between the communist architecture and life post-1988, when Poland collapsed its prior government and turned towards capitalism, opening the country to new opportunity, wealth, and freedom.
Travels to faraway locations and studies of surrounding architectonic structures of a region inform Glaswegian Bronwen Sleigh’s work. Her drawings collapse and then expand traditional visual perspective. Two colorful reconfigurations of Barcelona’s Olympic stadium demonstrate new ways to understand the motives behind design for the masses. Recently, Sleigh ventured into 3-D work. In Lac Eigen I, a small aerial sculpture, shaped linear structures undermine and escape the traditional frame, whilst remaining composed.
If art is function-less and architecture is functional, how does one define the objects in the Space and Place? Seattle’s iconic Space Needle embodied the era’s faith in the future and technology, in exploration. Can works about architecture embody the utopian ideas the original architects originally designed? How much of the architect’s original vision remains? Examples of photography, painting, drawing and sculpture from around the globe present possible answers.
Julieta Aguinaco’s paintings encapsulate elements of time. The rising Mexican star incorporates man-made structures which serve as markers of human civilization. Aguinaco’s works are devoid of human form, yet she depicts the physical impact of humanity in the monuments they construct.
Lastly, Swedish-Mexican Oscar Berglund’s photo documentation of the recent past and modern ruins provide insight into the ways things once were. It is impossible to remove architecture from history. When we look at ruins, we discover the ways in which they were originally constructed. Examining the decay of monuments is an archaeology that provides answers to how we might live tomorrow.