Erin Cluley Gallery
Zona Maco SUR
Curated by João Mourão and Luis Silva
Geometric Gold and Eyeless Eagles
Mexico-born, Dallas-based Francisco Moreno began his SLATES project with the simple guideline that all pieces must be in a format of 4 units x 3 units with .5 unit radius curved corners. Within the project, Moreno works on a number of series that explore a variety of materials, techniques, and art historical references.
The title of the show, Geometric Gold and Eyeless Eagles, is a straightforward description of the two series on display.
Here, Moreno presents two contrasting bodies of work dispersed amongst each other. Using the motif of a modular panel with curved corners, Moreno observes the relationship between
individual and collective identities. Each SLATE presents itself like a unicellular organism, able to exist on its own; furthermore, when the SLATEs are presented together they create a postmodern superorganism – the juxtaposition of different materials accentuating their physical properties. For example, the weight of the volcanic rock appears heavier when presented next to the cardboard slabs; the eyeless eagles appear more expressive when presented next to the stark geometry of the golden abstractions. These combinations are intuitively realized and the repetition of the SLATEs uniquely archetypal form then presents a visual sentence of creative inquiry, a “non-verbal chain of thought”.
The Geometric Gold series explore a stark abstraction of gold glaze on volcanic rock. Produced in collaboration with Ceramica Suro in Guadalajara, Mexico, the logic of the geometric shapes is determined by the dimensions of the SLATE. The circles and semi-circles echo the curves of the slab; the lines and curves are repeatedly aligned on either a half, a quarter, or an eighth of its edges; the positive and negative space generated by the overlapping of its geometric shapes.
The Eyeless Eagle’s are painted on custom 6ply cardboard slabs. Since becoming a United States citizen in 2007, Moreno has been fascinated by notions of ownership in regards to the American identity. With the apparent rise of xenophobia and racism in the United States, Moreno explores the disconnect between the individual and the American icon. The bald eagles are painted eyeless, stripping them of the characteristic that gives them the most strength in the animal Kingdom. Yet they continue moving, flying, and calling.