Lives and works in Mexico City
Ricardo Rendón’s artistic practice is concrete and tangible as much as it is abstract and conceptual. If his creative process is based on a material-oriented approach and a manual ability honed over many years of practice, the essence of his art centres on an intellectual investigation of the fundamental laws that rule nature and the universe: gravitation, matter and light. Working at the limit of the physical substance of the artwork, the artist challenges the idea of its traditional stability, opting for mutable and transforming formations.
For Somos Constelaciones, the site-specific project conceived by Rendón for Art Paris, the artist has taken advantage of Newton’s law of gravity. He has created abstract compositions resembling a configuration of stars by using the physical weight of a brass plumb and pulleys inserted into the wall to keep a steel cable in tension through an accurate balancing act between matter and void. Rendón’s Constelaciones are the result of a manual gesture comparable to the act of weaving. Their essence however, as the title reveals, points at a reflection over the space they (or we?) occupy within the cartography of the universe. As the artists explains “In the end we are made of the same matter as the stars.”
(Text by Valentina Locatelli)