Marian Goodman Gallery New York is delighted to announce a solo presentation of work by Cristina Iglesias, Entwined, which will open on Tuesday January 9th and be on view through Saturday, February 10th, 2018.
Throughout her career, Iglesias has defined a unique sculptural vocabulary, building immersive and experiential environments that reference and unite architecture, literature and culturally site-specific influences. Through a language of constructed and natural forms rendered in various materials and ranging from suspended pavilions, latticed panels, passageways, mazes, to walls inbued with texts and structural and vegetative forms, she poetically redefines space by confounding interior and exterior, organic and artifice, combining industrial materials with natural elements to produce unexpected new sensory sites for the viewer.
For the upcoming exhibition, Iglesias has created several mural pieces that seem to grow from the ground along the walls. Reminding us that life lies under everything we stand upon, the pieces invade the walls, constructing various forms. Looking closer, we discover details that recall a kind of crystallized nature.
There is a transition throughout the space to the “Phreatic Zones” in the South Gallery, featuring sculptural works with water made of cast aluminum set within a terraced gallery floor, in which water ebbs and flows over organic relief forms. Bringing the city plaza into the gallery, Iglesias once again gives us a public site for contemplation and communion, while hinting at the pulsating, beating body of water barely contained underneath. Just as Deep Fountain and Tres Aguas brought a rising water pool and a river back to the respective cities of Antwerp and Toledo, Phreatic Zones recalls the rivers ever present in the history and life of cities.
All the spaces unite to become imaginary places representing urban plazas as well as topographical, fictional sensory spaces. In this alternate world, the constraints of architecture dissolve into landscape as the water and the cast roots flow in a carefully syncopated choreography of movement and sound, as the filling and emptying of a vessel occurs.
In 1996, Iglesias was invited to build her first large-scale public work using water for the city of Antwerp, which resulted in a dynamic, expansive well in the large public square in front of the Museum Voor Schone Kunsten. She has continued to explore the concepts of the underground through her
ongoing Pozo pieces, having made her first pozo in 2006 . In these well sculptures, water runs in differently timed cycles, inviting the viewer to think about an unseen below, an undefined depth that existence and understanding of the three coexisting cultures living at the same time in Toledo, Spain. Submerged Settings, isa work made with the Mexican Foundation of Environmental Education, and as part of a project to create a marine refuge beneath the sea and amid the reefs in Baja California (2010). Gates-Threshold is a work at the doors of the extension of The Prado Mseum in Madrid (2007). Deep Fountain (1997-2006), is at the entrance to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp.
Iglesias has participated in numerous international exhibitions and international public commissions to date. She represented Spain at the 1986 and 1993 Venice Biennales and has participated in others such as the Sydney Biennale in 1990 and 2012, and Site Sante Fe in 2008. Forthcoming projects include a solo exhibition planned for October 2018 at the Botin Foundation, Santander, Spain, preceded by Villa Iris Visual Arts Workshop in September, an initiative of the Botin Foundation.
Recent solo shows of Iglesias’ work include Cristina Iglesias, at the Musée de Grenoble, France (2016), On Reality, with Thomas Struth, Ivorypress Space, Madid, Spain and Cristina Iglesias, BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium (both 2014), a large retrospective, Metonimia, at Museo
Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid (2013), A Place of Reflection, Casa Franças, Rio de Janeiro (2013) as well as previous solo shows at Fondazione Arnaldo Pomodoro, Milan (2009), Ludwig Museum, Cologne (2006), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin and Whitechapel Gallery, London (both 2003), Museu Serralves, Fundaçao Serralves, Oporto (2002), Guggenheim New York (1997) and Guggenheim Bilbao (1999), among others.
Recent and ongoing group exhibitions in 2017-2018 include Art and Space, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain; Espacio tiempo: Sobre Espacitiempo: Sobre la luz como materia, instrument y lenguaje, DA2, Salamanca, Spain; El arate y el Sistema (del arte), Artium Museum, Vitoria, Spain ; Grey Matters, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Discursos Premeditados Colección Fundación
Caja Mediterráneo, Museo de bellas artes de Valencia, Spain; Artists’ Choice: Works from the Serralves Collection, Porto, Portugal.
Please join us at the opening reception for the artist Tuesday, January 9th, from 6-8 pm.