Artists: Miguel Covarrubias, Germán Cueto, Graciela Iturbide, Juan Kraeppellin, Jesús “Chucho” Reyes Ferreira, Eduardo Terrazas, Francisco Toledo, Germán Venegas, Marius de Zayas
Exhibition title: MARGEN-BORDE-ORILLA
Curated by: Patrick Charpenel
Venue: Páramo, Guadalajara, Mexico
Date: February 3 – April 8, 2017
Photography: Cary Whittier, all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Páramo
The exhibition at Páramo will display over one hundred compositions, each executed in diverse techniques and various mediums, including: photography, film, sculpture, drawing, and painting. The abstract portraits by Marius de Zayas, the shapeless constructions by Germán Cueto, the concentric forms by Eduardo Terrazas, the pictorial gestures by Jesús “Chucho” Reyes Ferreira, the body-weight rock sculptures by Juan Kraeppellin, the ethnographic illustrations by Miguel Covarrubias, the mythological masses by Germán Venegas, and the delirious eroticism by Francisco Toledo together make a universe of Mexico, which is then profoundly investigated through the photographs by Graciela Iturbide. These works reveal a series of singular worlds, unveiled as a set of individual visions with great courage and artistic personality.
Today we are experiencing a moment where the media marks the limit of thinking, and where everything appears to flow complacently inside the margins, borders, and edges of the art system. The works included in this exhibition, produced during this great span of time, are the antithesis of this complacency. The compositions of these courageous artists move steadfastly in the other direction. The “eccentricity” that characterizes these combatant artistic souls is the biggest treasure—it is the action that always develops from outside of the center, based on convictions that are born, most profoundly, in the spirit of autonomy.
Patrick Charpenel is a collector, curator, author, and trained philosopher. Charpenel has presented a number of important exhibitions both in Mexico and internationally, such as: Gabriel Orozco at the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City, Walking / Walks Francis Alÿs at the Museum Modern Art, Mexico City, Franz West at the Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Inter play at Moore Space, Miami, among others. He was the previous director of the Collection/Foundation JUMEX in Mexico City and currently serves as the co-curator of the Estancia FEMSA Casa Barragán in Mexico City.