PIERO ATCHUGARRY PRESENTS (t, x, y, z) - 4 LATIN AMERICAN SCULPTORS IN 4 DIMENSIONS
A satellite exhibition in Miami’s Design District celebrates contemporary Latin American artists Verónica Vázquez (1970, Uruguay), Pablo Rasgado (1984, Mexico), Artur Lescher (1962, Brazil) and Túlio Pinto (1974, Brazil).
An abbreviation of the four dimensions as understood in the theory of special relativity, (t, x, y, z), presents four sculptors operating at the intersection of time and space. Traditional sculpture is presented in three dimensional form, intended to be circulated and observed by a viewer. The variables of light and the physical viewpoint of the spectator form a gestalt that yields the human perception of what a sculpture is. (t, x, y, z) reverses the encounter between sculpture and viewer, so that the viewer’s preconceptions of temporality and spatial relationships are shaped by the sculptures themselves.
Hailing from Uruguay, Mexico and Brazil, each of the four artists has a signature sculptural practice that redefines our understanding of time, space and gravity.
Pablo Rasgado and Túlio Pinto freeze and displace their sculptures in time, entangling the
viewer in an amalgamation of past, present and future. Mexico City-based artist Rasgado reinterprets found materials, taking deconstructed buildings and reorganizing their pieces to create sculptures that then serve as an index of their original context. While Porto Alegre-based artist Túlio Pinto works to establish a conflicting yet symbiotic relationship between his materials, blown glass and steel. Glass appears to be frozen in a moment of pressure between steel restraints, yet that pressure seems to slowly escape like air out of a tire.
Suspended and freestanding sculptures by Artur Lescher and Verónica Vázquez defy gravity and manipulate negative space, prescribing a new order of physics to be observed by the viewer. Human association becomes subject to the rules of space and time as laid out by the autonomous sculpture. On one hand, São Paulo-based artist Artur Lescher alters the viewer’s sense of gravity, suspending and upholding pieces in unusual ways that capture his simplistic approach. An on the other, Verónica Vázquez weaves and suspends her rugged materials, such as cardboard and iron, creating formal rhythms through negative space.
Since its inception in Garzón, Uruguay, Piero Atchugarry expanded his program to North America to a 9,000-square-foot warehouse in Miami’s renowned Design District neighborhood. PA Takeover began in 2019, when the Piero Atchugarry Gallery held a solo exhibition by Túlio Pinto at Fondamenta San'Apollonia in Venice during the Biennale. PA Takeover broadens the Piero Atchugarry program outside the gallery walls, engaging new audiences and communities, while also challenging the gallery’s represented artists to think on their feet, adapting to and confronting new floor plans and sites.
Occupying two stories of a Palm Court storefront in Miami’s Design District, (t, x, y, z) is a PA Takeover satellite exhibition. While Miami begins its transition back into public life, (t, x, y, z) will be open by May 25, 2020, with social distancing measures in place.
Palm Court, Suite 102/202
140 NE 39th St, Miami, FL 33137