(Los Angeles, US)
Ibid Gallery presents the debut Los Angeles solo exhibition of new works by five-time PIPA Prize nominee Rodrigo Matheus. Named “Soft Spectacle”, the exhibition showcases Matheus’ typical metaphorical assemblage of ephemera to create collages which challenge the perception of objects as subjects by detaching them from their routine uses. “Soft Spectacle” will feature in Gallery Two until November 4th and is part of the Getty’s Participating Gallery Program “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA”.
With the relationship between the New World and Old World in mind on the eve of the “PST: LA/LA”, this new series of collages consider the economic pie-cutting of the Americas by Europe. The Brazil-born, Paris-based artist arranges anachronistic banker’s notes, land deeds, photographs, and paperwork to create maps of geography, history, and visibility. Recalling marionette strings and navigational charts, the currency papers and land deeds are mixed in with photographs of European migrants in consideration of the forces of colonization on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. The collages remain open in their reading, cautious of re-telling stories already calcified in public thought.
The associations proposed by the group of works offer a tale that evokes, through its arrangements, the traumatic process of colonization, modernization, and, therefore, globalization. “Soft Spectacle” brings a resonance that allows one to perceive this process not necessarily as a continuation of facts but perhaps as a story that questions the relevance of a system whose collective success ignores the fragility of the individuals crushed and absorbed by society. Take a look at some of the pieces in the exhibit:
“Soft Spectacle”, solo show by Rodrigo Matheus
On show from September 9th through November 4th, 2017
Ibid Gallery Los Angeles
670 S Anderson Street
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