Víctor Vázquez’s “Fractures” will be on view September 19 through October 19, 2013, at Juan Ruiz Gallery. The gallery is located at 301 NW 28th Street in Miami, Florida. The opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 19, from 7:00 to 10:00pm.
Description (by art historian Laura Bravo): Víctor Vázquez, interested more in the fragment than in the whole, brings to pieces the ruinous building located on San José Street into the exhibition space, even though that which he found out there was always already a pile of shreds.
Through this process, the artist strives to deprive the building of its poetical hue and foreground its present meaninglessness, its having lost its former meaning because it lost its political splendor long ago. That is why Vázquez pores over the documents that bear witness of the architectural spoils, over the representation of this tremulous bone structure that was once robust, over the portrait of its walls, now a diseased waning skin, over that of the vomited dust coming after the last heartthrobs of the building, and over that of the last pool of petrified blood fixed on the ground when the structured that held it together ceased to exist. Like a forensic anatomist who plays the part of an urban anthropologist, Víctor Vázquez gathers the forgotten remains of a decomposed corpse and relocates them in the context of the museum, thus transforming that chaos into the methodical and scrupulous order a scientist would give them, and puts their naked existence under the scrutiny of social and political analysis. In this sense, there could be no better metaphor of Linda Nochlin’s thesis —proposed 20 years ago in her The Body in Pieces— that fragments, ruins and mutilation echo the mourning for past grandeur as a whole, which can only be revisited through its remains amidst modernity.
The requiem that echoes in Fractures is rooted in Víctor Vázquez’s proposal concerning the death of a building, of its occupants and of the past, but it in turn projects the demise of a socio-cultural model and the crisis of an identity whose definition will take eternity.
For original post, see http://artcircuits.com/gallery_view/129