> MAURICIO ALEJO (méx)
«Los objetos familiares tienen su lugar en nuestro entorno y parecen encajar en un mapa natural del mundo. Lo que hago es llevarlos a una nueva narrativa que no obedece a su funcionalidad; en su mayoría obedecen a una intuición específica que tengo sobre el espacio, el tiempo, la materialidad, el desplazamiento o la fuerza física. La mayoría de mis obras provienen de pensamientos que aún no se han formado como una idea. Los resultados, desprovistos de significado explícito o metáfora, apuntan en todas direcciones. El remanente psicológico creado por la violencia infligida en esta narrativa, a veces, se presenta como absurdo pero esto es sólo un subproducto de lo que, en realidad, es una experiencia del mundo primordial, un tanto idiosincrática».
Familiar objects have their place in our surroundings and they seem to fit in a natural map of the world. What I do is to bring them to a new narrative which doesn’t obey their functionality; they mostly arise from a specific intuition I have about space, time, materiality, displacement or physical force. Most of my pieces come from thoughts which are not yet formed as an idea. The results, devoid of explicit meaning or metaphor, point in every direction. The psychological remanent created by the violence inflicted on this narrative sometimes presents itself as absurdity but this is just a byproduct of what, actually, is a primal, somewhat idiosyncratic, experience of the world.
Mauricio Alejo was born in Mexico City in 1969. He earned his Master of Art from New York University in 2002, as a Fulbright Grant recipient. In 2007, he was a resident artist at NUS Centre for the Arts in Singapore. He has received multiple awards and grants, including the New York Foundation for the Arts grant in 2008. His work is part of important collections such as Daros Latinoamérica Collection in Zürich . His work has been reviewed in important journals, such as Flash Art; Art News and Art in America. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Japan, Madrid, Paris and Mexico. His work has been shown at CCA Wattis Institute of Contemporary Arts in San Francisco; Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid and The 8th Havana Biennial among other venues. He currently lives and works in New York City