Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce the eighth solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Jorge Pardo.
Jorge Pardo's newest installation transforms the gallery space into a labyrinth of interlocking structures. Like a three-dimensional library, the images, which are amassed from the internet, depict unlimited categorical scenes of nature and culture. Pardo views art largely through the perspective of design and architecture, making no hierarchical distinctions between his paintings, sculptures, installations, buildings or lamps. This work continues Pardo's interest in appropriating domestic architectural elements that are alluring, practical, and continuously question the viewer's definition and expectation of what one may consider traditional fine art.
Jorge Pardo is among the first generation of artists to utilize fully the advancement in computer technologies to explore virtual spaces, utopias and the boundaries of museum spaces. Using the language of architecture and design to engage with fine art, Pardo's practice intertwines various disciplines to renovate everyday objects, homes and museum spaces into something new that draws the viewer into an active spectatorship. His influences include artist Robert Smithson, exhibition designer Llilly Reich, architects Bruce Goff and Tando Ando, and influential 20th-Century Finnish designer Alvar Aalto. Pardo addresses issues of space and environment, the valuations of objects and artworks, questioning where art ends and real life begins.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1963, Jorge Pardo currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include mid-career surveys at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Ireland; K21, Dusseldorf; Jorge Pardo: House, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, 2007-2008, and Fundacio La Caixa, Barcelona, 2004. Architectural projects and non-specific spaces have included the renovating a colonial home in Merida, Mexico; the re-design of the installation for the Pre-Columian collection at Los Angeles Museum of Art, Los Angeles, creating a restaurant, Untitled (Café-restaurant, 2002, for the K21 Museum in Dusseldorf, and 4166 Sea View Lane, 1998, a house built as an artwork and his home for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
The exhibition will open on Saturday May 8, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. and will remain on view through June 19. Friedrich Petzel Gallery is located at 535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011. For further information, please contact the gallery at 212-680-9467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join us Sunday, May 9 at 2:30 pm as part of New York Gallery Week for a panel discussion with art historian Irving Sandler, architectural theorist and historian Nana Last and artist Jorge Pardo.
Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator
Veronica Gonzalez, Shift & Flow
Ruba Katrib, Jorge Pardo: People, Places, Things
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
edited by: Doris Krystof
with Essays by:
Lane Relyea in conversation with Jorge Pardo, 007 Interview
Christina Végh, What We Need in LIfe, 039 Survey
Chris Kraus, 3166 Sea View Lane, 105 Focus
Veronica Gonzalez, Twin time, or; how death befell me, 117 Artist's Choice
Jorge Pardo, 127 Artist's Writings
Interview: LANE RELYEA is Assistant Professor of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He writes regularly for such magazines as Artforum, Art in America, and Parkett, and he has contributed to numerous publications, including monographs on such artists as Vija Clemins (2004) and Wolfgang Tillmans (2006), and exhibition catalogues suck as 'Helter Skelter' (1992) ad 'Public Offerings' (2001).
Survey: CHRISTINA VÉGH has been Director of the Bonner Kunstverein since 2005, where she has organized exhibitions on such artists as Jonas Dahlberg and Ján Mancuska (2005) and John Baldassari (2007). In 2000 she curated an exhibition on Jorge Pardo at Kunsthalle Basel, and she has written extensively on his work. She contributes to a range of art journals, including Parkett and Kunstbulletin, and her published writing includes texts on Franz Ackerman, Yehudit Sasportas and Corey McCorkle.
Focus: CHRIS KRAUS, a writer based in Los Angeles, is founding editor of Semiotext(e)'s Native Agents imprint. She has written on art, poetics and theory for numerous academic anthologies and art magazines, and she is the author of 'Video Green', a collection of essays about Los Angeles art world.
Artist's Choice: VERONICA GONZALES is a writer based in Los Angeles. In 2004 she co-edited 'Juncture: 25 Very Good Stories and 12 Excellent Drawings', an anthology of art and fiction published by Soft Skull Press. 'Twin time: or; how death befell me' is her first novel. She is married to Jorge Pardo.
Artist's Writings: JORGE PARDO is an artist whose work engages functional forms to challenge the notion of public space and private utility. Included here is 'Proposal for the movie theater The Oliver', an outdoor cinema pavilion in Braunschweig, Germany, as well as a 1999 conversation with long-time friend and collaborator Jan Tumlir.
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