By Abigail Yue Wang
A group exhibition concerning Colombian contemporary art at Shonibare Studio until July 30, 2014.
This month’s new guest at Shonibare Studio is a group exhibition concerning Colombian contemporary art curated by John Angel Rodriguez. Wearing an elliptical title Vanishing Points, the exhibition itself is in search of the current identity of new Colombian art. The curator Rodriguez ponders on the engagement between Colombia’s artistic environment and the world at large. Derived as a term in drawing, vanishing point is a geometrical phenomenon where two apparent parallel lines would at last converge in the infinite distance. And this is how Rodriguez considers Colombian art today: growing, expanding, running so close to its surrounding world that it naturally intersects with the parallel environment. “The fluxus between those lines is what generates a constant set of indeterminate possibilities”. Rodriguez noted a quote from Gilles Deleuze. As it is already happening, new Colombian art has sprouted from its local political context, with its dynamic strains of talents, new artists are showing prominent possibilities to be part of the international dialogue.
The exhibition spans across disciplines – paintings, drawings, installations, multimedia and participatory projects – conceived by some of the most prosperous minds of Colombia today. Exhibiting artists include Rodrigo Echeverri, Alberto Lezaca, Carlos Franklin, Nicolás Paris, Esteban Sánchez, Miler Lagos, María Fernanda Plata and Widy Ortiz. The perspectives compiled by the chosen assembly are sincere and dynamic concerns of the microscopic, as well as the universal. Coming back to very idea of vanishing points, it is new Colombian artists meet the world, as much as that the world arrives at them. Such rich sphere created by our intersections is perhaps the intention of Vanishing Points – an artist pinpoints art from the encompassing world, but a generation can yield a world out of its encompassing art.
Guest Projects is an initiative conceived by Shonibare Studio to offer the opportunity for artistic practitioners, of any artistic discipline, to have access to a free project space for one month. As a laboratory of ideas, it is a testing ground for new thoughts and actions and it provides an alternative universe and playground for artists.
Vanishing Points is on until July 30, 2014
Guest Projects, 1 Andrews Road, London E8 4QL