Wilfredo Prieto + Ignacio Uriarte "I Am Making Art"
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Taka Ishii Gallery is pleased to announce the debut exhibition in Japan of the conceptual artists Wilfredo Prieto and Ignacio Uriarte. The show is entitled "I Am Making Art" referring to John Baldessari's 1971 film piece.
With irony and humour Prieto moves transforms words into "reality" using simple elements from daily life, ultimately presenting a quiet yet strong message full of impact. His works often take the form of site-specific installations. For example, in "Optical Art" (1999), he painted ripened mangoes green so that they remained in a state of perpetuity. In "Untitled (White library)" (2004-2006), Prieto substituted blank white paper for books suggesting that silence is worth as much if not more than a thousand words. In "Scale of Values" (2001), he used plastic cups filled with rum, beer, wine, soft drinks and water to visually literalize a scale of value. In "Yes/No" (2002), he used the simple movement of portable fans -up and down (yes) and side to side (no)- to resemble that of a human face, making them function as an understated yet understandable language.
My starting point is little creative moments within office routines, which mostly have ridiculously small 'artistic' aspect to them.
Some of Uriarte's representative works include "Envelope" (2003) in which an inside-out envelope is installed on the wall, "A line up and down and a A-4 sheet" (2004) where 21 A4 sheets are folded at increasing heights, each one 1.2 cm higher than the previous and 21 A4 sheets are folded at decreasing heights, each one 1.2 cm lower than the previous. Each group is fixed onto an opposing wall as a sequence with a central line made of folds crossing all pages. "Vorwärts Rückwärts" (2005) is a video piece in which the words typed by a typewriter which appear on the screen signify 'forward (vorwärts)' and 'backwards (rückwärts)', and "From 6h to 8b" (2007), a monochrome drawing made using a total of 15 Castell 9000 series pencils, covering a full gray scale with every possible pencil lead hardness ranging from 6h to 8b.
For their joint exhibitions in Tokyo and Kyoto, Prieto and Uriarte will present a selection of new and past works in a variety of media.