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Margarita Cabrera Space in Between - Agave (Laura Gutierrez), 2016. Courtesy of the artist

MARGARITA CABRERA

It is Impossible to Cover the Sun with a Finger

27 JANUARY – 17 MARCH 2019

“Es Imposible Tapar el Sol con un Dedo,” translates to “It is Impossible to Cover the Sun with a Finger.” The saying is a common metaphor within Latin American communities, used to show how reality can only partially be disguised. In other words, one can block the sun with his or her finger, but it will continue to shine. This survey exhibition highlights Cabrera’s ongoing exploration of sociopolitical issues such as migration, labor practices, and economic empowerment. As an immigrant from Mexico, Cabrera’s work conceptually and formally considers the impact of border politics.

 

The sculptural replicas of desert plants are a part of an ongoing series titled Space in Between, a collaborative project between Cabrera and immigrant communities. The species of cacti represented by the soft sculptures are indigenous to border states in the Southwest United States; the sculptures are formed from border patrol uniforms found in El Paso flea markets. Workshop participants used traditional Mexican embroidery techniques to share their own border-crossing narratives. The iconography and images stitched into the material recount individual tales of success, perseverance, tragedy, and heartbreak. This installation of the cacti sculptures creates a landscape for visitors to walk through, emulating the journey and scenery experienced by the immigrants who created the works.

 

Also on view is a new series of prints created in 2018 that recycle symbols used throughout the artist’s career. Butterflies, pennies, and cacti are all utilized to represent the relationship between Latin American production and American consumption. The sacrifice of Mexican culture in the name of American consumerism is a constant theme in Cabrera’s work.

 

Presented in a factory-turned-museum located in a border state, this exhibition positions the artist’s oeuvre as an aesthetic platform for transforming contemporary issues into humanized, universal narratives: safety, power, belonging. Cabrera’s promotion of cross-cultural exchange allows for multiple perspectives to be heard and illustrates the importance of seeing in the round.

 

Margarita Cabrera was born in Monterrey, Mexico. She received her MFA from Hunter College in New York City in 2001. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the El Museo del Barrio in New York, and the McNay Museum in San Antonio, among others. Cabrera was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2007. She is presently working on a public art commission in San Antonio, Texas. The artist lives and works in El Paso, Texas.

 

Curated by Emily Edwards, Curatorial Assistant

 

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NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS

 

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Ian Davenport Untitled Circle Painting: Blue/Pale Grey/Blue, 2005

Courtesy of the artist and Waddington Custot Galleries

IAN DAVENPORT

Horizons

30 SEPTEMBER – 17 MARCH 2019

The colorful drips of paint in Ian Davenport’s paintings create multi-layered sets of information for viewers to absorb, process, and consider. More concerned with the function of paint as a material than with standard color theory, the work ultimately questions the practice of painting.

 

Historically, painting served as a method in which to represent reality, and artists have long used the tools of perspective and composition to render depictions of the world. Ian Davenport approaches the discipline from a radically different direction. By positioning painting itself as the subject of his research, the artist’s oeuvre acts as a vehicle for new thought around the medium. Consequently, Davenport’s work helps to debunk the common perception that art is measured solely by technique, and remains true to post-conceptual movements by challenging the definition of “labor” in painting.

 

Horizons presents a group of works mapping the ongoing development of the artist’s career. Demonstrating his interest in the theatrics of painting, influence from American abstract painters such as Jackson Pollock and Brice Marden can be found in these bodies of works. The emergence of post-conceptualism in the 1970s ensured complete freedom from the constraints of pure painting technique. Davenport’s process of dripping paint onto metal sheeting results in repetitive lines, imbuing the paintings with a sense of anonymity. Though his presence remains firmly in the background, this aesthetic forces viewers to actively look at the painting.

 

Ian Davenport lives and works in London. He holds a BA from Goldsmiths College, University of London and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1991, for which he remains the youngest-ever nominee. His work is included in many public collections such as the Tate, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas. Davenport has exhibited internationally over the past two decades, with solo exhibitions in Geneva and Saõ Paulo, and in various group shows including the Royal Academy, London. Most recently, his monumental work, Giardini Colourfall, was included in the 2017 Venice Biennale, Italy.

 

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director

 

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NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS

 

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ANONYMOUS   SAMI ARSLANLAR + JOHN CLUTTS   Tammy Cotton Hartnett

DAN GALERIA   GALERIE ANDRES THALMANN, ZÜRICH   MARK GIAMBRONE

CARLO GIORDANETTI   SUZANNE + JOHN GOLDEN

LAREE HULSHOFF + BEN FISCHER   MOLLY + JAMES LAZAR

ANN + JOHN McREYNOLDS   CARA + GARY OWENS

BINA PALNITKAR PATEL + DR. NIMESH PATEL   LIZZIE + DAN ROUTMAN

DEBORAH + JOHN SCOTT   LISA SHARDON + ANGELO DeFILIPPO

BETTY + STEVE SILVERMAN   JOHN SUGHRUE

 

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Margarita Cabrera Space in Between - Agave (Laura Gutierrez), 2016. Courtesy of the artist

JEREMY SCOTT

VIVA AVANT GARDE: A JEREMY SCOTT RETROSPECTIVE

27 JANUARY – 17 MARCH 2019

Curated by Peter Doroshenko, Executive Director

 

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NANCY C. + RICHARD R. ROGERS

 

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ZOE + DAVID BONNETTE    HEIDI + BILL DILLON

HANS THURNAUER CHARITABLE LEAD TRUST    MUFFIN + JOHN LEMAK

 

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