PROXYCO Gallery, NYC
PROXYCO is pleased to present A Room is Made Up of Other Spaces, an exhibition with works by Ana Elena Garuz, Veronica Lehner, and Fabiola Menchelli, and curated by Daniel Garza Usabiaga. The work of these artists constantly addresses the notion of space or engages with specific spatial situations for their production and presentation. Although working in different media – installation, painting, sculpture or photography – they privilege non-figurative and constructivist solutions and share, among other things, an interest in color and other pictorial concerns that can be tied to the legacy of monochrome painting and geometric abstraction. For this exhibition, they actively participated in different ways in its articulation and final arrangement. Having the architecture of PROXYCO as the starting point, the presence of their artworks creates a complex spatial scene and establishes a new set of situational relations.
Lehner’s work, produced for this exhibition, takes as its departing point the architecture of the gallery. One section of the window’s façade seems to unfold toward the inside through a solution that gathers architectonic, sculptural and pictorial concerns. Ana Elena Garuz’s wall pieces highlights the presence of a constructive material and explores it as a plastic surface. Her work presents a study in line and materiality, and its relation with architecture, by alluding to the presence of a quotidian object: blue tape. Through multiple exposures and different constructivist solutions, Menchelli creates abstract compositions that seek to trace, translate, balance and expand the space within the frame in a simple gesture. As such, these interventions refuse to conceptualize space as a passive receptacle. Instead, their works deal with its transformation. It is space as a moment of change, a passage from one configuration to another.
-Daniel Garza Usabiaga