Gabriel Sierra


Notice: the title of the exhibition will change every hour

10:00 am   Monday Impressions. 

11:00 am   How the Outside Leaks into the Room.

12:00 ­pm   Smells Like 100 Years Old.

1:00 pm     The Room Is in My Eye. The Space under My Body.

2:00 pm     In the Meantime, (This Place Will Be Empty after 5:00 pm).

3:00 pm     An Actual Location for This Moment.

4:00 pm     Few Will Leave Their Place to Come Here for Some Minutes. 

5:00 pm     Did You Know Who Built Your House? 

The Renaissance Society presents a new, site-specific installation by Gabriel Sierra, the Bogotá-based artist’s first solo show in the United States.

Sierra is intrigued by the language of man-made objects and the dimensions of the spaces in which we live, work, and think. His practice employs a variety of techniques – from sculpture and spatial interventions to performance and texts – to examine how the human body functions in relation to its environment. Originally trained in architecture and design, Sierra’s work draws on the history of Latin American Modernism.

His project at the Renaissance Society consists of a group of constructions to stand in or to walk over, which relate abstractly to the idea of inhabiting different moments of space and time. The artist considers the title to be the most important component of the exhibition: it changes every hour to frame the specific moment in which the visitor experiences the work. This shifting title experiments with how environments, and the exhibition in particular, are perceived across time. Each of the eight titles introduces a different logic to the space of the gallery. (The title on the entrance wall will be change hourly keeping the format regularly used by the institution.)

The installation consists of 14 areas or structures, each with a suggestion for engaging with it. These instructions function in a similar way to the exhibition title by influencing the behavior of the visitor, whose actions are required to activate the works. The combination of spaces and times creates an infinite number of phenomenological perspectives on the exhibition.

The constructions and their related instructions refer to the transitional realm of the antechamber. They are not destinations in themselves, but passages of experience leading from one to another, momentary neutral zones.

An exhibition catalogue featuring essays by Douglas Fogle and Irene V. Small and documentation of the installation is forthcoming.

Gabriel Sierra (born 1975, San Juan Nepomuceno, Colombia) lives and works in Bogotá. Recent solo exhibitions include ggaabbrriieellssiieerrrraa at Kurimanzutto, Mexico City, Mexico (2013) and Thus Far at Peephole, Milan, Italy (2013). His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Do Objeto para o Mundo, COLEÇÃO INHOTIM, Itaú Cultutal, São Paulo (2015),Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative: Latin America, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2014), Impulse, Reason, Sense, Conflict at Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (2014) and The 2013 Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2013).

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