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MEXICO. Ruben Grilo. Draped Extension. Future Gallery

february 6 – april 7, 2018

Future Gallery is proud to announce the inauguration of our new Mexico City space located in a traditional casita on the rooftop of the historic Humboldt building in the Centro Historico district.

The exhibition will be an extension of the Draped show currently on view in our Berlin space, featuring a new constellation of works by Rubén Grilo, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Femke Herregraven, and Nicolas Pelzer

“Draped”, is a group exhibition featuring new works by Rubén Grilo, Spiros Hadjidjanos, Femke Herregraven and Nicolas Pelzer. Drapery refers to fabric used for decorative purposes. Fabric in general is thought of as woven threads bound together into a whole often used for clothing or wrapping something. The examples in the show offer different often counterintuitive lines of logic regarding the utility of fabric. Through digital processes these seamingly textile generated works have been manifested as: laser etched sheets of denim demonstrating the reversal of labor driven wear and tear, a 3D printed cloth with an extruded photograph coming out of it, the satellite infrared financial geo-mapping of a resource rich landscape in east Africa, and a stretched acrylic print usually used as an advertisement but rather used to demonstrate what a 3D rendered archaic tool would look like.

‘Pattern Free: Ripped from Zara’ is an ongoing series of work Rubén Grilo started in 2013. Grilo will present works from this series, where he reproduces the “used look” of Zara jeans. Examining the relationship between the body and craftsmen work, he designs industrial objects targeted for consumption and is observing the field of artistic production from the industrial perspective and vice-versa. Revealing the jeans traces of usage can be attributed to wear and tear caused by movement and friction, but here they are laser etched. This laser technique derives from high-street fashion, which helps to imprint the denim cloth with a single mark that can be replicated several times. He is designing creations of grotesque body imagery as huge handprints. Grilo’s observation of a fashion detail leads to the history of the material that is at the same time a history of altered body-labor relations. Marks of physical labor becoming almost obsolete in the digital era, artificial signs of hard work becoming increasingly exoticized. Grilo’s usage of standardization, scaling and abstraction deals with the history of industrialization and modern production with a view on the cultural digital paradigm shift and the Internet.

Ruben Grilo (Lugo 1981), lives and works in Berlin. Selected solo exhibitions include ‘Solo’, Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid (2017); ‘Proof of Concept’, Union Pacific, London (2016); ‘Rubén Grilo’, Fundació Joan Miró – Espai13, Barcelona (2015); ‘Mit eigener Hand’, Kunstverein Hildesheim (2014); ‘Drawings of Alien Control’, V4ULT, Berlin (2013); ‘The Need for Speed’, CIRCA Projects, Newcastle upon Tyne (2013); ‘Bioscope’ Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam (2012); ‘They’re Not All Funny, but They’re in a Row’ 1646 (La Haya) o ‘PowerPoint Karaoke’, MARCO, Vigo (2011). He has also participated in group shows at la Casa Encendida, Madrid (2017), el Künstlerhaus Halle für Künst & Medien, Graz (2015); Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam (2013); Tatjana Pieters, Ghent (2012); CSS Bard, New York (2011); CGAC, Santiago de Compostela (2009), amongst others.

Grilo has been a resident artist at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam (2011-2013) and Gasworks, London (2015), and he has received the Fundación Botín grant, Santander (2013), the ARCO prize from Comunidad de Madrid (2016), and Generación 2017 prize. (Future gallery press-release)

Future Gallery Casita. Edificio Humboldt. Calle del Artículo 123 116, #401. Colonia Centro, Juárez, 06000. Ciudad de México

Image: Rubén Grilo