On the night of August 30th, from 8 to 11PM, Yautepec will host a special exhibition of eight video works by the Mexican artist, Calixto Ramírez, the first such presentation of his work.
The artist's uncommonly transient upbringing — having moved between towns and cities eighteen times and homes twenty-seven times — drives a core instinct in his utilitarian video-making practice, in which physical artifacts of the works are never conserved and any materials introduced by the artist are sourced on- or near-site, or can be readily carried by the artist himself.
Ramírez uses video as a support for four distinct lines of work referencing painting, drawing, sculpture, and action-performance. Typically shot in fixed-frame and in single takes, he devises deceptively simple gestures or repetitive acts of physical labor within carefully chosen environments in order to transform those environments into the finishing materials necessary for his fully realized compositions.
In translating and absorbing the visual languages of those four disciplines into a single medium defined by movement, sound, and intangibility, Ramírez is able to move lightly, nomadically, seeking out desired conditions or simply awaiting the works to reveal themselves. In this way, each piece becomes itself a marker left along the trail of a longer journey, one unrestrained by the burden of physicality.