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Yautepec is excited to announce the first exhibition of its 2012 program, "Supremat" by Mexico City-based artist Anibal Catalan, on view from March 1st until April 7th, 2012.

The exhibition bridges Catalan's long-standing interests in the Russian avant-garde movements of Suprematism and Constructivism, as well as in the radical formalistic advances of Deconstructivism, with its roots in the late 1960s.

Each of these movements was either overtly or intrinsically politicized at its inception, yet Catalan's appropriations and syntheses of their respective visual languages carry no obvious prescriptive agenda. In a certain manner, his work can be seen as an aestheticization of failed prescriptivism.

Suprematism, Constructivism, and Deconstructivism all emerged during moments of social and political upheaval; while Suprematism was primarily an artistic movement that dabbled in architecture, Constructivism and Deconstructivism proposed holistically new approaches to the experience of the lived urban environment via architecture, art, design, and other disciplines (or the collapse of such distinctions).

As history would have it, the Russian Avant-Garde would be effectively silenced within their own country under Stalin's rule; however, their ideas had already influenced tastemakers in the West (via the Bauhaus and De Stijl movements, especially) and -- in their filtered form -- would come to be embraced by the voracious consumer market of an antithetical economic model.

Similarly, Deconstructivism was informed by radical ideas generated during the uprisings of May '68, but the buildings created by the architects of its watered-down philosophical lineage like Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, and Zaha Hadid would become staple tourist-magnets for urban economies in need of a kick. Even the more grim vision of deconstructivist Lebbeus Woods found itself regurgitated by the spectacle through science-fiction films like 12 Monkeys and Alien 3 (the latter willingly, the former un-).

In this way, we can look at Anibal Catalan's work as an archaeology of and homage to the 20th century's flirtations with utopian alternatives that were eventually co-opted and subsumed by a growing, globalizing culture of unmatched momentum. These are visions of futures past -- loaded with unfulfilled promises of great transformation -- but ultimately left in the ditch along history's long march.

Yautepec se enorgullece en presentar la primera exposición de su programa 2012 titulada “Supremat”, del artista capitalino Anibal Catalan (b. 1973), misma que permanecerá del 1 de Marzo hasta el 7 de Abril.

La exhibición une los ya arraigados intereses de Catalan por el vanguardismo ruso con los movimientos de Suprematismo y Constructivismo, así como los avances formalistas radicales del Deconstructivismo, enraizados a finales de la década de 1960.

Cada uno de estos movimientos fueron abiertamente o intrínsicamente politizados desde sus inicios, sin embargo, las apropiaciones y las síntesis de Catalan de sus respectivos lenguajes visuales no tienen una intención preceptiva. En cierta forma, su trabajo puede verse como una estetización de prescriptivismo fallido.

El Suprematismo, el Constructivismo, y el Deconstructivismo surgieron durante momentos de agitación social y politica; mientras que el Suprematismo fue principalmente un movimiento artístico que jugó con la arquitectura, el Constructivismo y Deconstructivismo holísticamente proponían nuevos acercamientos a la experiencia de vida en espacios urbanos por medio de la arquitectura, el arte, el diseño y otras disciplinas (o el colapso de tales distinciones).

La historia cuenta que la vanguardia rusa sería silenciada efectivamete dentro de su propio país bajo el poder de Stalin: sin embargo, sus ideas ya habían influenciado a los líderes de opinión y generadores de tendencias en el Oeste (especialmente a través de los movimientos Bauhaus y De Stijl,) y -- en una manera filtrada – serían abrazados y recibidos por el voraz mercado consumidor de un modelo económico antitético.

Similarmente, el Deconstructivismo se formó con ideas radicales generadas durante los levantamientos de Mayo del '68, pero los edificios creados por los arquitectos de su diluído linaje filosófico como Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, y Zaha Hadid fueron destinados a convertirse en imanes de turistas para disparar las economías urbanas. Hasta la visión más severa del deconstructivista Lebbeus Woods se encontró regurgitada por el espectáculo a través de las películas de ciencia ficción como 12 Monkeys and Alien 3 (la última a propósito, y la anterior sin querer).

De esta forma, podemos ver el trabajo de Anibal Catalan como un estudio arqueológico y un homenaje a los coqueteos del siglo 20 con las alternativas utópicas que eventualmente se incluyeron y co-optaron por una creciente cultura globalizada con incomparable ímpetu.  Estas son visiones de futuros pasados – cargadas de promesas sobre grandes transformaciones sin cumplir -- ultimadamente abandonadas en la zanja a lo largo de la marcha de la historia.

  • Suprematist Barricade I, 2012. Steel, acrylic, fluorescent lights. 180 x 140 x 120 cm (approx). Ed.3+1
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  • Suprematist Barricade II + III, 2012. Steel, acrylic, fluorescent lights. L: 150 x 120 x 90 cm, R: 120 x 100 x 70 cm. Ed. 3+1
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  • Untitled (from the series Hyper-Proun), 2012. Ink, acrylic over digital print. 70 x 100 cm.
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  • Untitled (from the series Hyper-Proun), 2012. Ink, acrylic over digital print. 70 x 100 cm.
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  • Untitled (from the series Hyper-Proun), 2012. Ink, acrylic over digital print. 70 x 100 cm.
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  • Untitled (from the series Hyper-Proun), 2012. Ink, acrylic over digital print. 70 x 100 cm.
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