Vertical Earthquake

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Discarded Spider , 2008 One Channel Video Projection 16mm Black And White Film Transfered To Video No Sound Duration 5'28'' © Courtesy of the Artist and Annet Gelink Gallery
El Peor Dia, 2010 Silkscreen On Paper, Graphite, Paint 56 X 37,5 Cm, 34 Pages © Courtesy of the Artist and Annet Gelink Gallery
Vertical Earthquake

Laurierstraat 187-189
1016 PL Amsterdam
September 4th, 2010 - October 16th, 2010

Canal Girdle
+ 31 20 3302066
Tues-Fri 10-6; Sat 1-6
video, installation


Annet Gelink Gallery proudly presents Vertical Earthquake, the second solo exhibition of Carlos  Amorales (Mexico D.F. 1970). In this installation Amorales refers to the 1985 earthquake in Mexico  City, which he witnessed at the age of fifteen. The earthquake was very important for Amorales in  regard to his aesthetic development. Manifesting itself in two ways, emotionally deeply affected by  the drama of the event he saw in the ruined buildings also the beauty of chaos and image fragmentation.

The latter is typical for Amorales’ work in which the picture is often built from various fragments. The  observer is hereby invited by the artist to assign an own meaning to the work. 'I don't create art  that lectures or tells you what to think, instead my art helps you ponder, giving possibilities of what  to think', says Amorales. The flow of criticism that after the earthquake followed the actions of the  Mexican authorities laid the foundation for the political nature of Amorales' work. In his work he  criticized the exploitation of cheap labor when he participated in the Dutch pavilion for the Venice  Biennale in 2003 with a variation of a Mexican sweatshop (Flames Maquiladora, 2001-2002). For  Origami Bomb (2003-2004) he used the propaganda strategy of the Mexican government to reach  people with flyers distributed from the air.

For Vertical Earthquake, the wall paintings in the gallery were made with the tools hanging on the  walls - rulers in various forms derived from the fault lines in the ruined buildings. In the middle of  the room, on two white tables, newspapers contain photos of the ruined buildings on which  drawings of the fault lines have been made, the articles consist of anarchist texts from both famous  and unknown writers.

Discarded spider, (2008) a16mm film transferred to video shows large-scale spiderwebs of  malleable aluminim being transformed by the artist, adding texture to the otherwise flat image. His  dark silhouette against the netting makes it look as though the artist is trapped in the gossamer.

Beside the installation there are paintings and collages on display. The images appearing in the  collages originate from his 'Liquid Archive', a database of pictures to which Amorales adds pictures produced by himself and from the media. Before admitting the pictures to the 'Liquid Archive'  Amorales abstracts areas of the image with blocks of colour. The re-appearing images in the  'Liquid Archive' are taken by Amorales from their original context and united in new and unusual  combinations.

Carlos Amorales studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and at the Rijksakademie  van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. At the end of the nineties he became known for his  'wrestling performances'. Since then his work has been frequently on display in museums and  cultural institution in and outside the Netherlands. There were solo exhibitions by him in Tate  Modern in London, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and the Philadelphia Museum  of Art and recently large exhibitions in Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel and in the Herzliya  Museum of Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv. Currently his solo exhibition Vivir por fuera de las casa de  uno e can be viewed in the Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico.

Monumentalism—History and National Identity in Contemporary Art: Proposal for Municipal Art  Acquisitions 2010. Part of The Temporary Stedelijk exhibition with amongst others installations  by Yael Bartana and Barbara Visser (The Temporary Stedelijk, 28 augustus 2010 t/m 9 januari  2011, Sao Paul o Biennial . Shows installations by Yael Bartana and  David . Sao Paulo Biennial in Brazil (25 September till 12 December 2010, Manifes ta 8. Ryan Gander is participating in the eighth edition of Manifesta taking place in Murcia  (Spain) this year. (9 October 2010 until 9 January 2011, Frieze Art Fair. In  October we’ll be participating in Frieze Art Fair in London, showing works by amongst others Yael  Bartana, Ryan Gander, Meiro Koizumi, David Maljkovic Glenn Sorensen and Marijke van  Warmerdam.