Playing (Series) Serious
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to present Marcos Ramírez ERRE in his first solo exhibition at the gallery, titled Playing Series Serious, on view from April 6 through May 11, 2013. An artist's reception will be held on Saturday, April 6th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and will include an opening night-only participatory performance titled The Bottlefield, starting at 7:30 p.m.
Invested in an ongoing interrogation of language and the consequences of its translation, across terrains and cultures, Marcos Ramírez ERRE's works intimately negotiate the subject and the object, history and memory, aesthetics and politics, the local and the global, and the personal and the collective. Posing questions about the relationship between art and audience, ERRE's works transform spectators into implicated subjects charged with the responsibility of taking an active role in producing the tensions expressed by the works.
ERRE's new series of works, entitled Playing Series Serious, uses humor, word play, and the format of crossword, game search, Sudoku, labyrinth, and maze puzzles to continue his strategic appropriation of language-based signage. His work addresses the internalization of politics into thehabitual vernacular of the everyday. Testing the limits of cognition as well as the conventions of word and sign puzzles, Playing Series Serious also explores translation, misunderstanding and the impossibility of choosing to recognize what is hiding in plain sight.
Rational choice dictates that the decisions we make are directed towards finding the most efficient solution to a problem that will also cause the greatest good. ERRE's Playing Series Serious brings us face to face with the real contradictions inherent in making any kind of choice let alone a positive one, whether personal or political, as he challenges the viewer to resolve puzzle and word-games that confront loaded political statements juxtaposed with their grammatical dissolution into image. Just as in politics, Playing Series Serious teasingly prompts us to restore order by electing to play the game and engage our logical and emotive apparatus in exercises of conscious seeing.
Acknowledged as one of the most significant figures in the history of borderland cultural practices for over two decades, Marcos Ramírez ERRE--known by his pen name "ERRE" (pronounced ēh-Rrēh, the sound of the Spanish double R letter)--is a formally-trained attorney, skilled carpenter, and self-taught artist whose practice includes performance, installation, sculpture, billboards, photography, video, and painting. ERRE has participated in residencies, lectures and numerous collective exhibitions in Mexico, the United States, Russia, China, France, Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, and Brazil, including: InSite95 and InSite97; VI and VII Havana Biennials; 2000 Whitney Biennial; 2004 San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial; 2007 Sao Paolo Biennial; 2007 Valencia Biennial; 2nd Moscow Biennial 2007; 2008 California Biennial; and 2012 ZERO1 Biennial.
Other solo and group exhibitions include Marcos Ramirez ERRE: La reconstrucción de los hechos(A Reconstruction of Events), 20-Year Retrospective, at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; Ballad for Mellisa and Bob (or, the different ways to live on the border), an intervention at Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo Museum, Mexico City; How Many Revolutions?, LAX ART, Los Angeles; The Body of Crime, Artpace, San Antonio, TX; The Four Pilots of the Apocalypse, The Suburban, Chicago, IL; Postcards from the Edge, The Atheaneum of Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA; To whom it may concern/War notes, Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX; Strange New World, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; and Baja to Vancouver: West Coast Contemporary Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, amongst others.
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