Galeria Luisa Strina is pleased to present The orange peel problem (O problema da casca de laranja), the second solo show by artist Erick Beltrán at the gallery.
Erick Beltrán was born in 1974, in Mexico City, and currently lives and works in Barcelona. He is a conceptual artist with a production focused on the investigation of communications systems, as well as on the critical study of the ways in which knowledge is structured and categorized.
In this exhibition, the artist deals with the problematics of representing spherical surfaces, as suggested by the title of the show, taking the earth’s surface as an analogy. Cartography does not have techniques that allow for the representation of spherical surfaces on a flat surface without resorting to distortions; this impossibility is explored by the artist, who presents a collection of models of cartographic representations.
The various exhibitions the artist has participated in most notably include Piezas de juego (solo show), Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Wlen, Austria (2013); Cartografías contemporáneas. Dibujando el pensamiento, Fundación La Caixa Forum, Barcelona, Spain (2012); The World Explained (solo show), Troppen Museum, Amsterdam, Holland (2001); the 11th Biennale de Lyon, France (2011); Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010); the 28th Bienal de São Paulo – Em vivo contato, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2008); Subversiones diarias, MALBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2005); Analphabet (solo show), Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam, Holland (2005); and Transmigraciones, Trienal Poligrafica de San Juan, Puerto Rico (2004).
His works figure in the following collections: Deutsche Bank Collection, Berlin, Germany; Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Bibliothèque Nationale de France; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (MUSAC), Spain; Colección Jumex; Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), UNAM; Contemporary Art Center, Osaka, Japan; Instituto de Cultura Portoriquena, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA; and the Nuremberg City Government, Germany.