Lugares en fuga (2012)

Fredy Alzate

Escultura

Lugares en fuga

Lugares en fuga (Fleeing Places) is an unsettling object.

At first glance it appears as a section of a wall that has folded upon itself following an unexpected transformation; a metamorphosis utterly inappropriate for the materials that symbolize endurance and security: brick and mortar. As with some other similarly minded contemporary artists, Fredy Alzate is deeply influenced by architecture and its multiple vernacular surrogates. His work focuses on the observation of the constructive principles that guide precarious urbanization in his city of birth, Medellín, and by extension in the Latin American urbis at large.

In his sculptures and installation pieces, the artist explores the inherent contradictions of uncontainable urban (under) development and the permanent mutations produced by the urgency of adapting buildings to the landscape in the city’s poor peripheries. Through careful observation of social space, his work is both political and poetic, as it draws its constructive psychology from literary references: Lugares en Fuga refers to Italo Calvino’s novel ‘Invisible Cities’.

Built within the formal lexicon of architecture, his simulacrum dissects the marginalization of large sectors of the population across the continent. The apparent chaos perched up in the hills of the urban peripheries of Latin America challenge deceptive narratives of progress, bringing to mind that we live in a fragile culture of congestion.

 

Gabriela Salgado

 

Fuente: Gabriela Salgado. 2014. “Fredy Alzate” en Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America (catálogo). Saatchi Gallery: Londres, Reino Unido. ISBN: 9781909413054

Exposiciones

· Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America. Saatchi Gallery. Londres, 2014
· Lugares en fuga. MAMM. Medellín, 2012
· Nodos de la emergencia. Pabellón Artecámara, ARTBO. Bogotá, 2012
· 2°Premio Bienal de Artes Plásticas y Visuales de Bogotá. Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño. Bogotá, 2012
· Lugares en fuga (individual). Galería de la Oficina. Medellín, 2011

Publicaciones

· Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America (catálogo). Saatchi Gallery. Londres, Reino Unido. ISBN: 9781909413054
· Aluvión, Fredy Alzate (catálogo). Alcaldía de Medellín: Medellín, Colombia. ISBN: 978-958-46-3245-6
· Feria Internacional de Arte de Bogotá ARTBO 2012 (catálogo). Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá: Bogotá, Colombia

Bibliografía

· Gabriela Salgado. 2014. “Fredy Alzate” en Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America (catálogo). Saatchi Gallery: Londres, Reino Unido. ISBN: 9781909413054
· Efrén Giraldo. 2012. “Fredy Alzate, un equilibrista en las ciudades invisibles” en Aluvión, Fredy Alzate (catálogo). Alcaldía de Medellín: Medellín, Colombia. ISBN: 978-958-46-3245-6
· “Fredy Alzate”. 2012. En Feria Internacional de Arte de Bogotá ARTBO 2012 (catálogo). Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá: Bogotá, Colombia

Premios

· Mención de honor. 2° Bienal de Artes Plásticas y Visuales. Fundación Gilberto Alzate Avendaño. Bogotá, 2012

Colecciones

· Saatchi Gallery. Londres, Reino Unido