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Ricardo Rendón's first solo exhibition in New York opens at Vicky David Gallery
Installation View of Ricardo Rendón's exhibition at Vicky David Gallery. Photo: Courtesy of Ricardo Rendón and Vicky David Gallery.

NEW YORK, NY.- Ricardo Rendón (born 1970) is a Mexican artist who lives and works in México City. His conceptual and minimalist work, as well as its unique visual language, makes him an artist emblematic of the young Mexican generation. For his first solo exhibition in New York, the Vicky David Gallery is presenting a series of works in felt material entitled "Open Works" from November 8, 2012 to January 12, 2013.

Since 2003, Rendón has developed a unique reflection on the roles of the artist and the creation process in contemporary times. Reconsidering the nature of the practice of art, he questions the process of artistic creation and production. Whereas an increasing number of artists delegate execution to specialized companies, Ricardo Rendón produces his works independently because "new ideas come through the act of making". He sees his work as the commemoration of a set of moments of production, revealed by the alteration of the material or in the workspace.

His obsession with the creative process leads him to explore various trades that require expertise, often from traditional craftsmanship such as masonry, carpentry leather-working, and plumbing, thus combining traditional technique and contemporary art. Ricardo Rendón uses a wide range of materials simultaneously showing the evolution of his works production. "I always leave the traces of the manufacturing process in my work," he says, it is not only what is created that is important but also how it was created. He works seamlessly and without any artifice with the audience in a sincere desire, demystifying the work of the artist. His works combine both concept and materials and are testimonies to the creative experience. In Ricardo Rendón’s practice, gesture and process are intertwined, establishing a dialogue with the production, straddling construction and destruction.

For the exhibition "Open Works", Ricardo Rendón plays with felt, a material he has been working with since 2007. He perforates and sculpts large pieces of felt and leaves the "confettis" chips remaining lying on the ground, stressing the importance of the work process. These three-dimensional wall installations juggle with lines and material. The 14 pieces displayed in the exhibition are the results of a maturely considered work. They come with an installation manual that guides the collector for hanging the piece, sometimes offering several couplings.

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