NEW YORK, NY.- Petzel Gallery
is presenting Eccentric Reflexivity 19881994, a solo show of works by artist, sculptor and architect Jorge Pardo. On view through April 20, this exhibition of early works marks the artists tenth exhibition at Petzel and his first at the gallerys Upper East Side location.
In essence, Eccentric Reflexivity 19881994 is a non-nostalgic remembrance, appreciation, and documentation of the process of becoming an artist, featuring works imagined, created and produced during a specific period in Jorge Pardos life while and just after he was a student at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. The exhibition explores and investigates Pardos playful aesthetic, while offering sly anti-Duchampean commentary on what can transform everyday objects, or ready-madesmany imbued with symbolic, art historical and autobiographical referencesinto art.
Objects can speak if you change them, if you do something to them, if you interact with them, says Pardo, who has referred to many of the works in the show as failed propositions. Not necessarily in an artificial way, just in an arbitrary but functional way. For me, the idea of the function is the most interesting and it gets most interesting when it touches on the absurdity of the purity of the object.
The results of this signature practice and assured methodology are some of the works included in Eccentric Reflexivity 19881994. On view for the first time is Drawing, 1990, a model airplane (or is it a painting?) made of Balsa wood, glue and hardware, as well as other classic Pardo adjustments such as Refrigerator, 1993, a refrigerator with its doors painted blue; Fuck Me Shoes, 1990; Untitled (pinhole camera owl photograph), 1988, perhaps the first owl selfie ever taken; and Shiny Tables from J. Crew (Costa Mesa)/Piece for Fandra from Fandra, 1991, a sculptural homage to a shopaholic friends J. Crew shirt, made of actual J. Crew display tables resembling basketball backboards.
Eccentric Reflexivity 19881994, which also features audio constructed from anecdotal conversations between Pardo and Friedrich Petzel and curator Montserrat Albores Gleason, offers a personalized and forward-thinking reconsideration of an anticipatory period in an artists early life and career. Many of the objects included in the Eccentric Reflexivity exhibition are parts of various private collections and have been on view previously at Tom Solomons Garage, Luhring Augustine Hetzler, the Terrain Gallery in San Francisco, MOCA in Los Angeles, 1301 PE Gallery, and in other locations.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1963, Jorge Pardo has exhibited internationally at institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Kunsthalle Basel and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and several site-specific installations including the lobby and bookstore for the Dia Center for the Arts, and his own bar, The Mountain, in Los Angeles Chinatown.