LOS ANGELES.- LAXART is also pleased to present the premier of Miguel Angel Rios single-channel video entitled Crudo, 2008, selected by Gilbert Vicario, assistant curator of Latin American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Filmed both in New York and Mexico City, Crudo takes the viewer on a theatrical, percussive journey led by an unidentified white-suited man, wielding pieces of raw meat, who encounters a group of angry dogs. Mixing elements of dance from Veracruz, American tap, and Argentinean malambo sureño, the dancers percussive footwork drives the narrative tension of the scenario, counterbalanced by the tethered pieces of raw meat that swing around to provoke the angry animals here hired to perform and engage with the dancers movements. Although strikingly different from Rios monochromatic and poetic videos of spinning tops, the characters in Crudo delineate order and disorder, control and unpredictability. Operating through metaphor, Crudo plays with a range of overwrought dichotomies particular to relationships of power, while questioning their logic and maintaining a narrative structure that remains opaque and without resolve.
Miguel Angel Rios was born in Catamarca, Argentina and studied at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Selected solo exhibitions include Aquí at EVO Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2007) and at the University of Houston, Texas Blaffer Gallery, curated by Terrie Sultan (2007); Miguel Angel Rios: Love at the Miami Art Museum, Miami, Florida (2006); Concentration 49 at the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas (2006); and A Morir til death, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, at Artists Space in New York (2003) and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Los Angeles (2004). He has also participated in various group exhibitions including Portraits and Places at The Bronx Museum of Art, New York (2004); Special Projects: Summer 2001 at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2001); and The Discovery of the Amazon: An Interpretation of the Chronicle of Friar Gaspar of Cavajal at CRG Gallery, New York (1999). His work has been included in such notable exhibitions as the 2002 Biennale of Sydney in Sydney, Australia, the 2000 Gwangju Biennale in Seoul, South Korea, and the Havana Biennial in Havana, Cuba in both 1997 and 2000. Rios currently lives and works in Mexico City and New York.
Gilbert Vicario is assistant curator of Latin American Art and Latino Art Coordinator, International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where he has curated such exhibitions as Indelible Images (Trafficking between life and death) (2006) and Constructing a Poetic Universe: The Diane and Bruce Halle Collection of Latin American Art (2007). Vicario was named U.S. Commissioner for the 2006 Cairo Biennale with Daniel Joseph Martinez and is currently serving on the Federal Advisory Committee for International Exhibitions (FACIE) for the U.S. State Department.