Mexican artists and designers experiment with Grupo Arca marbles
In their Wynwood showroom, Grupo Arca presents a series of expressive marble designs from a list of Mexican artists and designers.
As with their eye-catching Wynwood showroom designed by Esrawe Studio and Danish art collective Superflex, natural stone heavyweight Arca was looking to attract an audience with his exhibition slated for Design Miami 2021, featuring collaborations. with the main art galleries of Mexico City OMR and Masa. They were given the monumental task of cleaning up much of their Miami gallery-style exhibit, usually filled with layers of mounted marble in all hues and veins, to leave space for commissioned installations on display throughout the week. .
Jorge mendez blake
Taking advantage of their access to the abundant stone library of the Grupo Arca, the artists Gabriel Rico and Jorge Mendez Blake, in collaboration with OMR, created an oasis of sculptural objects housed on sand dunes in an archipelago of abstract shapes and figurative. Rico, based in Guadalajara, whose work typically fuses taxidermy with objects found and constructed of natural and unnatural qualities, has fashioned a family of marbled fawns and foxes accompanied by a variety of cacti; some ambushed by arrows, others offering cryptic messages and digital formulas engraved on their bodies as mysterious prophecies. Calling himself an “ontologist with a heuristic methodology”, most of his work revolves around the regrouping of contradictory pieces into a single harmonious composition. A dichotomy that invites the viewer to contemplate our complex relationship with the natural environment.
Adeline de Monseignat
Using architecture as a reflection of language and expression, Mendez Blake’s carved white marble amphitheater blocks also stood on powdery islands on the exhibition hall floor. Immaculate semicircles chiseled or sliced through the stadium-like stone blocks erected on the hills of ancient Greece. Historically a space for dialogue, the artist considers the ancient Greek theater as a symbol of current world problems, stressing that apart from the pandemic, “our society is confronted with two other crises: a democratic one and a poetic one”.
Alongside the main exhibition space, modern defenders of Mexican craftsmanship and tradition, Ewe Studio showcases a pair of layered marble benches with circular cutouts. Created in collaboration with the Masa gallery, the round interstices draw a human presence that is not always present. Demarcating where the viewer should sit, it reflects our current fixation on personal space and social distancing. Also present were sculptor Adeline de Monseignat, Mario Garcia Torres and designer Brian Thoreen – founder of the Masa gallery with Hector Esrawe of Ewe Studio – who contributed to a more playful approach with sculptures in the shape of smooth candies in tones of Miami light pink. §