July 21, 2011
Alejandro Almanza Pereda's "Just give me a place to stand" (2007) is one of the works featured in his exhibition, "Within the realm of possibilities," which opens Aug. 30 at The College of Wooster Art Museum (Image courtesy of the artist and MagnanMetz Gallery, New York, N.Y.).
WOOSTER, Ohio — Mexico City and New York-based artist Alejandro Almanza Pereda will present sculptures and drawings in his exhibition “Within the realm of possibilities,” which opens Aug. 30 and continues through Oct. 9 in The College of Wooster Art Museum’s Sussel Gallery (Ebert Art Center, 1220 Beall Ave.). Running concurrently in the Burton D. Morgan Gallery will be “Project 35,” a video exhibition featuring 10 artists from the America’s. Both exhibitions, as well as a third of Inuit prints that opens later in the year, are associated events of the 2011 Wooster Forum: The Americas: Contact and Consequences.
Born in Mexico City in 1977, Alejandro Almanza Pereda attended the University of El Paso where he received a BFA in 2005. His approach to art-making surrealistically merges the absurd with the everyday to create warm, funny, yet sharp social critiques. Conceptually and physically athletic, Almanza’s work pushes the physics of gravity to ply the territory of risk, safety, and security within differing cultural contexts. “His sculpture often reads like an accident waiting to happen,” said Kitty McManus Zurko, director and curator of The College of Wooster Art Museum. “He intentionally challenges physical notions of structural integrity in order to engage with concepts of stability, risk, and danger as a means of investigating different cultural sensibilities about safety and security.”
Almanza is the recipient of a Cisneros Fontanais Foundation Award and has had one-person exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, London, Toronto, and Berlin. He is represented by MagnanMetz Gallery in New York.
“Project 35,” was organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and features videos selected by curators from 35 countries. Nine videos by artists from the Americas will be presented in the first installment of this exhibition. According to ICI, this exhibition, “ . . . traces the complexity of regional and global connections among practitioners, and demonstrates the extent to which video is now one of the most important and far-reaching mediums for contemporary artists.” The artists in the first installment of “Project 35” are Alexander Apóstol (Venezuela/Spain); Robert Cauble (United States); Angelica Detanico and Rafael Lain (Brazil); Kota Ezawa (Germany/United States); Tamar Guimarães (Brazil/Denmark); Beryl Korot (United States); Nestor Kruger (Canada); Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (United States); and Edwin Sanchez (Columbia).
The third exhibition of the season, “Nipirasait: Many Voices Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset,” was organized by the Richard F. Brush Gallery at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., and opens on Oct. 28. “Nipirasait” consists of more than 40 prints from the Kinngait Studios, an innovative arts community of Inuit printmakers and stone carvers, which is part of the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative located in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Canada.
The College of Wooster Art Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. All receptions, lectures, exhibitions, and performances are free and open to the public. Group and class tours are also available. For more information or to arrange a tour, please call 330-263-2388 or visit artmuseum.wooster.edu.
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