Feb 18, 2024

La Cometa

Alejandro Sánchez: Some Economies, Wandering Horizons

February 18 – April 1

Opening reception: Sunday, February 18, from 11 am - 4 pm

La Cometa Gallery is delighted to announce a solo show by Colombian artist Alejandro Sánchez (Bogota, Colombia. 1980), which will bring together a new significant group of works from his “Some Economies” project. The exhibition, the first presentation of his work in the United States, will be on view from Sunday, February 18, through Monday, April 1.

The exhibition will feature paintings, sculptures, and an installation where the artist has materialized the correspondences of modern consumerism: the constant conflict between critique and optimism in the face of market dynamics and the social impact caused by economic systems. Sánchez, primarily a painter, transports us between formal painting and conceptual plasticity, pendulum-wise, pushing his practice’s boundaries by taking the canvas’s two-dimensionality into the sculptural field. He incorporates techniques such as trompe l’oeil, mimesis, and hyperrealism to breathe life into the tangible aspects of capital.

In “Wandering Horizons,” the new project phase, the shipping container becomes a medium for experimenting with pigments, surfaces, and ideas. Sánchez leads the viewer to question the uses and displacements through staged objects he reinvents and imbues with new contents. It is a conceptual journey that detaches materiality from plastic experimentation to bring it into a collective experience.

Alejandro Sánchez’s body of work sparks curiosity through the combination of the evident and the hidden in his representations, demonstrating that symbols can transform to acquire a life of their own as they are reinvented. His work astutely denounces social and economic changes in Latin American countries, especially Colombia. According to the artist, globalization, democratization, and the unchecked economic growth of some nations are causes that produce alterations in our social structures. Sánchez examines free trade, privatizations, and multinational corporations as factors driving the evolution of these dynamics. Thus, he reflects through his artistic production on the consequences of these dynamics, such as socio-cultural displacement and cultural uprooting.

Despite most of his works being sculptural, Sánchez considers painting his quintessential plastic language. His work employs pigments on various surfaces to represent different objects, as seen in trompe l’oeil. This allows him to redefine painting, contributing new meanings where the interpretation ceases to be solely linear or frontal and acquires a hybrid character that blurs its boundary with sculpture.

In the series “Some Economies,” arguably his most representative project to date, Sánchez constructs analogies with metal tiles from the outskirts of major cities, swapping and replacing them with new ones. This entails several paradoxes: the life-sized fictitious simulation of an object, the fragile materiality of these tiles juxtaposed with the robustness of the resulting image, and the action generated to obtain their raw material, interpreted as artistic activism. This enables him to embed his work within the social context without succumbing to a strictly local narrative. These containers modify the pictorial support they house, imbuing it with new meaning. Beyond reflecting on international trade dynamics and globalization, they constitute a critique of constructing personal realities based on collective desires.

“I am interested in juxtaposing two types of economies: large traders and entrepreneurs and marginalized communities working in service of them. The materials I use to emulate the containers, such as wood tiles, are used for constructing roofs in marginalized neighborhoods. Thus, I establish an association between the tile’s and the containers’ roughness.”

Alejandro Sánchez

Galeria La Cometa

About La Cometa

La Cometa is a project-based space designed to facilitate relationships between the viewer, the works of art, and the artists. Galería La Cometa was founded over 35 years ago to contribute to the development of the local art scene. Since then, the gallery has been an exhibition space whose mission focuses on the representation, promotion and dissemination of mainly Latin American artists, becoming one of the most influential artistic platforms in the region. Today, La Cometa has four offices in three countries: Colombia (Bogotá and Medellín), Spain (Madrid) and the USA (Miami). La Cometa is a project-based space designed to facilitate relationships between the viewer, the works of art, and the artists, through various expressions of contemporary art. In addition, the gallery’s program seeks to incorporate Latin American Modern Art references, which provide a fundamental context for contemporary artistic creation. The team at Galería La Cometa is proud to present these important projects so that we may align with our mission and exhibit the most influential Ibero-American Modern and Contemporary Art to the world.
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