Helguera

Société Civile pour l'Enterrement de Pensées Mortes, 2013

6 Brass Talisman Necklaces, 94 Metal Urns individually labeled, 2 wax seal stamp, 5 pine shelving units

Installation dimensions variable

Helguera

Société Civile pour l'Enterrement de Pensées Mortes, 2013

6 Brass Talisman Necklaces, 94 Metal Urns individually labeled, 2 wax seal stamp, 5 pine shelving units

Installation dimensions variable

Société Civile pour l'Enterrement de Pensées Mortes, 2013

6 Brass Talisman Necklaces, 94 Metal Urns individually labeled, 2 wax seal stamp, 5 pine shelving units

Installation dimensions variable

Helguera

Société Civile pour l'Enterrement de Pensées Mortes, 2013

6 Brass Talisman Necklaces, 94 Metal Urns individually labeled, 2 wax seal stamp, 5 pine shelving units

Installation dimensions variable

Strange Oasis Installation, 2015

Helguera

Suite Riverense, 2014

Set of 10 collages on vellum, unique

Each: 24 x 19 in. 

Helguera

Knoxville Summer of 2015, 2014

16 Chromogenic Prints

Each: 20 x 20 in.

No. 1 from an Edition of 3

Helguera

Vita Vel Regula 2013

50 black and white c-print photographs, 50 plaques with participants’ full name, birth and death

date, 16 manila envelopes labeled with specific open dates and instructions

Overall: 62 x 74 in.

Helguera

Vita Vel Regula 2013

50 black and white c-print photographs, 50 plaques with participants’ full name, birth and death

date, 16 manila envelopes labeled with specific open dates and instructions

Overall: 62 x 74 in.

Helguera

The Parable Conference, 2014

Helguera

Parable Conference Diaries, 2014

Collage, unique

Each: 24 ¾ x 22 ¾ in. / 62.8 x 57.7 cm.

Helguera

The Parable Conference, 2014 

Helguera

Vidriera, 2014 

39 etched glass plates

No. 1 of the Edition of 3

Each: 20 x 20 in. / 7.87 x 7.87 cm

Vidriera (detail), 2014

39 etched glass plates

No. 1 of the Edition of 3

Each: 20 x 20 in. / 7.87 x 7.87 cm

Helguera

Nuevo Romancero Nuevomejicano, 2014

Artist custom card table, 36 x 60 x 48 in. / 91.44 x 152.4 x 121.92 cm.

Card deck No. 4 of Edition 48, signed

48 Collages on vellum, unique, Each: 10 x 8 x 1 in. / 25.4 x 20.32 x 2.54 cm.

Pre-War Mexico Map, approx. 44 x 64 in. / 111.7 x 162.5 cm. 

Installation dimensions variable

Helguera

Nuevo Romancero Nuevomejicano, 2014

Artist custom card table, 36 x 60 x 48 in. / 91.44 x 152.4 x 121.92 cm.

Installation dimensions variable

Helguera

Nuevo Romancero Nuevomejicano, 2014

48 Collages on vellum, unique, Each: 10 x 8 x 1 in. / 25.4 x 20.32 x 2.54 cm.

Installation dimensions variable

Helguera

Expedicion Punitive, 2002

11 Stereoscopic postcards

11 Narrative text panels

Each:  3 ½ x 6 in. / 8.89 x 15.24 cm

Kent Fine Art is pleased to present Pablo Helguera: Strange Oasis, January 31–March 14, 2015, with a reception for the artist on January 30, 6–8 pm. 

 

Pablo Helguera (b. 1971, Mexico City) is an interdisciplinary artist with an interest in socially engaged art and performance. His work as an educator has often influenced his work as an artist, often incorporating  language and literature to articulate and address local cultural and social issues. La Escuela Panamericana del Desasosiego / The School of Panamerican Unrest (2003–2011) is regarded as one of the most extensive public art projects on record as well as a pioneering work for the new generation of socially engaged art.  Helguera collaborated with more than forty organizations and over a hundred artists, curators, and activists during this period.  

 

Since then, Helguera has composed installations including Libreria Donceles (KFA 2013) in which the artist facilitated the establishment and subsequent itinerancy of a Spanish-language bookstore, thus conflating the aesthetic experience of Mexico City’s old bookstores with the politics of the Spanish language across the US-Mexico border. Since then, Libreria Donceles has been re-established for the Kadist Art Foundation (San Francisco), for Arizona State University (Tempe) and soon for Red Hook, Brooklyn. Locally, Helguera was also featured at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival with The Parable Conference, “Crossing Brooklyn” at the Brooklyn Museum with 1899 (Susannah Mushatt Jones), and at the Guggenheim Museum’s recent exhibition “Under the Same Sun” with the performance On the Future of Art.

 

In Strange Oasis, Kent Fine Art becomes the stage and platform for new iterations and re-stagings of the artist’s recent interventions, which took place throughout the Americas and Europe. Some of the projects presented include Société Civile pour l’Enterrement de Pensées Mortes for Rectangle, Brussels, 2013, Nuevo Romancero Nuevomejicano for Site Santa Fe’s thematic exhibition “Unsettled Landscapes,” and Vita Vel Regula (Rules of Life) for the Renata Bianconi Gallery in Milan.

 

The exhibition’s title comes from the essay on the phenomenology of play titled “Oasis of Happiness” by German philosopher Eugen Fink. In his essay, Fink refers to play as a “strange oasis, an enchanted rest-spot in [man’s] agitated journey.” Helguera’s interventions, which use history, geography, and language, create parenthetical experiences, projections into other places, times, and physical spaces.  According to the artist, the interactive projects in this exhibition come from the interest in creating “parenthetical experiences” that extract the viewer from daily routine by engaging them in leisurely activities that can acquire very personal interpretations.

 

The various projects presented here address geography, location, and time, focusing on the significance of human relationships and the limits of communication and language.

 

In Helguera’s games and rituals the past is never buried, but instead is ever-present, establishing a “temporal present” necessary for engagement. In Société Civile pour l’Enterrement de Pensées Mortes, a room houses the ashes of dead and obsolete thoughts, as once guarded over by a Belgian sect of freethinkers during the turn of the century. In Nuevo Romancero Nuevomejicano, a velvety space mimics the lobby and gambling table of an illegal casino in pre-war New Mexico, circa 1836. By playing a variety of old gambling card games, visitors are told of their future through the divinatory legends based on the history of the US-Mexico War.

 

A special feature of this exhibition will be interactive Saturday afternoons (12–5 pm) with the recreation of Nuevo Romancero Nuevomejicano and Société Civile pour l”Enterrement de Pensées Mortes. For further information, please contact Katrina Neumann (kneumann@kentfineart.net) or the gallery website at www.kentfineart.net.  Exhibition hours are Tuesdays thru Saturdays from 10 to 6.