Image credit: Sergio Prego, High-Rise (2016). Courtesy of the artist and CA2M, Madrid.
Learn more about the exhibition Rose-colored Drift/To the Students during a conversation with Spanish artist Sergio Prego, curator Javier Sánchez Martínez, and Natilee Harren, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History and Critical Studies.
I have always been interested in inventing new modalities of apprehending the space or, even more, in inventing new spatial relations (…) Instead of forcing the body to move in a particular way, I am interested in enabling the body to move in a different way. Sculptures and other devices are technologies elaborated in order to facilitate these type of movements. —Sergio Prego.
Rose-colored Drift/To the Students is the first US museum exhibition by Prego in a decade and consists of sculptures, works on paper and videos. The exhibition begins with a 14 feet high dome-like pneumatic structure made out of polyethylene and aluminum tubes that takes over the monumental high ceiling gallery at Blaffer, almost compressing its surroundings. The artist has also covered the entire surface of each of the walls and the ceiling of the gallery with more membrane structures that bulge out of the wall. As a consequence, the central piece is encapsulated between the warped membranes attached to the walls and the ceiling.
Blurring the immediate surroundings, the installation transforms the viewer’s perception of the space as well as the familiar experience of his or her own body. The exhibition continues with a second gallery also covered with bulging translucent, pneumatic membranes that contains drawings and prints. Numerous cylindrical sculptures with erotic connotations are on display on the floor. Additionally, a selection of Prego’s videos spanning 20 years is on view in the Salieri Studio on the second floor.
The conversation will take place in Room 110 at UH School of Art.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Sergio Prego (b. 1969 San Sebastian, Spain) lives and work in Brooklyn, NY. He holds a BFA from the University of the Basque Country and attended Arteleku, an experimental art center in San Sebastian. From 1996 to 2002 Prego worked with Vito Acconci in Acconci Studio, an interdisciplinary architecture and landscape design team. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad including the Singapore Biennale 2008, the Moscow Biennial 2009, the Dojima River Biennale 2009 at Osaka, CA2M in Madrid, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, MUSAC in Leon, Galería Soledad Lorenzo in Madrid, Alfonso Artiaco Gallery in Naples, Lehmann Maupin Gallery and Lombard Freid Gallery in New York, TBA21 in Vienna, Palazzo Delle Papesse in Siena, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and MoMA PS1 in New York.