It is with great pleasure that we announce the opening of Amatl – an exhibition of new work by renowned Mexican artist Martín Soto Climent. The opening will take place Thursday 11 March, from 11am to 6pm.
Soto Climent is well known for his surrealist manipulation of images and objects. His practice refers to the forms of the body and the psychology of desire embedded within an economy of consumption. By re-contextualising ever so slightly and executing delicate re-arrangements by ways of appropriation and juxtaposition his works often have the humble quality of the ready-made or appear to be fragile assemblages exploring issues of temporality, desire, decay and marginality. Soto Climent creates objects, installations, sculptures and photographs sourcing materials and imagery from the quotidian and his interventions into everyday objects are occasionally temporary.
The exhibition title Amatl is the native name (that later evolved to Amate) of the tree that is both object and subject of this exhibition. The entire project has been carried out in the self-isolation brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic where Soto Climent has been living and working in Tepoztlan, developing this specific practice. Intimist and informed by a need to come close to nature, it is also a research into analogue and archaic forms of photographic practice and duplication. The close-ups of the tree have resulted in suggestive organic forms, resembling skin or the folds of the human body.
The exhibition consists of three hierarchically interrelated categories of photographic works – glass plates that are the 'original' result of the collodion photographic process executed on site, using a portable darkroom, copper plates onto which the collodion glass images were transferred and which in turn then served as originals for the unique Heliograph prints on cotton paper. The project is the very opposite of the digital experiences that have come to characterise our times, these works are the result of prolonged physical and personal contact with nature.
All the works are details taken from the same tree and this notion of detail is important to the artist:
I call the pieces Detail. I like the double meaning of the word. Much of this project is born from seeking an attentive and detailed look at the environment, nature and existence in general. It is interesting for me to express that everything we see is only a fragment, a section of a bigger picture that in itself is also part of a larger system and so on...
Amatl is Martín Soto Climent's second solo-exhibition with the gallery. He was born in 1977 in Mexico City where he lives and works. Recent institutional solo-exhibitions include Hessel Museum of Art, Hudson USA, Museo Universitario del Chopo Mexico City, Museo Pietro Canonica Rome, Palais de Tokyo Paris, Kunsthalle Wintherthur, El ECO Museo Experimental, New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art and Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil. His work is to be found in numerous collections such as Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, USA, Hessel Museum, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA, Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico, Loewe Foundation, MCA Chicago, Chicago.
In the summer of 2021 Soto Climent's work will be on view in the exhibition La mer imaginaire at the Fondation Carmignac.
Press release courtesy Andréhn-Schiptjenko.