PROYECTOSMONCLOVA is a contemporary art gallery based in Mexico City that focuses on facilitating dialogues between Mexican and international artists from different generations such as: Eduardo Terrazas, Fred Sandback, Martin Soto Climent, Josephine Meckseper, Tercerunquinto, Helen Escobedo and Chantal Peñalosa among others.

Established in 2005, the gallery’s program has evolved into one of the most important forums for contemporary art in Mexico.

In addition to the exhibition program the gallery publishes books and exhibition catalogues. Recent titles include: Restoration of a Mural Painting. Tercerunquinto 2000-2015Robert C. Morgan. Works 1967-2017The Properties of Light. Luis Barragán-Fred Sandback (forthcoming). Exhibition highlights include: Caramel Huysmans. Martin Soto Climent (2015); TRUE STORY, collective show curated by Michel Blancsubé (2015); The Properties of Light. Fred Sandback (2016); dre omins. Andreas Slominski (2016); Doble fondo. Tercerunquinto (2017); Concept and Painting. Robert C. Morgan (2017); and the upcoming Josephine Meckseper (2017).

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Exhibition

CLOUDS AND TEARS

November 09, 2017

December 22, 2017

  • Michael Sailstorfer

dre omins

May 03, 2016

June 17, 2016

  • Andreas Slominski

On May 3, 2016, the gallery PROYECTOSMONCLOVA inaugurates dre omins, the first solo exhibition in Mexico and Latin America of acclaimed German artist Andreas Slominski. It is worth mentioning that Slominski will likewise be presenting two major projects in Europe simultaneously to his show in Mexico: the museum exhibition Das Ü des Türhüters [The O of the Doorman] in the distinguished institution Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany, as well as the outdoor installation Rüben, as part of the Krauthügel Art Project, Salzburg, Austria.

Slominski became internationally known with his traps, which—effectively being placed in the exhibition space—are expanding the concept of sculpture.

«Andreas Slominski’s primary concern since 1984 can be described very broadly as field research—the aesthetic exploration of everyday perceptions of the most incidental kind. There is often something insidious, and also something impish, in the ordinariness and inconspicuousness of the objects he selects. They consistently undergo a reversal of function, context and content. […] All of Slominski’s works can be “traps”, figuratively speaking. In the course of the years, the “trap” has virtually become a generic term for the artist. It has become the solution in his search for a personal form of artistic expression; it has become his artistic strategy.» 1

In dre omins, Andreas Slominski will present a series of garage doors conceived exclusively for PROYECTOSMONCLOVA. The title of the show gives away the artist’s conspicuous sense of humour, as he composed it by extracting the central syllables of his own name, but it also unveils a critical turn towards the artist figure and his relation to his own work. These garage doors negate the notion of the ready-made. Although they derive from functional objects, they manage to shake off the term, given their personalised unique formal characteristics manifest in colour, design and absurd details.

Fixed on the wall by their front side, hence presenting their backsides to the visitors, Slominski places the audience inside the garage, therefore revealing one of his most habitual forms of expression: the trap. The gallery space itself, with its history, meaning and mechanisms, thus suddenly becomes the subject in question and the visitor is somehow trapped in a closed space with no way out.

In history, garages often became the sites of legendary events: they were the basic units of gigantic firms—like Apple—and also of the success stories of many famous bands. The garage door can be read as a metaphor for a mystic site of retreating, hatching and experimenting, but it could also become a comment on painterly traditions and be seen as a large-scale monochromatic tableau.

1 Mario Kramer: The Differing Perspectives of a Mole and a Giraffe. On the works of Andreas Slominski in the MMK Collection, in Kittelmann, U., Kramer, M., Andreas Slominski, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, p. 149, Germany, 2007.