On Wednesday, April 20 2016, as part of Art Brussels’Gallery Night, Galerie MLF | Marie-Laure Fleisch is delighted to open its new space, located in Ixelles. The inaugural show, Reside, is a site-specific project by Colombian artist, Santiago Reyes Villaveces.
Next to its complex polysemy linked to its figurative use, the verb “to reside” (from the Latin residēre) also indicates the legal and administrative choice of a particular residence in a specific place; or more generally, it denotes the choice of a fixed abode, or a place where one sojourns for a more or less stable period. This last meaning of the verb to reside expresses the modus operandi of Santiago Reyes Villaveces to create this exhibition: both his sojourn in the Belgian capital and the specificity of the exhibition space determined the conceptual parameters of his work.
The research of Reyes Villaveces confronts itself with the Brazilian Neo-Concrete tradition and the Tropicália Movement, in specific the work of Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, and the poetics of the fragment inspired by Jorge Luis Borges. From the former, he derives a sense of transitivity and precariousness of the work; from the latter, a concept of the fragment as a representation of an aesthetics of ruins, interpreted in a non-romantic sense.
The artist’s preferred medium is sculpture, of which he explores its various possibilities, analyzing different categories and the physical structures of materials. Therefore, his work tends towards a reciprocal system, in which the relation between materials, their form and collocation in space are destitute from any hierarchical organization. Its plastic vocabulary creates a minimalist language, expressed in what the Colombian artist defines as an “immanent/silent architectural sensibility”, traced from the precarious structures that form the daily routine of cities he lived and worked: Bogotá first and foremost, and in this specific case, Brussels.
Cities can be considered as never-ending building sites swarming with objects that express a relentless tension between their residual and structural state. These objects lie at the heart of the artist’s practice, making “objets trouvées” the primary materials of his work. In his process of creation, they play a transitory function: residues or fragments of former constructions and a wide range of materials intelligently assembled, rendered un-functional and simultaneously raised to the level of art work, are used to study the expressive and formal possibilities of objects, and their interaction with space and light.
Reyes Villaveces's work stretches the physical limits of matter, challenging the concepts of scale, volume, weight, tension, gravity, surface, resistance, pressure, limits, perspective and depth. His sculptures are represented as singular and visually forceful instruments originating from a short circuit between matter and surface, from mass and structure, expressed both as the synthesis of form and proportion that each single work takes on in respect to the rest. In this way, a few simple elements, sharply positioned in the exhibition space, question the sense of perception, and as such activate a relation between the architecture of the exhibition space, the viewer’s perception, and the temporal element of the viewing experience.
Santiago Reyes Villaveces (1986, Bogotá) lives and works in London, U.K. In 2015 he won the Abraaj Royal College of Art Innovation Scholarship 2015/2017 and is currently following an MA iSculpture at the Royal College of Art in London (2015/2017). In 2014 he was artist in residence at Cittadellarte, Pistoletto Foundation, Biella, Italy.His works and projects have been presented in public and private spaces in South and North America and Europe, among the others: SPACE, Irvine, California, 2016; Instituto de Visión Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia, 2015; Museo de Arquitectura Leopoldo Rother, Bogotá, Colombia, 2014; Cavallerizza Reale in Turin, Italy, 2014; Museum of Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia, 2013; Pinacoteca de Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil, 2009.
Born in Bogotà, Colombia, 1986.
Lives and works in Bogotà.
2015 - 2017
MA in Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Fine Arts, with emphasis in Visual Arts, Art Theory and History, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
2007 - 2008
Academic Exchange Program, Universidad de São Paulo, Escuela de Comunicações e Arte, São Paulo, Brazil
Patria Boba, Galería Artnueve, Murcia, Spain
Santiago Reyes Villaveces, Galería Instituto de Visión, Frieze, London, UK
Santiago Reyes Villaveces, Alessandro Casciaro Art Gallery, Bolzano, Italy
Brujitas Project, Degree show, Royal College of Art, London, UK
Reside, curated by Eugenio Viola, MLF | Marie-Laure Fleisch, Brussels, Belgium
Solo Show ArteBa 2015, Galería Instituto de Visión, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Contramuro, Instituto de Visión Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia
Traino, Cavallerizza Reale of Turin, Turin, Italy
Repertory, Spazio In primo Luogo Santiago Reyes Michelangelo Pistoletto, Turin, Italy
El año pasado, Galería Valenzuela Klenner, Bogotá, Colombia
Monumetria (DELENGUAAMANO), Pinacoteca de Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Acervo, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Art IN Theory, Sala de Proyectos Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
Group Exhibitions (selected)
Nos / Ninguem, Casa Nova Arte, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Traces écrites, MLF | MARIE-LAURE FLEISCH, Brussels, Belgium
Island, General Consulate of Colombia, London, UK
Witches and Moon Rocks, lecture and workshop, Offenbach University of Art and Design, Frankfurt, Germany
Op de grond, tussenin of aan de hemel, curated by Els Wuyts, Ten Bogaerde Koksijde & Welnis Oostduinkerke, Koksijde, Belgium
ShowRCA, Royal College of Arts, London, United Kingdom
Otium - Corruption & Dash, Residency 80121, Naples, Italy
ArtVerona. Alessandro Casciaro Gallery, Verona, Italy
G80, Ncontemporary, Túrin, Italy
Benefit auction 2017, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium
Art Fair, Instituto de Visión Gallery, Basel, Switzerland
Art Montecarlo, MLF| Marie-Laure Fleisch, Monaco
The Form Colour Texture Of, General Store, Sydney, Australia
Mi casa es tu casa, Centro de Arte pepe Espaliù, Cordoba, Spain
El Arte de Vivir: Kandor 13, La Fragua - Centro de Arte Pepe Espalier, Córdoba, Spain
Academiae. Youth Art Biennale, Forte di Fortezza, Fortezza (BZ), Italy
Intervenciones, Museo de Arte y Cultura Colsubsidio, Bogotá, Colombia
Material Art Fair, Galería Instituto de Visión, Bogotá, Colombia
Mapping Traces (Rastreando Indicios), Museo de Arquitectura Leopoldo Rother, Bogotá, Colombia
Nós Ninguém, Nacasanova Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil
ArtBo 2013, Galería la Central, Bogotá, Colombia
ArteBA 2013, La Agencia, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Desequilibrio y Movilidad, Nuevos nombres 2013 Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia
43 Salón (Inter)nacional de Artistas, Ministerio de Cultura, Medellín, Colombia
ArteBA 2013, La Agencia, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Contra Escambos. Experiências Imaginativas nos Trópicos, Espaço Fonte, (Participation with the group DELENGUAAMANO), Recife, Brasil
Horizontal, Galería La Central, Bogotá, Colombia
Panel, Artecámar, Feria de Arte de Bogotá Artbo, Bogotá, Colombia
Fundición, Feria La Otra, Bogotá, Colombia
Omnívoro, Ficciones y Fantasías, Galería el Museo, (Participation with the group DELENGUAAMANO), Bogotá, Colombia
Omnívoro, Artecámar, Feria de Arte de Bogotá, Artbo (Participation with the group DELENGUAAMANO), Bogotá, Colombia
41 Salón Nacional de Artistas, Ministerio de Cultura, Cali, Colombia
Jarra, Artecámar, Feria de Arte de Bogotá, Artbo (Participation with the group DELENGUAAMANO), Bogotá, Colombia
Salón Regional de Artistas Zona Centro, Ministerio de Cultura, Tunja-Bogotá, Colombia
CAP 07, Universidad de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
ArtNueve, Murcia, Spain
Air Residency, Antwerp, Belgium
2018 Youth Art Project I, curated by Rosa Pera, UCLG Global Youth Culture Forum, Jeju, South Korea
80121 Residency, Naples, Italy
Academiae Selection, Youth Art Biennale, Bolzano, Italy
Tashkeel Residency, Dubai, Emiratos Arabes.
Participation, Youth Art Biennale Academiae 2016
Youth Art Biennale residency, Bressanone, Italy
La Fragua Residencia artística, Cordoba, Spain
Residencia Cavalerizza Reale, Turín, Italy
Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship 2015, London, United Kingdom
Resó, Cittadellarte Pistoletto Foundation, Biella, Italy
- Caro is or isn't, (Santiago Reyes Villaveces and Eugenio Valdez Editors), Ministery of Culture, Bogotá, Colombia
- The Wolf, Anecdotes about my Workshops on Creativity, Caro Antonio (Santiago Reyes Villaveces Editor), Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, USA
- Monumetria, DELENGUAAMANO (Gilberto Mariotti, Néstor Gutiérrez y Santiago Reyes), Pinacoteca de Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil