October 20-25, 2015
Tuesday 3–9 Vernissage
At FIAC OFFICIELLE 2015, Steve Turner will present a monumental painting by Mexico City-based Pablo Rasgado, a work that the artist has been working on since 2007. It consists of twenty-three painted passages that Rasgado has removed from public walls around the world including Bogotá, Lagos, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York, Tel Aviv and Paris. Each of the sections will be installed side-by-side to produce a single work that spans five meters in width, and nearly a decade in time.
In utilizing the Renaissance technique of strappo (originally developed to move frescoes from one location to another), Rasgado has created a new painting that functions as a literal landscape of the various source cities. By foregoing allegory or representation, Rasgado assembles a work that is both a record of specific instances of time, place and circumstance and also an evocative image with multiple readings.
In addition to this multi-panel painting, Rasgado will present a series of smaller paintings that were made using the extracted surfaces of three-dimensional components of a building such as the corner of two walls or a stairwell. Rasgado “unfolds” the three-dimensional space by mounting it to the flat, rectangular surface of a canvas.
A new publication detailing the origin of each fragment will be published to coincide with the opening of Officielle.
Pablo Rasgado (born 1984 Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico) has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2015); Arratia Beer, Berlin (2012 & 2014); OMR, Mexico City (2013); and Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City (2011). He has also had work in group exhibitions at CAM Raleigh (2014); The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2013); Ex Magazzini di San Cassian, Art Collateral Events, 55th Venice Biennale (2013); Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel (2013); Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City (2012); and Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City (2010). His work is owned by public collections including Wattis Foundation, San Francisco; Perez Art Museum, Miami; Jumex Collection, Mexico City; and The Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He lives and works in Mexico City.