adrián villar rojas
adrián villar rojas
* 1980, Rosario, Argentina
Adrián Villar Rojas’ artistic production exists in a dream-like dimension in which men are confronted with their obsolescence and imminent extinction. Using aspects of drawing, sculpture, music, science fiction and installation, Villar Rojas creates alternate realities that allude to an apocalyptic or mythological end of the world. Usually made from clay, the colossal installations for which he is best known immerse the viewer in a temporal and physical vastness. His creations seem at once timeless and ancient, relics of an ambiguous future or past that question our notions of time, history, and modernity. Him and his team combine organic and artificial elements in their experiments – earth, pigments, vegetables, cement, fossils, plastic, clothing, technological gadgets and jewelry – to produce works of an overwhelming strangeness. This creative process, comparable to that of a director at the head of a theater company, is mimicked in the work itself, resulting in unimaginable objects that contain within them all things realized and unrealized, all things created and that which was only imagined.
Adrián Villar Rojas has been the recipient of numerous awards including The Zurich Art Prize at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv (2013), and the 9th Benesse Prize in the 54th Venice Biennial (2011). He has participated in various residences: SAM Art Projects, Paris, France (2011); Banff Centre Institute, Alberta, Canada (2010); La Residencia, Bogotá, Colombia (2010); and at the Panorama Brasileiras das Artes, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2009).
His most important exhibitions include The Theater of Disappearance a project in several stages presented at Museum of Modern Art, New York, Neon Foundation, National Observatory of Athens, Athens, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles; Adrián Villar Rojas – Fantasma, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2015); The Evolution of God, High Line at the Rail Yards, New York United States (2014); Adrián Villar Rojas – Films Before Revolution, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Zwitzerland (2013); Today We Reboot the Planet, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2013); Adrián Villar Rojas: La inocencia de los animales, Expo 1, MoMA PS1, New York, United States (2013); Return the world, dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel Germany (2012); Before my birth, Arts Brookfield with The New Museum triennial “The Ungovernables” and World Financial Center Plaza New York, USA (2012); El asesino de tu herencia (The Murderer of Your Heritage), 54th Venice Biennial, Argentinian pavilion, Venice, Italy (2011); Poems for Earthlings, SAM ART Projects, Jardin des Tuileries, Musée du Louvre Paris, France (2011). Moreover, his work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as The New Museum, New York, United States (2012); Serpentine Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2010); Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany (2010); CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, United States (2009); Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, Brazil (2009) among others.
He has participated in various biennials, including: the Sharjah Biennial 12, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2015); Bienal de la Habana, Havana, Cuba (2015); the 12th and 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2011-2015); the 5th Moscow Biennial, Moscow, Russia (2013); the Shanghai Biennial, China (2012).
Adrián Villar Rojas currently lives and works between Rosario, Argentina and New York, United States.