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my dead family, 2009

wood, rocks, soil and unfired clay

118.11 x 1062.99 x 157.48 inches

the most beautiful moment of the war, 2009

digital photograph, unfired clay, plaster, burlap and wood

photograph: variable dimensions, sculpture: 236.2 x 984.3 x 196.9 inches

what fire brought me, 2008

bricks, cement, lime, sand, demolition rubbish, wood, unfired clay, mirrors, glass, soap, sea shells, windshield, ford escort hood, pins and stickers

variable dimensions

las mariposas eternas, 2010

wood, clay, concrete, fossils, rocks, plastic and glass

177.17 x 157.48 x 196.85 inches

a person loved me, 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal, styrofoam, latex, sand, burlap fabric

295.28 x 196.85 inches diameter

the murderer of your heritage, 2011

installation view at the argentine pavilion at the 54th venice biennial, 2011

my dead grandfather, 2010

unfired clay, cement, burlap and wood

224.41 x 905.51 x 236.22 inches

poems for earthlings, 2011

unfired clay, cement, hessian cloth, wood and metal

157.48 x 314.96 x 3,543.31 inches

poems for earthlings, 2011

unfired clay, cement, hessian cloth, wood and metal

157.48 x 314.96 x 3543.31 inches

before my birth, 2012

installation view at arts brookfield, new york, united states, 2012

before my birth, 2012

installation view at arts brookfield, new york, united states, 2012

return the world (thinker), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

return the world (geometry), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

return the world (boat), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

return the world (the bone), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

62.99 x 399.61 x 59.1

return the world (the fat lady), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

return the world, 2012

performance and sculpture made from wood and mud (pahksa construction techniques)

196.85 x 905.51 x 31.5 inches

return the world, 2012

performance and sculpture made of wood and mud (pahksa construction techniques)

196.85 x 905.51 x 31.5 inches

la inocencia de los animales, 2013

clay, concrete, wood and metal

variable dimensions

from the series "la inocencia de los animales" 2, 2013

inkjet print, watercolor, acrylic paint and pencil on paper

8.27 x 11.69 inches

from the series "today we reboot the planet", 2013

mixed media

variable dimensions

installation view at serpentine gallery, london, united kingdom, 2013

from the series "today we reboot the planet", 2013

mixed media

variable dimensions

installation view at serpentine gallery, london, united kingdom, 2013

from the series "today we reboot the planet," 12, 2014

oil on color print

11.69 x 16.54 inches

from the series "today we reboot the planet," 8, 2014

oil on color print

12.01 x 17.91 inches

from the series "today we reboot the planet" 6, 2014

oil on color print

11.69 x 16.54 inches

untitled, from the series "los teatros de saturno", 2014

wood, gesso, clay and pigment

40.75 x 95.47 x 24.49 inches

untitled, from the series "los teatros de saturno", 2014

wood, gesso, clay and pigment

40.75 x 95.47 x 24.49 inches

untitled, de la serie "los teatros de saturno", 2014

clay, concrete, potato and sweet potato

5.91 x 12.28 x 12.28 inches

untitled, from the series "los teatros de saturno", 2014

clay, concrete, mushroom, glass, sunflower germ, potato and peanut candy

5.91 x 10.63 x 10.63 inches

from the series "los teatros de saturno," 1, 2014

oil on color print

11.73 x 16.57 inches

the evolution of god, 2014

installation view at highline, new york, united states, 2014

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

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my dead family, 2009

wood, rocks, soil and unfired clay

118.11 x 1062.99 x 157.48 inches

image

the most beautiful moment of the war, 2009

digital photograph, unfired clay, plaster, burlap and wood

photograph: variable dimensions, sculpture: 236.2 x 984.3 x 196.9 inches

image

what fire brought me, 2008

bricks, cement, lime, sand, demolition rubbish, wood, unfired clay, mirrors, glass, soap, sea shells, windshield, ford escort hood, pins and stickers

variable dimensions

image

las mariposas eternas, 2010

wood, clay, concrete, fossils, rocks, plastic and glass

177.17 x 157.48 x 196.85 inches

image

a person loved me, 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal, styrofoam, latex, sand, burlap fabric

295.28 x 196.85 inches diameter

image

the murderer of your heritage, 2011

installation view at the argentine pavilion at the 54th venice biennial, 2011

image

my dead grandfather, 2010

unfired clay, cement, burlap and wood

224.41 x 905.51 x 236.22 inches

image

poems for earthlings, 2011

unfired clay, cement, hessian cloth, wood and metal

157.48 x 314.96 x 3,543.31 inches

image

poems for earthlings, 2011

unfired clay, cement, hessian cloth, wood and metal

157.48 x 314.96 x 3543.31 inches

image

before my birth, 2012

installation view at arts brookfield, new york, united states, 2012

image

before my birth, 2012

installation view at arts brookfield, new york, united states, 2012

image

return the world (thinker), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

image

return the world (geometry), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

image

return the world (boat), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

image

return the world (the bone), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

62.99 x 399.61 x 59.1

image

return the world (the fat lady), 2012

unfired clay, cement, wood, metal

variable dimensions

image

return the world, 2012

performance and sculpture made from wood and mud (pahksa construction techniques)

196.85 x 905.51 x 31.5 inches

image

return the world, 2012

performance and sculpture made of wood and mud (pahksa construction techniques)

196.85 x 905.51 x 31.5 inches

image

la inocencia de los animales, 2013

clay, concrete, wood and metal

variable dimensions

image

from the series "la inocencia de los animales" 2, 2013

inkjet print, watercolor, acrylic paint and pencil on paper

8.27 x 11.69 inches

image

from the series "today we reboot the planet", 2013

mixed media

variable dimensions

installation view at serpentine gallery, london, united kingdom, 2013

image

from the series "today we reboot the planet", 2013

mixed media

variable dimensions

installation view at serpentine gallery, london, united kingdom, 2013

image

from the series "today we reboot the planet," 12, 2014

oil on color print

11.69 x 16.54 inches

image

from the series "today we reboot the planet," 8, 2014

oil on color print

12.01 x 17.91 inches

image

from the series "today we reboot the planet" 6, 2014

oil on color print

11.69 x 16.54 inches

image

untitled, from the series "los teatros de saturno", 2014

wood, gesso, clay and pigment

40.75 x 95.47 x 24.49 inches

image

untitled, from the series "los teatros de saturno", 2014

wood, gesso, clay and pigment

40.75 x 95.47 x 24.49 inches

image

untitled, de la serie "los teatros de saturno", 2014

clay, concrete, potato and sweet potato

5.91 x 12.28 x 12.28 inches

image

untitled, from the series "los teatros de saturno", 2014

clay, concrete, mushroom, glass, sunflower germ, potato and peanut candy

5.91 x 10.63 x 10.63 inches

image

from the series "los teatros de saturno," 1, 2014

oil on color print

11.73 x 16.57 inches

image

the evolution of god, 2014

installation view at highline, new york, united states, 2014

image

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

image

planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

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planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

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planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

adrián villar rojas

* 1980, Rosario, Argentina

 

Adrián Villar Rojas has built a practice working across media to create immersive environments and experiences that seem to be in a state of perpetual space-time travel. Evolving over years towards the design of topography-based, mutant, organic-inorganic systems, Villar Rojas invites viewers to become explorers of an unpredictable microcosmos of his design, where the future, the past, and alternate versions of our own present interact as a constantly changing totality. By way of this world building, Villar Rojas posits the question: what if we could see and think of ourselves - humanity - from an alien perspective; detached, unprejudiced, even amoral? What if we could see and think of ourselves from the border of our own completed path?

 

Villar Rojas’s method is emphatically site-specific. The beginning of every project is a process of personal immersion into the social, cultural, geographical, and institutional environment in which he and a group of project-oriented collaborators will work. This inherently peripatetic procedure defines him as an itinerant artist, who, through constant travel and research, has developed deep engagement with a diversity of sites across the globe. 

 

Leaving scarce traces of its passage through the world due to its perishing materiality and parasitical integration with its context of intervention, Villar Rojas’ project seems to operate against the notion of commodity, undermining the tacit rules which ensure an effective circulation in the art field: endurance, reproduction, trading, and transport. His work demonstrates its own temporality, offering - at the risk of its own oblivion- what is doomed to disappearance, what cannot -and perhaps should not - be preserved.

 

Villar Rojas has been the recipient of numerous awards including Sharjah Biennial Prize, awarded by the Sharjah Art Foundation (2015), The Zurich Art Prize at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv (2013); the 9th Benesse Prize in the 54th Venice Biennale, (2011); the Nuevo Banco de Santa Fe Scholarship for Young Artists (2006); and the first prize in the Bienal Nacional de Arte de Bahía Blanca at the Contemporary Art Museum of Bahía Blanca, Argentina (2005). 

 

Recent solo exhibitions include The Theater of Disappearance, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles (2017); NEON Foundation at Athens National Observatory, Athens (2017); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (2017), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2017). Participation in international group exhibitions including 14th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2015); 12ª Bienal de La Habana, La Habana (2015); Sharjah Biennial 12, Kalba (2015); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel and Kabul (2012) and 54th International Art Exhibition: La Biennale di Venezia, Argentina’s National Pavilion, Venice (2011).

 

Adrián Villar Rojas lives nomadically.