adrián villar rojas
adrián villar rojas
* 1980, Rosario, Argentina
Adrián Villar Rojas’s artistic production exists in a dream-like dimension in which men are confronted with their obsolescence and imminent extinction. He incorporates numerous disciplines, materials, and methods as tools for complex research: music, theatre, film, comics, pop culture, biology, literature, science fiction, drawing, carpentry, architecture, metalwork, and jewelry-making. 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. Working with a team that travels to form a nomadic studio for each new project, he has constructed a production unit not dissimilar to a theatre group. As director, he moves between the micro-detail of a tiny brightly-colored sculpture and the mapping of how each actor interconnects with the other; from the tiniest of stones to the orbit of these planets. This creative process is mimicked in the work itself, resulting in unimaginable objects that contain within them all things realized and unrealized, and that which was only imagined. However, the seeming immortality of these sculptures belie their ephemeral nature: these works are predominantly destroyed at the end of the exhibition, with the public presentation of artwork only ever being one aspect of a broader, more interwoven practice.
In 2015, Adrián Villar Rojas received the Sharjah Biennial Prize as well as the Prix Canson; in 2013, he was awarded with the Zurich Art Prize, and in 2011, he received the 9th Benesse Prize. He has been an artist in residency at SAM Art Projects, Paris (2011); Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada (2010), and La Residencia, Bogota, Colombia (2010).
His most important exhibitions include: The Theater of Disappearance: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Roof Garden commission), New York (2017), Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2017), National Observatory of Athens (commissioned by NEON), Greece (2017), and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles (2017); Adrián Villar Rojas – Fantasma, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2015); The Evolution of God (commissioned by High Line Art), New York (2014); Adrián Villar Rojas – Films Before Revolution, Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland (2013); Today We Reboot the Planet, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London (2013); Adrián Villar Rojas: La inocencia de los animales, MoMA PS1, New York (2013); Poems for Earthlings, (Commissioned by SAM Art Projects), Tuileries Garden (Musée du Louvre), Paris (2011).
His work has also been included in group exhibitions such as: Ungestalt, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2017); Monumentos, anti-monumentos y nueva escultura pública, MAZ - Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Mexico (2017); Everything You Are I Am Not (Latin American contemporary art from the Tiroche DeLeon Collection), Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, United States (2016); Map Marathon, Serpentine Gallery, London (2010); Wiederkehr der Landschaft, Akademie der Künste, Berlin (2010); Moby Dick, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2009), among others.
In 2011, Villar Rojas represented Argentina at the 54th Venice Biennial with the project El asesino de tu herencia. Recently, he has participated in the following biennials: Marrakech Biennale 6, Morocco (2016); Sharjah Biennial 12, United Arab Emirates (2015); 12 Bienal de la Habana, Cuba (2015); 12 and 14 1İstanbul Bienali, Turkey (2011 and 2015); 5th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art (2013); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012); 9th Shanghai Biennale, China (2012); 2012 New Museum Triennial: The Ungovernables, New York.
Adrián Villar Rojas lives and works between Rosario, Argentina and New York.