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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

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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

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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

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planetarium, 2015

installation view at sharjah biennial, united arab emirates, 2015

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: 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.