* 1975, Colombia
Through simple yet meaningful interventions with quotidian objects, Gabriel Sierra presents his viewers with an anthropological study of the language of architecture. His work evidences a keen interest in the social codes that govern our interaction with built environments, with a particular focus on how these norms can be changed or subverted through the manipulation of architectural dynamics. By transforming these behavioral codes, his paintings, sculptures and installations address issues related to the perception of everyday life. He is also attentive to the subconscious influence that context and logic have upon our relation to space. For Sierra, there is a fine line between function, utility, and subjective thought, just as there is between design, architecture, and art: by manipulating the form and function of certain objects, he alters habitual expectations and associations. It is in this destabilizing potential that Sierra’s work achieves its most potent effects, both within the space and the mind of the viewer.
Gabriel Sierra received a degree in Industrial Design from the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota in 1999. He has been an artist in residence at the Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco (2012); Gasworks, International Residency Programme, London (2009) and CAC Centre d’Art Contemporain de Brétigny, France (2006).
His most important exhibitions includes: Gabriel Sierra. gabriel sierra (notice: the title of the exhibition will change every hour). 10:00am monday impressions; 11:00am how the outside leaks into the room; 12:00pm smells like 100 years old; 1:00pm the room is in my eye. the space under my body; 2:00pm in the meantime, (this place will be empty after 5:00pm); 3:00pm an actual location for this moment; 4:00pm few will leave their place to come here for some minutes; 5:00pm did you know who built your house? The Renaissance Society, Chicago, United States (2015); Numbers in a Room, Sculpture Center, New York, United States (2015); Gabriel Sierra. Before present, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland (2015); Thus Far, The Renaissance Society, Chicago (2015), Thus Far, Peephole, Milan (2013); ( ), Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, United States (2012); Gabriel Sierra, Centro Cultura Banco Brasil (CCBB), Sao Paulo, Brazil (2012); Compuesto Verde, CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge, France (2006); NO DIGA SI DIGA OUI, Objetos y Estructuras Parafuncionales, Alianza Francesa, Bogota, Colombia (2004). His work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2013); The New Museum, New York (2012); Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, United States (2012); Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, United States (2010); Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil (2009) among others.
He has participated in various biennials, including the 12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2011); the 11th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2011); and the 28th São Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2008).
Gabriel Sierra currently lives and works in Bogota, Colombia.