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miguel calderón

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piggy banks, 1994

lime, enamel

dimensions variable

museum of natural history series # 3, 1995 (printed in 2007)

digital print

34.65 x 43.31 inches

employee of the month #1, 1998

color print

79.75 x 50 inches

employee of the month # 4, 1998

color print

80 x 50 inches

employee of the month # 7, 1998

color print

80.1 x 50 inches

bad route, 1998

oil on canvas

55.25 x 83 inches

el arte de la nogaciación, 1999

dimensions variable

el arte de la nogaciación, 1999

dimensions variable

ridiculum vitae, 2000

carpet

11.5 x 32.8 inches

ridiculum vitae, 2000

carpet

11.5 x 32.8 inches

antifreeze, 2002

c-print

33 x 46 inches

resistol 5000, 2002

metal, fiberglass, vinyl and paint

66 x 64 x 56 inches

inverted star / poseídos, 2002

video transferred to DVD

1:57 minutes

inverted star / poseídos, 2002

video transferred to DVD

1:57 minutes

mutante, 2002

temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultapec lake

mutante, 2002

temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultapec lake

mutante, 2002

temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultapec lake

mutante, 2002

temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultapec lake

chapultapec # 8, 2003

color print

26.75 x 39.75 inches

chapultapec #3, 2003

color print

27 x 39.75 inches

chapultapec # 10, 2003

color print

26.77 x 39.96 inches

quantam physics, 2003

installation view at the massachussetts museum of contemporary art, north adams, united states, 2003

quantam physics, 2003

installation view at the massachussetts museum of contemporary art, north adams, united states, 2003

méxico vs brasil, 2004

video transferred to DVD

90:00 minutes

murciélago, 2006

bat and christmas lights

dimensions variable

untitled (rings), 2006

digital inkjet print

38.19 x 51.18 inches

macaco y trapo, 2006

two bicycles and two plastic masks

37.4 x 44.1 x 59.1 inches

buscando criptonita, 2006

video transferred to DVD

5:39 minutes

letreros #1, 2006

digital print

44.88 x 67.72 inches

letreros #2, 2006

digital print

44.88 x 67.72 inches

los pasos del enemigo, 2006

video transferred to dvd

5:39 minutes

acapulco 79, 2008

digital print

55.12 x 70.87 inches

best-seller, 2009

HD video

30:00 minutes

the beast must die (bestseller), 2008

c-print

33 x 46 inches

dedo suizo, 2010

color print

31.5 x 31.5 inches

in the open 1, 2012

digital ink jet print

45.67 x 65.35 inches

color scheme gold, 2012

digital ink jet print

38.58 x 50 inches

color scheme red, 2012

digital ink jet print

38.58 x 50 inches

panic room, 2012

national geographic magazines, wooden pallet, plastic, metal strapping

46 x 39 x 45 inches

panic room, 2012

detail

motel 6, 2012

aluminum, lexan, vinyl, steel, found sticks

384 x 96 x 48 inches

crack, 2012

public sculpture, series of 12 photographs

dimensions variable

crack, 2012

public sculpture, series of 12 photographs

dimensions variable

image

piggy banks, 1994

lime, enamel

dimensions variable

image

museum of natural history series # 3, 1995 (printed in 2007)

digital print

34.65 x 43.31 inches

image

employee of the month #1, 1998

color print

79.75 x 50 inches

image

employee of the month # 4, 1998

color print

80 x 50 inches

image

employee of the month # 7, 1998

color print

80.1 x 50 inches

image

bad route, 1998

oil on canvas

55.25 x 83 inches

image

el arte de la nogaciación, 1999

dimensions variable

image

el arte de la nogaciación, 1999

dimensions variable

image

ridiculum vitae, 2000

carpet

11.5 x 32.8 inches

image

ridiculum vitae, 2000

carpet

11.5 x 32.8 inches

image

antifreeze, 2002

c-print

33 x 46 inches

image

resistol 5000, 2002

metal, fiberglass, vinyl and paint

66 x 64 x 56 inches

image

inverted star / poseídos, 2002

video transferred to DVD

1:57 minutes

image

inverted star / poseídos, 2002

video transferred to DVD

1:57 minutes

image

mutante, 2002

temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultapec lake

image

mutante, 2002

temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultapec lake

image

mutante, 2002

temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultapec lake

image

mutante, 2002

temporary aquarium in the torre latinoamericana in mexico city, mexico displaying fish from chapultapec lake

image

chapultapec # 8, 2003

color print

26.75 x 39.75 inches

image

chapultapec #3, 2003

color print

27 x 39.75 inches

image

chapultapec # 10, 2003

color print

26.77 x 39.96 inches

image

quantam physics, 2003

installation view at the massachussetts museum of contemporary art, north adams, united states, 2003

image

quantam physics, 2003

installation view at the massachussetts museum of contemporary art, north adams, united states, 2003

image

méxico vs brasil, 2004

video transferred to DVD

90:00 minutes

image

murciélago, 2006

bat and christmas lights

dimensions variable

image

untitled (rings), 2006

digital inkjet print

38.19 x 51.18 inches

image

macaco y trapo, 2006

two bicycles and two plastic masks

37.4 x 44.1 x 59.1 inches

image

buscando criptonita, 2006

video transferred to DVD

5:39 minutes

image

letreros #1, 2006

digital print

44.88 x 67.72 inches

image

letreros #2, 2006

digital print

44.88 x 67.72 inches

image

los pasos del enemigo, 2006

video transferred to dvd

5:39 minutes

image

acapulco 79, 2008

digital print

55.12 x 70.87 inches

image

best-seller, 2009

HD video

30:00 minutes

image

the beast must die (bestseller), 2008

c-print

33 x 46 inches

image

dedo suizo, 2010

color print

31.5 x 31.5 inches

image

in the open 1, 2012

digital ink jet print

45.67 x 65.35 inches

image

color scheme gold, 2012

digital ink jet print

38.58 x 50 inches

image

color scheme red, 2012

digital ink jet print

38.58 x 50 inches

image

panic room, 2012

national geographic magazines, wooden pallet, plastic, metal strapping

46 x 39 x 45 inches

image

panic room, 2012

detail

image

motel 6, 2012

aluminum, lexan, vinyl, steel, found sticks

384 x 96 x 48 inches

image

crack, 2012

public sculpture, series of 12 photographs

dimensions variable

image

crack, 2012

public sculpture, series of 12 photographs

dimensions variable

miguel calderón

* 1971,  Mexico City

 

Miguel Calderón explores themes that range from falconry to violence and corruption in Mexico, from youth and family dynamics, to the supernatural. Although his work covers a broad range, it is unified by an ever-present sense of theatricality, the macabre, and a touch of the fantastical. He creates works from a mashup of vernacular references, employing a variety of medium, including video, photography, sculpture and painting. His pieces often combine a dark sense of humor with a certain playfulness and Pop culture references, such as music videos,  tabloids, and rock music. These influences are absorbed and reconfigured into works that explore deep social and personal territories. For Calderón, it is important that art be accessible; he came of age as an artist in Mexico during the 1990s, when he was a key figure in the development of a young alternative art scene in Mexico, associated with the non-commercial art space he co-founded called La Panadería. In his practice he considers the divide between the rarified world of “high art” and the day-to-day, deftly weaving together a combination of mockery, foolishness, social critique and sincerity of emotion to create an image that resonates on many levels.

 

Calderón received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1994. He has been the recipient of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation Grant & Commissions program (2013), The MacArthur Fellowship for Film and New Media (2000), and the Bancomer/Rockefeller Fellowship (1995).

 

His most important solo exhibitions include: Miguel Calderón: Color Bleed, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, New York (2012); Miguel Calderón, solo project, Casa América, Madrid, Spain (2010); Conversations with a Tropical Vulture, with George Kuchar, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2010); Bestseller, Panorámica, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (2009); Ridiculum Vitae, La Panadería, Mexico City, Mexico (1998).  Additionally, he has participated in group shows at the following institutions: Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (2014); Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California (2014); The Foundation Cartier, Paris, France (2013); Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City, Mexico (2011); The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California (2011); Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico (2010); Museum Moderner Kunst (MUMOK), Vienna, Austria (2009); National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2007); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, United States (2007), PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, United States (2002), among others. 

 

Calderón has participated in various biennials, including: 7th Internationale Photo-Triennial, Esslingen, Germany (2007); Bussan Biennale, Bussan, Korea (2006); Sharja Biennial 7, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2005), Yokohama Triennale of Contemporary Art, Yokohama, Japan (2005); ARCO, Madrid, Spain (1998).

 

Calderón currently lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico.