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alberca para muro, 1999

plastic,paper mache, plaster, polyurethane, venice mosaic

alberca para muro, 1999

plastic, paper mache, plaster, polyurethane, venice mosaic

alberca semi-olímpica para muro, 2009

mosaic, plastic

dimensions variable

alberca semi-olímpica para muro, 2009

mosaic, plastic

dimensions variable

azul acapulco, 2000

mosaic, plaster, paper mache

31.5 inches diameter

dorso, 2011

venice mosaic, steel, cement, brick

35.43 x 78.74 x 47.24 inches

cinco jardines flotantes para cinco piedras, 2009

five stones and five floating gardens made out of plastic bins, plastic containers, rubber tires, wood, plastic bags with earth and plants

137.8 inches diameter

installation view at casa del lago, mexico city

cinco jardines flotantes para cinco piedras, 2009

five stones and five floating gardens made out of plastic bins, plastic containers, rubber tires, wood, plastic bags with earth and plants

137.8 inches diameter

installation view at casa del lago, mexico city

filtro lama, 2011

vidrio, 180 litros de agua, luz, alga, plástico

130 x 150 x 20 centímetros

filtro lama, 2011

vidrio, 180 litros de agua, luz, alga, plástico

130 x 150 x 20 centímetros

filtro lama, 2011

vidrio, 180 litros de agua, luz, alga, plástico

130 x 150 x 20 centímetros

doble turno, 1994

plastic balls, nylon

dimensions variable

detail at muac museo de arte contemporáneo, mexico city

doble turno, 1994

plastic balls, nylon

dimensions variable

detail at muac museo de arte contemporáneo, mexico city

espejo de agua, 1998

caramel, artificial edible colorant

variable dimensions

emulsión doméstica, 2005

wood, paint, bulb, plexiglass, steel

98.43 x 88.19 x 88.19 inches

emulsión doméstica, 2005

wood, paint, bulb, plexiglass, steel

98.43 x 88.19 x 88.19 inches

filtro ámbar, 2011

acrylic, steel wire, anodized aluminium

dimensions variable

espectro, 1993 - 2011

carpet, wood, engraved metal plate

dimensions variable

espectro, 1993 - 2011

carpet, wood, engraved metal plate

variable dimensions

instrucciones para tejer una flor, 2013

plastic fiber

218.11 x 217.32 inches

fuego enlatado con plan extraterrestre, 2001 - 2011

910 cans of alcohol

dimensions variable

fuego envasado, 2001

600 cans of alcohol on grass

dimensions variable

cosecha espacial, 2005

white neon, artificial plants

two modules of 125.98 x 110.24 x 1.18 inches

expansión cósmica, 2005

aluminiun, acrylic, formica, steel wire

dimensions variable

germen voynich, 2005

wood

dimensions variable

germen voynich, 2005

wood

dimensions variable

jardín portátil, 2001

plants, wooden movable platform

78.74 x 78.74 inches

muro que se desprende, 2002 - 2011

four liters of glue, 20 kilos of glitter

dimensions variable

untitled (méxico), 2001

natural plants, water, nylon, plastic

dimensions variable

personal cage 1, 2013

welded and forged steel, matte black automotive paint

98.43 x 98.43 inches

personal cage 2, 2013

welded and forged steel, matte black automotive paint

98.43 x 98.43 x 98.43 inches

personal cage 3, 2013

welded and forged steel, matte black automotive paint

98.43 inches diameter

personal cage 4, 2013

welded and forged steel, matte black automotive paint

118.11 x 47.24 inches

permeabilidad translúcida (horizontes I), 2010 - 2011

india paper, water

19.29 x 28.74 inches

permeabilidad translúcida (horizontes IV), 2010-2011

india paper and water

19.29 x 28.74 inches each

trébol volcánico, 2006

obsidian

10.63 x 51.18 x 43.31 inches

muro de construcción, 2011

wood, metal, plaster, cement, stone, glass, mirror, ironworks, brick

installation: 78.74 x 188.98 x 7.87 inches. each cube: 7.87 x 7.87 x 7.87 inches

muro de construcción, 2011

wood, metal, plaster, cement, stone, glass, mirror, ironworks, brick

installation: 78.74 x 188.98 x 7.87 inches. each cube: 7.87 x 7.87 x 7.87 inches

image

alberca para muro, 1999

plastic,paper mache, plaster, polyurethane, venice mosaic

image

alberca para muro, 1999

plastic, paper mache, plaster, polyurethane, venice mosaic

image

alberca semi-olímpica para muro, 2009

mosaic, plastic

dimensions variable

image

alberca semi-olímpica para muro, 2009

mosaic, plastic

dimensions variable

image

azul acapulco, 2000

mosaic, plaster, paper mache

31.5 inches diameter

image

dorso, 2011

venice mosaic, steel, cement, brick

35.43 x 78.74 x 47.24 inches

image

cinco jardines flotantes para cinco piedras, 2009

five stones and five floating gardens made out of plastic bins, plastic containers, rubber tires, wood, plastic bags with earth and plants

137.8 inches diameter

installation view at casa del lago, mexico city

image

cinco jardines flotantes para cinco piedras, 2009

five stones and five floating gardens made out of plastic bins, plastic containers, rubber tires, wood, plastic bags with earth and plants

137.8 inches diameter

installation view at casa del lago, mexico city

image

filtro lama, 2011

vidrio, 180 litros de agua, luz, alga, plástico

130 x 150 x 20 centímetros

image

filtro lama, 2011

vidrio, 180 litros de agua, luz, alga, plástico

130 x 150 x 20 centímetros

image

filtro lama, 2011

vidrio, 180 litros de agua, luz, alga, plástico

130 x 150 x 20 centímetros

image

doble turno, 1994

plastic balls, nylon

dimensions variable

detail at muac museo de arte contemporáneo, mexico city

image

doble turno, 1994

plastic balls, nylon

dimensions variable

detail at muac museo de arte contemporáneo, mexico city

image

espejo de agua, 1998

caramel, artificial edible colorant

variable dimensions

image

emulsión doméstica, 2005

wood, paint, bulb, plexiglass, steel

98.43 x 88.19 x 88.19 inches

image

emulsión doméstica, 2005

wood, paint, bulb, plexiglass, steel

98.43 x 88.19 x 88.19 inches

image

filtro ámbar, 2011

acrylic, steel wire, anodized aluminium

dimensions variable

image

espectro, 1993 - 2011

carpet, wood, engraved metal plate

dimensions variable

image

espectro, 1993 - 2011

carpet, wood, engraved metal plate

variable dimensions

image

instrucciones para tejer una flor, 2013

plastic fiber

218.11 x 217.32 inches

image

fuego enlatado con plan extraterrestre, 2001 - 2011

910 cans of alcohol

dimensions variable

image

fuego envasado, 2001

600 cans of alcohol on grass

dimensions variable

image

cosecha espacial, 2005

white neon, artificial plants

two modules of 125.98 x 110.24 x 1.18 inches

image

expansión cósmica, 2005

aluminiun, acrylic, formica, steel wire

dimensions variable

image

germen voynich, 2005

wood

dimensions variable

image

germen voynich, 2005

wood

dimensions variable

image

jardín portátil, 2001

plants, wooden movable platform

78.74 x 78.74 inches

image

muro que se desprende, 2002 - 2011

four liters of glue, 20 kilos of glitter

dimensions variable

image

untitled (méxico), 2001

natural plants, water, nylon, plastic

dimensions variable

image

personal cage 1, 2013

welded and forged steel, matte black automotive paint

98.43 x 98.43 inches

image

personal cage 2, 2013

welded and forged steel, matte black automotive paint

98.43 x 98.43 x 98.43 inches

image

personal cage 3, 2013

welded and forged steel, matte black automotive paint

98.43 inches diameter

image

personal cage 4, 2013

welded and forged steel, matte black automotive paint

118.11 x 47.24 inches

image

permeabilidad translúcida (horizontes I), 2010 - 2011

india paper, water

19.29 x 28.74 inches

image

permeabilidad translúcida (horizontes IV), 2010-2011

india paper and water

19.29 x 28.74 inches each

image

trébol volcánico, 2006

obsidian

10.63 x 51.18 x 43.31 inches

image

muro de construcción, 2011

wood, metal, plaster, cement, stone, glass, mirror, ironworks, brick

installation: 78.74 x 188.98 x 7.87 inches. each cube: 7.87 x 7.87 x 7.87 inches

image

muro de construcción, 2011

wood, metal, plaster, cement, stone, glass, mirror, ironworks, brick

installation: 78.74 x 188.98 x 7.87 inches. each cube: 7.87 x 7.87 x 7.87 inches

sofía táboas
* 1968, Mexico City

 

Sofía Táboas investigates both natural and man-made space; how it is built and transformed, thought about and perceived. This interest is evident in the materials she uses in her sculptures and installations: artificial and live plants, mosaics, pool equipment, construction materials, plastic, light bulbs, and fire, among others. Her work creates a threshold, a boundary between elements that may be incongruent or seemingly irreconcilable, that serves to reinvent the borders of the public and the private, the inside and the outside. Táboas deftly manipulates space to create interactive structures and contexts where materials can be interpreted on new terms. Despite its seeming formal sobriety, her work is capable of creating habitats, such as floating gardens or underwater scenes, exploring new protozoan life, and give rise to new movement and perception exercises. Influenced by the Arte Povera and Neo-concrete movements, Táboas’ practice can be thought of as an archeology of the future, in which the use of common materials serves to breach the gap separating us from what is outside, of a distant tomorrow, surrounding the spectator with the familiar, in the here and now.

 

Sofía Táboas received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNAM, Mexico City (1986-1990). During the 90s, she was a founding member of the alternative space Temístocles 44in Mexico City.

 

Her most important exhibitions include: Piedra principio, Fundación RAC, Pontevedra, Spain (2014); Revisiones Superficies Límites, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2011); Cinco jardines flotantes para cinco piedras, Casa de Lago Juan José Arreola, Mexico City, Mexico (2009); Azul Pacífico, Casa Barragán, Mexico City, Mexico (2008); Silvestre, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City, Mexico (2002). Additionally, she has participated in group exhibitions at the following institutions: FRAC Bourgogne in Dijon, France (2014); Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (2013); Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) Long Beach, California, United States (2012); MUCA-UNAM (Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte), Mexico City, (2008); The Moore Building, Miami, United States (2002).

 

Sofía Táboas currently lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico.