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adrián villar rojas - the theater of disappearance

MOCA - Los Angeles
October 22, 2017 - May 13, 2018
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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

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installation view of adrián villar rojas, the theater of disappearance, moca, los ángeles, 2017

MOCA presents Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance, a site-specific installation inside The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA’s warehouse space. Villar Rojas (b. 1980, Rosario, Argentina) has built a singular practice by creating environments and objects that seem to be in search of their place in time. Villar Rojas’s interventions beckon viewers to consider fragments that exist in a slippery space between the future, the past, and an alternate reality in the present. With his post-human artworks, Villar Rojas posits the question: What happens after the end of art?

 

Although what Villar Rojas will introduce into The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA’s exhibition space could reasonably be understood as sculpture, it also acts as the material basis for his ontological inquiries. In an effort to undermine the critical terms that often enable and sustain the commercial and institutional art world, such as endurance, reproducibility, tradability, and transportability, everything in Villar Rojas’s project is carefully planned to show its temporal side: What is doomed to disappearance, what cannot be preserved. Villar Rojas unveils this spatial and material fragility to remind us of the fleeting and minuscule presence of our own existence in the universe.

 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color publication with an introduction by MOCA Research Assistant for Latin American Art Bryan Barcena, and a conversation between Villar Rojas and MOCA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth. Vividly illustrated using computer renderings and drawings, the publication provides a glimpse into the process by which an Adrián Villar Rojas project comes to fruition.


 

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