Construction of a signal

Oscar M. Garcìa |

Residency opening on Thursday October 3rd 2013 Exhibition from September 30th to October 13th 2013

Oscar M. García is a conceptual Mexican artist who broaches diverse social phenomena such as political migration, drug traffic, every-day collective memory, oblivion and indifference. His project, Construction of a signal, aims to beget a sequence of visual studies on smoke – ephemeral manifestation of a circumstance, that dissipates and falls into oblivion. By using the approach of scientific illustrations, the artist initiates a reflexion on the systems of mass communication that, while being a natural and social occurrence of big importance, are symbolically represented by the image of this evanescent element, whose nature refers to the more general notion of transformation of matter. Oscar M. García brings up the idea that the shown works of art can function as a comparative metaphor to the eruption of Popocatepetl (Mexican volcano, located near the capital), to the violence in Mexico and all over the world, but also, to the apparent transformation of the church, and to oil spill disasters. With Construction of a signal, the artist suggests to reconsider the study of these phenomena, to « freeze » the signal in a mnemonic gesture, while underlining its dynamic constitution and the importance of its evolutive structure. García seeks to detect the exact moment when memory gives way to indifference, solidifying the phenomena and erasing the traces of their dynamism. The entire exhibition is conceived over the image of smoke – visual and sound matter that infiltrates the atmosphere while evaporating, as a line in the water. Oscar M. García’s site-specific residency is possible thanks to the long-date collaboration between CALQ (QC) and FONCA (MX).


Bio

Oscar M. Garcìa est né au Mexique en 1970. Il a étudié les arts à l’Université Autonome du Sinaloa et a obtenu un diplôme en arts visuels de l’Université Autonome du Mexique. Il a fait partie des ateliers donnés par des artistes comme Rafael Ortega, Miguel Calderon, entre autres. Il a été honoré par de multiples prix et distinctions, dont le prix national OMNILIFE (l’événement Johnny Walker dans le Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Mexico) et le prix d’État Antonio Lopez Saenz (la biennale plastique du Sinaloa), la bourse pour jeunes artistes du Fonds National pour la culture et les arts du Mexique (FONCA), la subvention de résidence par l’École d’art Mason Gross à l’Université Rutgers, New Jersey (É.-U.). Son travail a été présenté lors de plusieurs expositions, des biennales et des événements à New York (É.-U.), Brasilia (BR), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Taiwan (Chine), Paris (FR), entre autres.




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