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Enrique Martinez Celaya: The Pearl
SITE Santa Fe (USA)

13.07 - 13.10.2013

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SITE Santa Fe presents a new project by Enrique Martínez Celaya titled The Pearl. For this exhibition, Martínez Celaya transforms almost 12,000 square feet of SITE’s gallery spaces into an immersive environment that includes painting, sculpture, video, photography, waterwork, sound, and writing, as well as the artist's first musical arrangement. This exhibition integrates and expands many of the elements and ideas that the artist has engaged with over the last several years. In The Pearl, the artist takes the notion of home as both a point of departure and a destination to craft a visual poem of strong emotional, philosophical, and psychological resonance. The structure of the exhibition invites movement through the galleries thus unfolding a multi-layered narrative where objects, images, and references are continuously reconsidered in a similar way that a piece of music, a film, or a novel are revealed in time.

Exhibition July 13 - October 13, 2013. SITE Santa Fe, 1606 Paseo de Peralta - Santa Fe, NM  (USA). Opening Hours : Thursday and Saturday 10am-5pm; Friday 10am-7pm; Sunday 12pm-5pm; closed Monday-Wednesday. Open Wednesdays in July and August. Free admission on Fridays.

Enrique Martinez Celaya: The Pearl, SITE Santa Fe Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Pearl (in process, Miami studio), 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Pearl (in process, Miami studio), 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

In creating The Pearl, many materials and ideas come together as Martínez Celaya transforms the entire building into a work of art whose imagery point to the natural world and the everyday seen through the window of sorrow. But far from being a work of despair, the power of The Pearl resides precisely in its ability to reinvent loss as hope and the mundane as the fantastic. The artist has said, "a pearl grows from an irritation, a desire to seal the disturbance, and this a fitting way to look at much of what we do with our life, or to what our life has done with and to us."

The exhibition weaves together music, sound, images of pine trees, the ocean and a German Shepherd, an elephant made of jewels, a burnt dining room set, and paintings of the past and the present to evoke a state of unbearable concreteness as well as fantasy, where brutality, imagination, memory, and longing become different facets of the same experience.

This installation will be accompanied by a documentary film on the making of The Pearl by Peter Kirby. The artist is also collaborating with Santa Fe-based Radius Books to produce a book related to the exhibition.

Enrique Martínez Celaya’s interdisciplinary practice, which encompasses painting, sculpture, photography and writing, is influenced by a wide array of interests including Nordic poetry, samurai mores, quantum physics, the emotional mechanisms of kitsch, analytic and continental philosophy, Latin American literature and everyday life. Martínez Celaya begins with the autobiographical to explore the universal. Although his figures echo archetype-like symbols alluding to larger existential concerns, the artist considers the subject matter the framework of his practice to be constantly evolving.

Artist talk and book signing on Tuesday, October 1, 6pm.