Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled”, 1995 at Sonora 128, Mexico City
The eighth iteration of Sonora 128 presents the billboard work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled”, 1995. From January through February 2018, a black and white image of a bird soaring through space will simultaneously appear on six billboards located throughout the metropolitan area of Mexico City. Dispersing itself throughout the urban environment in a final parting gesture, the once fixed billboard takes flight in Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s work, dissolving into the city, in celebration of both presence and absence.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s billboards are mutable works. Following the idea of movement, flux and change, they manifest themselves in multiples across the urban landscape, always in at least six locations. The expansive, open nature of this work allows a broad cross section of the population to encounter billboards in different social and economic contexts, allowing its spectators to question notions of urban landscape, as well as how and who can occupy public space.
Throughout his career, Gonzalez-Torres’s involvement in social and political causes fueled his interest in the overlap of private and public life. His aesthetic project was, according to some scholars, related to Bertolt Brecht’s theory of epic theater, in which creative expression transforms the spectator from an inert receiver to an active, reflective observer and motivates social action.
The extension of Gonzalez-Torres’s project amplifies the reach of the original Sonora 128 billboard, transforming its scope throughout the terrain of Mexico City. Since its inception in March 2016, Sonora 128 has formed a natural offshoot to kurimanzutto’s first experimental energy outside the white cube. Within a two year program, it has showcased works by eight artists at the fixed corner of Avenida Sonora and Nuevo León in colonia Condesa, in tandem to satellite exhibitions, conversations and performances.
Our thanks to the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation and Andrea Rosen Gallery for their generous support and kind advice, which has made this project possible.
at Sonora 128, Mexico City
until February 2018