Charlie Levine unpacks some cultural baggage from her suitcases with Guillermo Aguilar–Huerta for the Monday Pick.
Mexico and Berlin are places existing on very different planes in the popular imagination. You think of Mexico, and you’re encouraged to think of bright colours, hot sunshine, masks and shadows, play and performance. And what about Berlin — what do our cultural prejudices make of that city? There’s the intense art scene, the alternative spaces, the once–divided city; it is grey, with a mix of the silver–new and the concrete–old, austere with a dirty underworld. Put the two together though and you get Mexico born, now Berlin–based artist, Guillermo Aguilar–Huerta.
Geometrical abstraction dominates Aguilar–Huerta’s work, a mix of definite line with a variety of exotic color combinations, which come from universal, traditional and Op–art aesthetics. He uses these repetitive shapes to create forms that mimic architecture, technology, mobility and modernity.
In the installation Open Secrets, 2012, Aguilar–Huerta presents us with old suitcases, all of which have been painted in wild colours and patterns, it’s aim “to give the viewer the opportunity to explore [the] endless that some of us find hard to detect, others may even consider it boring but the fact is we do not know [what] fate predisposes for us, surprises, opportunities and adventures,” writes the artist.
Adoring surprises, opportunities and adventures as we do at Artfetch, we can completely identify with that, and with what the artist goes on to say about his closed suitcases: “They are always waiting to be formally opened. Curiosity will always show that it takes not only courage, but also desire and energy to explore.” No wonder we love Aguilar–Huerta’s work so much, it makes us think of that excitement of coming face to face something new every day, which is, after all, what loving art is all about.