2009 – Danilo Dueñas: A Flight

February 25 – March 26

Casas Riegner is pleased to announce the opening of its first exhibition by contemporary Colombian artist Danilo Dueñas. “A Flight” (Un Vuelo) brings together a series of installations, onsite interventions and painterly sculptural works that propose a novel interpretation of some fundamental aspects of the artist’s oeuvre; with this new system of works, Dueñas undoubtedly defies artistic convention and attains an impressive transformation of the gallery space.

The title of the exhibition references one of the premises underlying Dueñas’ work: the notion of no forma (lack of form) best explained as “that which is not conceived as art, but promises to be a form of the future”, and is defined in terms of movement or different levels of speed. The word flight brings to mind notions of movement, transition and progression; it recalls the swift yet somewhat steady motion of an airplane through the air, which the artist deems as fascinating as experiencing an empty exhibition hall. Flight suggests passing beyond the ordinary boundaries of art, while also pointing to the mental amplitude required for approaching Dueñas’ art.

The artist is known for working with unconventional materials. He uses found objects such as truck tires, cabinets, fluorescent lights and tables, which he carefully arranges in the gallery space consequently conferring upon these a new conceptual and aesthetic force. Dueñas’ creative process is exempt from any previous planning; this unboundedness results in the artist’s full engagement with the space and the objects he selects.  Some of the works featured in the exhibition are made up of objects found in the gallery like wooden pedestals, baseboards, lighting rails and drywall boards which the artist dismantles and alters in an attempt to reveal the hidden universe that lies beneath our visible world.  The idea of providing an unobstructed view of the invisible is a significant element of Dueñas’ artistic practice, for through his work he effectively confirms that the unseen is as powerful as that which is perceptible by the eye.

Danilo Dueñas was born in 1956 in Cali, Colombia, and currently lives and works in Bogotá. He has exhibited widely both locally and abroad. Selected exhibitions include: “Local”, III Premio Luis Caballero, Galeria Santa Fé, Bogotá  (2003); “Local (BOG-CCS)”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofia Imber, Caracas (2003); “Circunstancia” Galería Casas Riegner, Bogotá (2005);  “Dentro del espacio expositivo” Periférico, Caracas (2008); “Correspondences, Contemporary Art from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Wheaton College, Massachusetts (2008);  “Geografías (in)visibles, Arte Contemporáneo Latinoamericano en la Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Centro León, República Dominicana (2008); 41 Salón Nacional de Artistas, Cali (2008-09). Dueñas works as a faculty member in the Department of Fine Arts at Los Andes University in Bogotá.

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