Participating artists: Tony Cruz, Ícaro Zorbar, Bernardo Ortiz, Johanna Calle, Luis Roldan, José Antonio Suárez Londoño, Mateo López, Pedro Gómez-Egaña, Angélica Teuta, Teresa Currea Moncaleano, Alex Rodríguez and Antonio Caro.
Associations between music and visual arts have existed for centuries. In The Music of Painting, Peter Vergo affirms that these connections strengthened during the emergence and development of modernism. The XXth century witnessed major socio-cultural ruptures that triggered free experimentation and the interdisciplinary nature of artistic practices, a phenomenon that was accentuated during the 1960s. Music, a discipline that held a decisive influence over the field of culture during this particular period, continues to act as a driving force behind contemporary artistic projects.
Música gathers works by a multigenerational group of artists that articulate connections between music and contemporary drawing. Ranging from intimate illustrative drawings to three-dimensional, to sound pieces, and abstract compositions employing unconventional materials, the works on view celebrate the stimulating and effective qualities of music. Moreover, the exhibition aims to highlight the experimental nature of both disciplines by providing a unique aesthetic and sound experience of evocative visual rhythms and harmonies.
Música is part of an ongoing series of exhibitions dedicated to the exploration of drawing. Since its inception in 2007, this special series has become a fundamental component of Casas Riegner’s exhibition and curatorial program.
Johanna Calle (Bogotá, 1965) studied Art at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá and at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London. Her most recent exhibitions include: Irregular Hexagon, Colombian Art in Residence (curated by José Roca), San Art, HCM City, Vietnam, 2012; When Attitudes Became Form, Attitudes Become, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, USA, 2012; and Signos, Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia, 2011.
Bernardo Ortiz (Bogotá, 1972) completed studies in Philosophy, Literature and Visual Arts. He has participated in important international exhibitions such as: 30 Sao Paulo Biennial, Brazil, 2012; II Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, France, 2011; and El ojo del coleccionista, Maraloto Collection, Museo del Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia, 2011.
Jose Antonio Suarez Londoño (Medellin, 1955) holds Bachelor Degrees in Fine Arts and Biology. He has participated in major international exhibitions such as: The Yearbooks, Drawing Center, New York, USA, 2012; El camino más largo comienza con una símple línea, Galería Continua, San Gimignano, Italy, 2012; and The Modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern Times, MoMA, New York, USA, 2010.
Antonio Caro (Bogotá, 1950) studied Plastic Arts at Universidad Nacional de Colombia from 1969 to 1971. His most recent shows include: En MACO Todo está muy Caro, Zona Maco Sur, Mexico City, Mexico, 2012; Crisisss. Ameríca Latina, arte y confrontación 1910 – 2010, Museo Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico, 2011; and En Cali me regalaron esta espectacular Camiseta, La Vitrina, Lugar a Dudas, Cali, Colombia, 2010.
Ícaro Zorbar (Bogotá, 1977) holds a Bachelor Degree in Film and Television, besides a Masters Degree in Plastic Arts, from Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Zorbar has participated in major international exhibitions such as: IT’S YOUR TURN, Galleria Bianconi, Milan, Italy, 2013; 30 Biennial de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2012; Imaginary Homelands, The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU), Toronto, Canada, 2011; and Algún Día te Diremos Adiós, Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami, USA, 2011.
Tony Cruz (Vega Alta, Puerto Rico 1977) completed studies at Escuela de Artes Plásticas in Puerto Rico and Universidad Castilla La Mancha in Spain. His numerous exhibitions include: Andamios, Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia, 2011; Artist’s Books, II Poli/Grafica Trienal, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2009; and Acciones Disolventes, Latin American Videoart, Centro Cultura Chacao, Venezuela, 2009.
Luis Roldán (Cali, 1955) studied Architecture at Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá and later on Engraving and Art History in Paris. His exhibitions include: X Monterrey FEMSA Biennial, Monterrey, Mexico, 2012; Salto Tequendama, Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia, 2011; and Transparencias, Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia, 2011.
Teresa Currea Moncaleano (Bogotá, 1985) studied Plastic Arts at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Recent group exhibitions include: Transitions, Sicardi Gallery, Houston, USA, 2013; Lenguajes en Papel, Galería El Museo, Bogotá, Colombia, 2013; Pabellón Artecámara, Feria Internacional de Arte de Bogotá ArtBo, 2012; and Escenarios Atípicos, Centre for Recent Drawing, London, England, 2011.
Mateo López (Bogotá, 1978) holds a Degree in Fine Arts at Universidad de los Andes. Significant solo exhibitions include: Casi un objeto, Galería Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain, 2013; Avenida Primavera, casa número dos, Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia, 2012; Irregular Hexagon, Colombian Art in Residence (curated by José Roca), Jerusalem Center for the Visual Arts, Jerusalem, Israel / 72-13, Singapore City, Singapore, 2012; and Maio, Luisa Strina Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2011.
Pedro Gómez-Egaña (Bucaramanga, 1976) is a musician, artist and teacher. He has completed several studies in Music and Music Composition, besides holding a Masters Degree in Visual Arts. His projects have been exhibited in different institutions such as Goldsmiths University, Bergen National Academy of Arts, Quebec’s Rencontre International d’Art Performance, London’s Institute of Contemporary Art and Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Gómez-Egaña has also worked as a composer for European theater companies, among them Theatre EnCorps and Philipp Gehmacher.
Angélica Teuta (Medellín, 1985) studied Plastic Arts at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Her most recent solo exhibitions include: RE place/ RE quest, Gendai Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2012; and Escenas para evitar las pesadillas, Casas Riegner Gallery, Bogotá, Colombia, 2011. Teuta has two upcoming solo shows between April and June of this year: Lo que se ve y no se ve, Sala de exposiciones ASAB, Bogotá, Colombia; and RE place / RE quest, Photogalleriet Gallery, Oslo, Norway.
Alex Rodríguez (Cali, 1981) holds a Masters Degree in Plastic Arts from Universidad de Popayán. Recent solo shows include: Las Américas, Galería Santa Fe, Bogotá, Colombia, 2011; Chelsea, Rica The Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2011; Libros, Museo de Arte Moderno de Barranquilla MAMB, Barranquilla, Colombia, 2011; and Morris, Coordenadas para un lugar imposible, Centro Colombo Americano, Bogotá, Colombia, 2011.