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Luis Felipe Ortega | Noche larga en el presente

23.09.16 - December, 2016

Central to Luis Felipe’s research are the themes of silence and the void as devices for subjective construction. The artist approaches these subjects from a philosophical standpoint that then becomes an individual political position.  But for this exhibition he decided to invert the equation:  beginning with the political position of what it means for the Mexican state to make something invisible, the task is to place the spectator before this void, making it a fixed axis for his or her critical subjectivity.


The principal work of the show addresses the disappearance of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa. Luis Felipe Ortega is interested in defining the ways in which contemporary art can approximate the construction of critical discourse without becoming a propaganda statement or an illustration.  The works create a path that goes from the dangerous space created by silence (quoting Pasolini, Nono and Abbado) to the vertigo and darkness of the present.  Fundamental in this exhibition is the company of writers such as William S. Burroughs, Céline Beckette, Jean Genet, and Truman Capote whose presence is echoed throughout the gallery.


Extención del dibujo en el espacio acentuando su peso, 2016 

Graphite on river stones, plumbs, wire and wood

80 x 80 x 500 cm (aprox) // 31.49’’ x 31.49’’ x 196.85’’ (approx)


Sin Título (Horizonte Invertido transportable), 2016   

Graphite and acrylic on paper

230 x 115 cm // 9.55’’ x 45.27’’


Algunos momentos en que algo pierde peso (o no), 2014  

Graphite, liquid graphite and ink on paper

30 x 44 cm c/u // 11.81’’ x 17.32’’ each

9 pieces polyptych


Esquina expandida (línea, cantos, reflejo y peso), 2016 

Wood, glass, wire and plumb

65 x 65 x 500 cm (aprox) // 25.59’’ x 25,59’’ x 196,85’’ (approx)


Sin Título (la oscuridad y el color en Marcel Broodthaers), 2016   

Oil on wood, 4 pieces polyptych

80 x 80 cm (c/u) // 31.49’’ x 31.49’’ (each) 


Sobre la desaparición de las luciérnagas No. 1, 2016 

Graphite on river stones, tempered glass

160 x 50 x 33 cm // 62.99’’ x 19.68’’ x 12.99’’


Reconocimiento del vacío, la línea y el color, 2016 

Ink and acrylic on paper

210 x 100 cm // 82.67’’ x 39.37’’


Sobre la desaparición de las luciérnagas No. 2, 2016 

Graphite on volcanic and river stones, tempered glass

115 x 45 x 33 cm / 45.27’’ x 17.71’’ x 12.99’’


Sin Título (El Espacio del adentro/silencio), 2016   

Graphite on paper

230  x 115 cm / 9.55’’ x 45.27’’


Noche larga en el presente (43 ensayos entorno a los normalistas de Ayotzinapa desaparecidos el 26 de septiembre del 2014), 2016   

Graphite and pastel on paper

40 x 70 cm c/u // 15.74’’ x 27.55’’ each

43 pieces polyptych