The Ideogram of Place: Jesús Matheus at Ceclia de Torres, Ltd., New York
For Jesús Matheus’ first solo show in New York City, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. invited art historian and curator Juan Ledezma to work closely with the artist in developing the exhibition, The Ideogram of Place. Adopting the concept of the ideogram-a sign that represents an idea without explicitly depicting it-the artist and the curator assembled a selection of paintings, works on paper, and sculptures that reference the architecture of the gallery space through their composition, texture, and color. According to Ledezma, the purpose of this exhibition is to “construct the notion of another place for the perception of form-a place forged midway between the self-enclosure of the aesthetic medium and its exposure to what lies beyond the medium’s notional frame. The exhibition does not seek, therefore, to step outside either the sculptural or pictorial mediums or to divert them within an expanded field. Here the subject of expansion is the ideogram itself-the goal being to produce signs that point at both the autonomous site of abstraction and the actual site from which abstract form is perceived.”
An exhibition catalogue titled Jesús Matheus. Form. Sign. Place, including an illustrated chronology and texts by Juan Ledezma and Cecilia de Torres, is available.
The exhibition is on view through January 2015 at Ceclia de Torres, Ltd., 134-140 Greene Street (SoHo), New York.