Tania Pérez Córdova Unveils an Artwork’s Afterlife, Re’al Christian, δημοσίεση στο Frieze [9/2/2023]
Empty window frames cast in bronze, a large floral ceramic vessel and a shelf lined with ice portraits in sunken relief are among the works that open Tania Pérez Córdova’s exhibition ‘Generalización’ at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City. Time, absence and chance encounter emerge as thematic throughlines in the Mexico City-based artist’s first museum solo exhibition, curated by Humberto Moro. Demonstrating Pérez Córdova’s unique approach to media, her sculptures and assemblages often integrate quotidian materials that are deconstructed and reconfigured to resemble, but not mirror, their original forms. Undergirded by implicit narrative connections between each object, the works reckon with absence and emptiness in different settings, bringing our attention to what remains.
The exhibition centres on several time-based sculptures. For her installation Todas nuestras explicaciones (All Our Explanations, 2022), the artist produced concrete moulds of the heads of anonymous models, which she then filled with water and froze. The portraits sit on a shelf lining one of the gallery walls. As they melt, they drip into metal buckets like a ticking metronome. This reveals, according to the wall label, a ‘repository of the mind’ – one that emphasizes the discursive tension between positive and negative space as a visual metaphor for the mind taking shape and a tangible accumulation of time.