Noé Martínez El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo congénito

Noé Martínez

El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo congénito

November 8 – December 22, 2018

 Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8, 2018 | 6-8 pm

Efrain Lopez Gallery is proud to present the Mexican artist Noé Martínez’s first solo exhibition in the United States, El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo congénito. Martínez’s multimedia work resists easy categorization as surely as his title defies correlative translation. Fragments of cut, tanned, and dyed skins, porcelain objects glinting with gold details, and a video installation combine to deliver a poetic denunciation of the atrocious abuses committed against the artist’s ancestors by European invaders over the course of the conquest of Mexico.

Based on stories transmitted over generations from the original inhabitants of the Huasteca region near the Gulf of Mexico, Martínez’s work asserts personal narratives through a transglobal framework. He identifies the sea as a space that contains the history of the forced migration of the Huastec people to the Caribbean Sea, and later, the kidnapping and portage of African populations to New Spain. Pairing the spattered pigments of his gestural abstractions with dyed leather stamped to mimic the designs that once adorned the Huastec’s skins, Martínez conjures both the battering force of sea spray and the literal violence of enslavement. Turbulent waves are the subject of the video Gramática de las ausencía (2018), which overlays the surf with a narrative twice-filtered through the languages of colonizers, taking a history of the conquest of Mexico written in Old Castilian and translated into French. This non- linear story brings together diverse experiences while submitting the sea as a site of collective memory linked to the slave episodes of colonial Mexico. As a descendant of these subjugated peoples, Martínez recognizes in his own experiences the present consequences of past economic systems based on dehumanization. The artist traces the forms of slavery’s contemporary reverberations in racism, social exclusion, and the unquantifiable loss of indigenous identity in Mexico, which Martínez embodies through imaginative acts of recuperation.

Noé Martínez (b. 1986, Michoacán, Mexico) lives and works in Mexico City. Recent solo and group shows include Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC); Parque Galería, Mexico City; Fundación Alumnos47, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico; Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy; and the Art Center Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, amongst others. His work was featured in the Bienal de Arte Emergente de Monterrey at the Centro de las Artes de Parque Fundidora, Monterrey (2012). This is his first exhibition at Efrain Lopez Gallery.

 Installation view,  El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo congénito,  2018, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

Installation view, El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo congénito, 2018, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

 Installation view,  El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo congénito,  2018, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

Installation view, El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo congénito, 2018, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

 Installation view,  El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo congénito,  2018, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

Installation view, El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo congénito, 2018, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

 Installation view,  El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo cogénito,  2018, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

Installation view, El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo cogénito, 2018, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

 Installation view,  El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo congénito , 2018, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

Installation view, El lenguaje, la lengua y el esclavo congénito, 2018, Efrain Lopez Gallery, Chicago

 Gramática de las ausencias, 2018, single-channel video, sound, 19:17 min, Edition of 3+1AP

Gramática de las ausencias, 2018, single-channel video, sound, 19:17 min, Edition of 3+1AP

  Marina 2 , 2018, oil on printed canvas, leather and obsidian, 190 x 160 cm

Marina 2, 2018, oil on printed canvas, leather and obsidian, 190 x 160 cm

 Detail view,  Marina 2 , 2018, oil on printed canvas, leather and obsidian, 190 x 160 cm

Detail view, Marina 2, 2018, oil on printed canvas, leather and obsidian, 190 x 160 cm

  Marina 3 , 2018, oil on printed canvas and leather, 190 x 150 cm

Marina 3, 2018, oil on printed canvas and leather, 190 x 150 cm

 Detail view,  Marina 3 , 2018, oil on printed canvas and leather, 190 x 150 cm

Detail view, Marina 3, 2018, oil on printed canvas and leather, 190 x 150 cm

  La Arquitectura del Mar 2 , 2018, porcelain, enamel, gold, obsidian, snake skin, goat leather, and silver chain, 80 x 90 cm

La Arquitectura del Mar 2, 2018, porcelain, enamel, gold, obsidian, snake skin, goat leather, and silver chain, 80 x 90 cm

 Detail view,  La Arquitectura del Mar 1 , 2018, porcelain, enamel, gold, obsidian, snake skin, goat leather, and silver chain, 80 x 90 cm

Detail view, La Arquitectura del Mar 1, 2018, porcelain, enamel, gold, obsidian, snake skin, goat leather, and silver chain, 80 x 90 cm

  La Arquitectura del Mar 1 , 2018, porcelain, enamel, gold, obsidian, snake skin, goat leather, and silver chain, 45 x 193 cm

La Arquitectura del Mar 1, 2018, porcelain, enamel, gold, obsidian, snake skin, goat leather, and silver chain, 45 x 193 cm

 Detail view,  La Arquitectura del Mar 1 , 2018, porcelain, enamel, gold, obsidian, snake skin, goat leather, and silver chain, 45 x 193 cm

Detail view, La Arquitectura del Mar 1, 2018, porcelain, enamel, gold, obsidian, snake skin, goat leather, and silver chain, 45 x 193 cm

  Breve crónica del panuco , 2018, ceramic, quartz, sugar, snake skin, goat leather and metal, 30h x 50w x 50d cm

Breve crónica del panuco, 2018, ceramic, quartz, sugar, snake skin, goat leather and metal, 30h x 50w x 50d cm

  Dos dimensiones del mar , 2018, ink on cotton paper and rice paper, 18 x 25 cm

Dos dimensiones del mar, 2018, ink on cotton paper and rice paper, 18 x 25 cm