New York, September 7 – October 12, 2006
Espera is the first New York solo show of the Argentinian artist Máximo González, who is based in Mexico City. González presents a site-specific installation as well as related sculptures and drawings made out of cut paper money. His work implies a thorough action that cites and reinvents certain trades: in configuring each piece the artist develops techniques such as sewing, drawing, painting, structure-building, designing. In all of these practices, the raw materials are taken from the environment – both physical and media-born. They are objects of everyday use, and have multiple symbolisms. González’s impulse to disarm the meanings intrinsic to these elements provides them with diverse possible themes and stories. The works that best and most directly expose this way of constructing meanings are the drawings made out of devaluated paper currency. The implications of the use and value of money on the one hand, and the images portrayed on the bills on the other, become narratives of the mural that expands throughout the gallery space in an invasive manner.