I discovered Mexico City-based artist Ricardo Rendón during Volta Art Fair in Basel some years ago. Ricardo Rendón regards his site-specific installations as interventions – actions that disrupt our expectations within a given situation. For BMoCA, he created Open Window, a monumental installation that engages the public through an altered architecture, while interacting with the works on view inside the museum by providing a darkened environment.
Using heavy machinery and tools commonly used for construction and manual labor, he punctures drywall panels that have been inserted to cover all windows, creating random allover circular patterns that allow beams of sunlight to seep through and change direction as the day progresses. Rendón leaves the cutout pieces where they fall as a record of the perforating action and signifying the possibility to continue puncturing until the windows are returned to their ordinary function.
Ricardo Rendón was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1970, where he currently lives and works. He received a BFA from the National Arts School, CENART, Mexico City in 2004, and a BA in Graphic Communication and Design from the Metropolitan University, Mexico City, in 1992. He has exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2009); Maison Rouge, Paris, France (2008); the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City (2003), and ARCOmadrid, Spain (2005).
His works can be found in contemporary art collections, including the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), Jumex Collection, and Fondation Daniel Langlois. He has been a member of the National System of Creators CONACULTA-FONCA since 2006, and has been teaching at the National Arts School La Esmerelda in Mexico City since 2005.
Visual Rhythm has been made possible by Presenting Sponsor Mike’s Camera and by a partnership with the Brakhage Center at the University of Colorado Boulder.