Gean Moreno & Ernesto Oroza: Drywood

Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza: Drywood
February 7 – March 28, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7, 2013, from 7 to 10pm

Alejandra von Hartz Gallery is pleased to present “Drywood,” a solo exhibition of collaborative works by Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza. The show runs from February 7 to March 28, 2013. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, February 7th, from 7 to 10pm.

As they have done in their previous research-driven projects, Moreno and Oroza begin by zeroing in on contemporary variations of an object typology — in this case, they began with the souvenir — in an effort to understand how it functions in relation to forces of contemporary production, the generation of urban morphology and identity, and the changing terrain of user engagement. With this new project, they seek to understand how generic production, embodied in the souvenir, stands as both the ultimate horizon of rationalization in object design and a generative force that increasingly determines our urban environments. At Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, Moreno and Oroza will present a series of concrete spheres which, during the casting process, swallowed souvenir objects. These are an effort to mesh two objects that are distributed throughout the city: the generic spheres that serve as obstacles and place-markers and artifacts that serve to develop identity narratives for the city. The layout of the spheres and the quantity employed has been determined by the wooden sheets (modules) that make up the gallery’s floor.

Along with the spheres, Moreno and Oroza will present a series of compositions, assembled by others, that employ pages from the Tabloid ( that they have been producing over the last four years. The display of these compositions will be determined by the metric constraints of the standard tabloid. The Tabloid has served as a repository for their research and texts, a documentary vehicle, and a space to enlarge the discursive space of their practice and the exhibitions in which they participate. Hans Ulrich Obrist, Joe Scanlan, Yona Friedman, Hito Steyerl, and Peter Lang, among a number of other theorists and cultural producers, have contributed to the Tabloid. Moreno and Oroza will also present a bootleg copy of Glauber Rocha’s film Cancer and zines filled with pirated essays by Argentinean designer-painter-theorist Tomas Maldonado and Brazilian filmmaker Glauber Rocha.

Later this spring, in conjunction with the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2013, Publications de l’Université de Saint-Étienne, 2013, Cité du design, in St. Etienne, France, will publish Moreno and Oroza’s first collaborative book Maison Moiré.

Gean Moreno’s cultural production is activated through individual and collaborative art practices, curation, writing and publishing. This activity extends to murkier projects that include a secretive semi-anonymous online science fiction novel that doubles as a post-apocalyptic virtual art gallery. Moreno’s individual artwork has been presented at Institute of Visual Arts, Milwaukee, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Center of Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Derek Eller, NY; and Arndt and Partner, Berlin. The curatorial element of his production explores various species of this form of selective organization and presentation. Amongst these projects are Conditions of Display at the now defunct The Moore Space; On Platforming at Locust Projects, Miami; and Do not Torture the Rotten Ducklings at the Institute of Visual Art (INOVA) Milwaukee. He has produced a range of texts — from speculative urban studies to interviews with Peter Friedl and political theorist Michael Hardt. Moreno’s writings have been included in the catalogues for the exhibitions Uncertain States of America! (Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo), Round-Leather Worlds (Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin), and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid), among others. He is currently contributing editor of Art Papers magazine, sits on the editorial board of ArtUS, and has published in e-flux journal, Flash Art, and Art Nexus. In 2008 he founded [NAME] Publications.

Ernesto Oroza’s practice channels the tradition of Radical Architecture into his own analytical employment of contemporary object typologies and productive forces. In lieu of functioning within the realm of manufacturing, he produces and distributes speculative models and research through various publication methods, exhibitions, collaborative practices, documentaries, and unorthodox forays into more conventional modes of architecture, interior and object design. Oroza’s individual work has been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Groninger Museum, The Netherlands; LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Spain; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Institut de Cultura La Virreina, Barcelona. He has participated twice in the Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial, Saint-Etienne, France. Oroza has been awarded fellowships by Guggenheim Foundation; Christoph Merian Foundation, Basel, Switzerland; Danish Center for Cultural Development; and Ludwig Foundation. He was Professor at Polytechnic Institute of Design, Havana, and is a recurrent Visiting Professor at Les Ateliers, Ecole Nationale Supérieur de Création Industrielle (ENSCI) in Paris. He has also lectured and developed workshops for various international institutions, most recently the BMW Guggenheim Lab in Berlin. Among his books are: RIKIMBILI: Une étude sur la désobéissance technologique et quelques formes de réinvention (Publications de l’Université de Saint-Étienne, France); NO WASTE (London Pentagram Design, 2003); Editing Havana: Stories of Popular Housing (Aristo Bogforlag, 2011); and (with Penelope de Bozzi) Objets Réinventé. La création populaire a Cuba (Ëditions Alternatives, 2002). He is co-editor of the Objects Aside series for [NAME] Publications. He has also published writings in e-flux Journal and Monu–A Magazine for Urbanism.

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