‘The mothers of inventions’: Alejandro Cerecero celebrates the 18th Pig of Babel

The art and vision of Alejandro Cerecero are made up of images, scenes, ideas and moments that, like towers of Babel, give rise to unity from diversity. The game of collage and Dadaist composition comes from before the image itself has been conceived.

This would be a way of describing the inventions of the artist who now, through his work, reflects on the total inventiveness of the human being in the exhibition “The mothers of inventions”, which opens this Tuesday at the El Cerdo de Babel Tavern , within the framework of its eighteenth anniversary.

“These are works that I carried out mostly throughout this year, and I put together ideas that came out of some readings on the subject of invention, of inventions, why, where do they come from, that are raised by an author named Jared Diamond , geographer, ecologist, who analyzes this topic of how invention arises from a need, but how it has changed over time, in such a way that it is the other way around, invention is the mother of necessity”, he commented. Cerecero in an interview with VANGUARDIA.

“Ideas came out that are related to different themes, history, gender, inventions such as the wheel, education, imagination. There are some songs out there that I did as a curatorial idea to fit them into this great theme,” he added, “and the name comes from the name of an American rock group, from the 60’s, 70’s, that’s what it was called, ‘ The Mothers of Invention’, ‘Mothers of Invention’, whose leader was Frank Zappa, who recently passed away, and I have always liked his music because it is very, someone out there defined it as very Dadaist, in the sense of free experimentation and of the genres, then it is a kind of conjunction of ideas from both themes”.

Thinking about the consumerist maelstrom of wanting to get the new gadget, or model, object, accessory or, in general, any new product that does not meet any need, but rather creates it, is one of the bases of this exhibition.

$!'The discovery of the method' by Alejandro Cerecero.

‘The discovery of the method’ by Alejandro Cerecero.

The 23 pieces adhere to the well-known style of Cerecero, which despite being free in its concept and materials, usually proposes readings based on compositions of disparate elements. A woman in the background, a couple of technological elements here, phrases to complement, and we will find ourselves with a work that is the sum of its parts.

“I think that it has already become its own characteristic, of contrasting elements that are not related to each other to generate new meanings. The joke is to find which elements are related to others. I work from a file of many images, which I am debugging; taken from the networks, from drawings, from magazines, and suddenly I start mixing them”, he expressed regarding his artistic language.

$!'The mothers of inventions' by Alejandro Cerecero.

‘The mothers of inventions’ by Alejandro Cerecero.

“Also from a series of notes, for example when I read the book or reference readings I begin to notice words or ideas out there when working. I take out the booklet, the accordion, to know how to link or apply those ideas”, she continued, “the idea is to explore a topic and take it to its limits. Then it becomes something that I offer for exhibitions, but sometimes it serves as a starting point to continue. A few years ago I had done something related to science, based on readings by Isaac Asimov, it is also very useful material, very imaginative. And above all, it serves to connect the dots, you see ideas and you form your own criteria”.

Within the framework of the 18th anniversary of the Pig of Babel, Cerecero was grateful for being a traditional part of this space, which has become a place where, if at first it served to present what was not encouraged to be exhibited elsewhere, now it is the home of their annual novelties.

“It was thanks to my friend Luis Hernández who told him that he had some very small exhibitions, of two paintings with texts by Chuy de León. He told me that some friends were opening a place, they introduced me to them and that’s where the relationship began. At first I took works that were playful or freer, which I did not dare to put in very formal galleries, but over the years, and seeing the treatment, the people who admire the work, I have ended up taking my premieres of the year,” he recalled.

Source: Vanguardia

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