Hiding Wood In Trees December 18, 2014 – February 21, 2015
The Center for Contemporary Art presents Hiding Wood in Trees, an exhibition by Wilfredo Prieto and Ariel Schlesinger that features new sculpture and installation. Inspired by one another’s practice, the two artists worked collaboratively and independently, sparked by each other’s ideas and playing off one another’s penchant for serendipity and happenstance. The clear affinities between Prieto and Schlesinger stem from a similar witty and inventive approach to everyday materials. In classic Post-Minimalist fashion, both artists divorce objects from their initial function or natural form by introducing them into new contexts or transforming them through poetic gestures.
Wilfredo Prieto (born 1978, Cuba. Based in Barcelona and Havana) is a rising Spanish-Cuban artist and the recipient of the Cartier Award (Frieze, London, 2008) and the UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts (7th Havana Biennial, 2000). He studied at Instituto Superior de Arte, Havana, His most recent solo exhibitions were held at S.M.A.K., Gent (2014), NMAC Foundation, Cadiz (2013), Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros, Mexico (2012), 11th Havana Biennial, (2012), Praxis, ARTIUM, Vitoria (2011), Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2011), and Dia Art Foundation in New York (2007). Prieto’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including the Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz (2014), Centre d`Art la Panera, Lleida (2014), Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2014), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2013), Collateral Event of the 55th Venice Biennial, Venice (2013), Centro de Arte 2 d e Mayo (CA2M), Móstoles, Madrid (2011), 29th Sao Paolo Biennial (2010), De Appel Arts Centre (Amsterdam, 2010), 12th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice (2010), CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (San Francisco, 2009), and MoMA P.S.1 (New York, 2008).
Ariel Schlesinger (born 1980, Jerusalem. Based in Berlin) attended the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem and the School of Visual Arts, New York. He has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthaus Baselland (2014) and Kunstverein Braunschweig (2011). His work has been included in group exhibitions at venues including Skuc Gallery, Lyubljana (2014), Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, (2013), Meesen De Clercq, Brussels (2012), National Gallery of Art, Warsaw (2012), Künstlerhaus Bremen (2012), Künsthalle Münster (2012), Extra City, Kunsthal Antwerpen (2011), Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge (2011), Institute of Contemporary, Philadelphia (2011), De Appel Art Center, Amsterdam (2011), and many others.