Eduardo Terrazas Possibilities of a Structure: Grid 1.4.12, 1974-2015, Wool yarn on wooden board covered with Campeche wax 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 in. / 90 x 90 cm © Eduardo Terrazas, courtesy Timothy Taylor, London
LONDON.- The first solo exhibition in the UK by acclaimed Mexican artist Eduardo Terrazas runs from September 4 to October 3, 2015 at the Timothy Taylor Gallery . Navigating the disciplines of architecture, design, art and curatorship, one of Eduardo Terrazas’s fundamental concerns throughout his longstanding career has been our relationship with the universe and its infinite possibilities. His close examination of the relationship between man and the universe is evident in his artistic practice. An important example of Terrazas’s investigation of that relationship is realized in the ongoing project, Possibilities of a Structure, which is based on a geometric structure that is transformed through endless variations.
The exhibition comprises four distinct series from this project, including Tablas series, a project Terrazas’s commenced as a collaboration with Santos Motoaaopohua de la Torre de Santiago, a Huichol craftsman who lived and worked with the artist for several years. Another is his Yarn series which is presented alongside their corresponding drawings from the 1970s.
Born in 1936 in Guadalajara, Mexico, Eduardo Terrazas lives and works in Mexico City. His works have featured in museum and gallery shows across the globe. Terrazas first solo exhibition was held in 1972 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Mexico. In 1973, he had several exhibitions at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile and at the Museo Nacional de Arte, La Paz, Bolivia. A large-scale survey of his work was recently presented in Segunda Naturaleza, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico (2015).
As a young architect, Terrazas came to prominence as the co-designer of the logo and prevalent design elements for the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. The logo – traced in concentric circles – set a precedent for the geometric forms that have come to define the artist’s visual language. His work, based on architectural formality and Mexican folk art has shaped an oeuvre based on a confluence of contemporary and craft traditions. Terrazas uses the Huichol yarn technique, a craft technique practised by the Huichol people of Mexico, where yarn is arranged on wax boards, creating a bold, bright and highly colourful image on the surface, simultaneously implying the meditative approach required for such an absorbing and physically demanding process. In 2015, Terrazas will also present solo exhibitions of his work at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City.