Artist Rendering. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Omar Barquet: Night Tide / Marea Nocturna
November 14 – 17, 2013
PINTA New York
New York, NY, USA

For the Abstraction in Action project commission at PINTA NY 2013, I proposed the creation of an ephemeral collage mural made with fragments of various failed tests of xylography, offset and photocopy prints, which were the result of several processes and treatments of digital and analog deterioration, providing a memory to these materials and emphasize the idea of interference. I find an interesting connection between the formal languages of Concretism and technical-scientific diagrams related to space, landscape, sound, time, and nature, as languages that take on abstraction, often with contradictory purposes, but from their intersections I saw the possibility of articulating different proposals with diverse mediums and focused on revising the dynamic landscape as a mental scene.

Given the dimensions and duration of the commission, I considered that the project would function as an abstract composition which describes a sequence of changes in the pulsations of a night tide. The materials will be subjected to a process of graphic experimentation. The installation and de-installation of the stand will be extended as a circular process, generated from the fragmentation and rearticulation of three scientific encyclopedia’s back covers—their collage feel will be translated to the scale of the stand.

The site specific installation made with intervened encyclopedia covers by Omar Barquet will be on display at PINTA New York at PINTA Editions in the Abstraction in Action booth.

-Omar Barquet

Omar Barquet (Mexico, b. 1979) holds a degree in Fine Arts from the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving “La Esmeralda” (INBA), Mexico City. He has exhibited in various national and international cities such as New York, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Lima, Miami, Basel and Mexico City. His artistic practice encompasses installations, collages, engravings, and other techniques. Barquet has had residencies in Brazil.

He set up the Second Floor Art Collective along with artists José Luis Landet, Moris and Agustín González. Selected exhibitions include 1st Fugue, Kunsthalle Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2013; Half Day Closing, Pinta Art Fair, NYC, 2012; XV Bienal de Pintura Rufino Tamayo, Museo Tamayo, Mexico, 2012, LAPSES, Hermés Store, Mexico, 2011. He lives and works in Mexico City.

Click here to view Omar Barquet on Abstraction in Action.