Abstraction in Action Alexander Apostol, Leyla Cárdenas, Nicolás Consuegra & Elena Damiani: En y Entre Geografías https://abstractioninaction.com/happenings/alexander-apostol-leyla-cardenas-nicolas-consuegra-elena-damiani-en-y-entre-geografias/


Artists: Adolfo Bernal, Alex Cerveny, Alexander Apostol, Anna Bella Geiger, Armando Miguelez, Bouchra Khalili, Camille Henrot, Carolina Caycedo, Christy Gast, Dora Mejia, Elena Damiani, Jose Castrellon, Leyla Cardenas, Libia Posada, Luis Hernandez Mellizo, Manuela Ribadeneira, Margarita Pineda, Milena Bonilla, Monica Paez, Nicolas Consuegra, Oscar Farfan, Paola Monzillo, Sebastian Fierro, Tania Bruguera, Tulio Restrepo.

En y Entre Geografías / In and In Between Geographie
Curated by Emiliano Valdés
September 2 – November 9, 2015
MAMM Museo de Arte Moderno
Medellín, Colombia

After almost four decades of existence, the Medellín Museum of Modern Art begins a new phase with the opening of its Expansion in September. For the opening, the Museum will present En y entre Geografías (In and In Between Geographies) among eight other exhibitions. In and In Between Geographies brings together a group of international artists who incorporate in their practices research and physical, cultural and political thinking aspects that determine the location of human beings and how such aspects affect life conditions, including subjective parameters like desire and intellectual production. The exhibition is structured in three sections that address mobility in the early 21st century through a variety of research approaches: formal, political, and metaphorical.

September 24, 2015 Emilia Azcárate, Leyla Cárdenas, Danilo Dueñas, Bernardo Ortiz, Rosario López & Luis Roldán: Why Abstract Art? https://abstractioninaction.com/happenings/emilia-azcarate-leyla-cardenas-danilo-duenas-bernardo-ortiz-rosario-lopez-luis-roldan-abstract-art/

why not

Artists: Emilia Azcárate, Leyla Cárdenas, Danilo Dueñas, Bernardo Ortiz, Adolfo Bernal, Carlos Bunga, Feliza Bursztyn, Beatriz Eugenia Díaz, Fernando Fragateiro, Rosario López, Delcy Morelos, Aleex Rodríguez, Carlos Rojas, Luis Roldán, Rosemberg Sandoval, José Antonio Suárez Londoño and Icaro Zorbar.

Why Abstract Art? (¿Por qué el arte abstracto?)
May 7 – June 11, 2015
Casas Riegner
Bogotá, Colombia

Group show.

May 6, 2015 Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen, Leyla Cárdenas, José Dávila, and Pablo Rasgado: Limited Visibility https://abstractioninaction.com/happenings/carla-arocha-stephane-schraenen-leyla-cardenas-jose-davila-pablo-rasgado-limited-visibility/

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Artists: Allora and Calzadilla, Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen, Laura Belém, Jorge Méndez Blake, Leyla Cárdenas, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Jose Dávila, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Moris, Oscar Muñoz, Daniela Ortiz, Pablo Rasgado, Santiago Sierra, Melanie Smith, and Agustina Woodgate.

Limited Visibility
Curated by Patricia Garcia-Velez Hanna and Natalia Zuluaga
October 3, 2014 – January 4, 2015
CAM (Contemporary Art Museum) Raleigh
Raleigh, NC, USA

Voluntary omission, erasure, withholding, and concealment: these are the methods the artists in Limited Visibility employ in order to draw attention to that which is missing. The representations of absence such as the missing object of labor in Allora & Calzadilla’s sandpaper composition or the cutouts in Jose Dávila’s photographs play a key role in this exhibition as they determine, border and define the void they surround. What we see in these images, paintings, and installations is what is not there: each work absents presence and presents something absent. Seer, seen, and unseen come together here to evoke the haunted sensation of searching and looking. Though the aims of each of the works in this exhibition are different—from a demand for political representation to the materialization of an otherwise ephemeral moment—the artists in Limited Visibility draw our attention to the omitted, giving it a kind of determination or persistence that is hard to ignore. In each case, the viewer is required a certain amount of belief to fill in that which is not visibly available—these are not riddles, but questions with actual answers in the form of artworks.
Patricia Garcia-Velez Hanna and Natalia Zuluaga

Image: Top – Left to Right: Jorge Méndez Blake – Hotel Monturiol, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer – Make Out, Jose Dávila – Topologies of Belief, Allora & Calzadilla – Shape Shifter. Bottom – Left to Right: Laura Belém – Temple of One Thousand Bells, Santiago Sierra – 89 Huicholes, Moris – Miradas I


October 14, 2014 Leyla Cárdenas: Légère Inquiétude https://abstractioninaction.com/happenings/leyla-cardenas-legere-inquietude/


Artists: None Futbol Club, Léa Le Bricomte, Leyla Cárdenas, Olivier Magnier, Saad Qureshi, Valerie Vaubourg, David Renault (Les Frères Ripoulain), Claire Froës, Théo de Gueltzl & Octave Marsal.

Légère Inquiétude
June 12 – July 20, 2014
White Project Galerie
Paris, France

Through a series of new works of art by emergent artists, Légère Inquiétude explores the concept of concern as a way to question the restlessness that troubles the contemporary society as well as the young art scene. LI questions the syntax of the exhibition itself as well as the languages of the objects displayed in their intangible form, the materiality of the work and even the possibility of its disappearance and its re-enactment.

July 11, 2014 Abstraction in Action: ARCOmadrid 2014 https://abstractioninaction.com/happenings/abstraction-action-arcomadrid-2014/


ARCOmadrid 2014
19–23 February 2014
Halls 7 & 9, Feria de Madrid
Booth 7H02
Madrid, Spain

Abstraction in Action presents its online platform at an institutional booth during the fair, allowing visitors to interact with the database while gaining a deeper understanding of the project and the artists involved. The website will launch a new “Projects” section during the fair, featuring exhibitions, site-specific installations, and events that AIA has produced. Along with that, AIA features new artists:

Leyla Cárdenas (Colombia, 1975), John Mario Ortiz (Colombia, 1973), G. T. Pellizzi (Mexico, 1978), Rosario López Parra (Colombia, 1970), Macaparana (Brazil, 1952), Fidel Sclavo (Uruguay, 1960), KIRIN (Argentina, 1953), Bernardo Corces (Argentina, 1988), Eduardo Santiere (Argentina, 1962), Georgina Santos (Mexico, 1988), Santiago Reyes Villaveces (Colombia, 1986), Rodrigo Sassi (Brazil, 1981), Nicolás Lamas (Peru, 1980), Nicolás Consuegra (Colombia, 1976), María Ezcurra (Argentina, 1973), Jorge Pedro Núñez (Venezuela, 1976), Jaime Ruiz Otis (RUIZCYCLE) (Mexico, 1976), Gabriel Acevedo Velarde (Peru, 1976), Edwin Monsalve (Colombia, 1984), Chiara Banfi (Brazil, 1979), Barbarita Cardozo (Colombia, 1975), Ana Belén Cantoni (Peru, 1983), Óscar Figueroa (Costa Rica, 1986), and Silvana Lacarra (Argentina, 1962)


February 25, 2014 Leyla Cárdenas https://abstractioninaction.com/artists/leyla-cardenas/

Over the last years I’ve been developing a series of sculptural works that seek to investigate the layers that constitute and construct things and places. Relating directly to the physicality of the space as a point of departure. Using found objects and places that accumulate layers of information, containing what is particular from a place. The superficial skin becomes a profound path to explore and discover in each step the intersection of different experiences of time. (The historic time, material time, the time of everyday, and perhaps a more existential/psychological time that has to do with the duration of the experience.) The gesture is sculptural but without making sculpted objects; using destruction as a way of construction, allowing an engagement to a particular place and all the confluences and dimensions within. My work is site-responsive; it takes in consideration the architecture and the context of the surroundings, generating a layered outcome.

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A lo largo del tiempo he desarrollado una serie de trabajos escultóricos que buscan investigar las capas que constituyen y construyen las cosas y los lugares. Están relacionados directamente con la cualidad física del espacio como punto de partida. Usando objetos encontrados y lugares que acumulan capas de información, conteniendo las particularidades de cada lugar. La piel superficial se vuelve en un camino profundo para explorar y descubrir a cada paso el cruce de diferentes experiencias del tiempo (del tiempo histórico, tiempo material, tiempo cotidiano y quizá un tiempo más existencial y psicológico que está relacionado con la duración de la experiencia.) El gesto es escultórico pero sin realizar objetos; usando destrucción como una forma de construcción, permitiendo una interacción con un sitio particular y todas las confluencias y dimensiones del mismo. Mi obra responde al lugar y toma en consideración la arquitectura y el contexto de sus alrededores, generando un resultado con muchos niveles.

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February 19, 2014