January 17 - February 23, 2019
Curated by Tamara Toledo
Volatile Colour is Gustavo Artigas’ first solo exhibition in Canada exploring colour as a means to play with our senses–our sense of truth, attempting to change our realities during dark moments–offering awareness to our surroundings and of others. Artigas’ work embodies a much more comprehensive account to the element of colour and to the creation of art objects, he places us in a space of distinct collective reflection on the precariousness of our times and makes us doubt affirmations of ‘truth’.
Artigas belongs to a group of internationally renowned contemporary Mexican artists who emerged in the late 1990s and is known for his works that expose extreme disaster and uncertain situations in the form of interventions, sound and performance art, site-specific installations, educational platforms as works of art, and interactive situations. Although throughout the years Gustavo Artigas has opted to experiment with unconventional structures, his most recent explorations entail colour, light and abstract painting as an essential format to tackle social interactions in unpredictable times. Yet, an underlying consistent theme continues to prevail in his work in which he addresses the unforeseeable of human existence as well as the toxicity of creative processes, all with an underlying message that the artist will never have answers only more questions.