SIMÓN VEGA - Futuros Pasados, Drawings and objects 2021-2013
Galerie Ernst Hilger presents drawings, collages and objects from 2013-2021 of Salvadorian artist Simón Vega. The show encompasses three different series of works running since 2009: Hybrid Architectures and Mental Constructions, which deconstructs and analyses Modernist architecture and early 20th-century utopias as they were applied in Latin America and the Third World Tropical Space Proyectos, which deals with the Space Race and the effects of the Cold War in contemporary Central America and most recent of them Futuros Pasados, in which the space theme is carried beyond the historic exploration vehicles developed during the Cold War towards inexplicable phenomena, conspiracy theories, Palaeolithic art and contemporary science fiction. In all these works the informal, temporary and flexible materials and methods of construction used in shantytown and street vendor stands are used by the artist to create objects, buildings and machines whose designed functions and logic are subverted in order to create a dysfunctional and humorous vision of reality, space and time.
Whilst the artist is better known for his large scale sculptures and installations, in this exhibition, it is the drawings, collages and objects that run preliminary, parallel and after the sculpture s process that takes the centre stage.