Following its successful first showing at the Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, this exhibition has been reconfigured specifically for the large scale galleries of MARCO in Monterrey. Co-curated by the Tamayo and the British Council, Sodio y Asfalto takes as its theme the sensory texture of urban space and features the work of 12 artists based in Glasgow, London, New York and Mexico City - David Batchelor, Kathrin Böhm, Martin Boyce, Nigel Cooke, Jim Lambie, Rosalind Nashashibi, Paul Noble, Oliver Payne & Nick Relph, Melanie Smith, Mark Titchner and Richard Wright. Their diverse approaches contribute to a shared dialogue concerning the nature of the contemporary city. Works plunder and echo the cacophony of colour, graphics, materials and sounds that give the metropolis its resonance, while many make reference to the Modernist assumptions that continue to pervade discussion of the urban context. Observation of the patterning and rhythms of social space is also transposed into the gallery environment.
Works range across all media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film and video and many were made specifically for the exhibition, in response to the architecture of the spaces. Jim Lambie's striped metallic floor redefines a large area of the museum, while a large scale digital print by Mark Titchner was created to cover an entire wall. David Batchelor's barrier of lightboxes blocks a natural opening between galleries and Melanie Smith's mixed media installation uses the full ceiling height. Kathrin Böhm’s pasted coloured and printed paper spreads across areas of the gallery walls. Off-site works by Mark Titchner and Melanie Smith are shown on billboards across the city, and posters by Richard Wright are flyposted in the streets.
David Batchelor, Kathrin Böhm, Martin Boyce, Rosalind Nashashibi, Oliver Payne and Mark Titchner joined Melanie Smith in Mexico City and Monterrey to install their work and all gave lectures.
A full colour catalogue was launched at the MARCO opening, featuring installation photographs from both venues, texts by curators Tobias Ostrander of the Tamayo and Ann Gallagher of the British Council, as well as a contribution from architectural theoretician Neil Leach is available from Cornerhouse. www.cornerhouse.org