Depresión Tropical

24 November - 15 December 2021
  • VIGIL GONZALES is pleased to present Depresión Tropical, a group exhibition that brings together the work of Stephanie Williams (Costa...

    Installation view of Depresión Tropical, VIGIL GONZALES (2021). 

    VIGIL GONZALES is pleased to present Depresión Tropical, a group exhibition that brings together the work of Stephanie Williams (Costa Rica, 1987), Karlo Andrei Ibarra (Puerto Rico, 1982) Yiyo Tirado (Puerto Rico, 1990) and Iván Sikic (Lima, 1983).

     

    Depresión tropical, the name given to this group exhibition, refers to the polysemy of the concept. We understand depression as a deep sadness, an economic downturn and finally, a drop in atmospheric pressure prior to a hurricane. These three definitions of the concept are closely linked to the meanings and feelings of the works of the selected artists.

  • The works of Karlo Andrei Ibarra and Roberto Yiyo Tirado, question the neocolonialism ways exercised by the United States over the "free" and associated state of Puerto Rico. Both works take as a conceptual trigger the disaster caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017. They talk about the serious crisis left on the island, which has turned it into a tax haven benefiting foreign investors. 

  • Desplazamiento I (Puerta de Tierra), 2020, Yiyo Tirado

    Desplazamiento I (Puerta de Tierra), 2020

    Yiyo Tirado

    Inkjet print on cotton paper

    152 x 100 cm | 60 x 40 in

    Ed. 3

    USD 4000

  • Circo, 2018, Yiyo Tirado

    Circo, 2018

    Yiyo Tirado

    CIRCO,  2018

    Inkjet print on cotton paper

    71 x 50 cm | 28 x 20 in

    Ed. 3

    USD 2500

  • Karlo Andrei Ibarra in the works of Palimpsesto alludes to different layers of information, but in this case paintings, making a mosaic with the memory of architectural spaces affected by this abrupt process of change. Roberto Yiyo, on the other hand, makes aesthetic counterpositions that refer to the double standards and the exoticization of the landscape within the Caribbean tourist market within the framework of the disasters caused by the hurricane.

     

    An example of this is the work Hostil (Hostile) which is arranged in a luminous panel like those that usually say hostel. It is a nod to the wave of hospitality in the Caribbean, produced by the aforementioned phenomena, and its relationship or not with the communities that surround them.

  • Karlo Andrei Ibarra

    Karlo Andrei Ibarra

    Untitled,  2021

    Wall fragment on canvas

    20 x 25 cm | 8 x 10 in

    USD 600

  • Karlo Andrei Ibarra

    Karlo Andrei Ibarra

    Untitled,  2021

    Wall fragment on canvas

    40 x 50 cm | 16 x 20 in

    USD 1200

     
  • Roberto Yiyo Tirado

    Roberto Yiyo Tirado

    Hostil,  2018

    Neon, aluminum and steel 

    42 x 15 x 8 inches

    USD 5000

  • Iván Sikic

    Iván Sikic

    From the series Meditations on How High? , 2021

    Acrylic and liquid chalk on canvas

    31 x 31 cm (c/u) | 12 x 12 in (each)

  • Ivan Sikic, through a performance, simulates a working day in which he inflates balloons with the colors of the American flag to fill a room. This is about labor understood as work and the labor it takes to adapt to American culture and society. This performance was accompanied by the paintings included in Depresión Tropical, which depict the process and labor of blowing up the balloons.

  • Stephanie Williams (Costa Rica, 1987) through the work of the series Portadas invites the viewer to question the ways of writing history through popular statements and graphics taken from advertising of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Through these works she invites us to reflect on written history, historical sources and discourses or ideologies to which society is accustomed to take them as truths due to the historicist character of the sources. 

  • Stephanie Williams

    Stephanie Williams

    Santa e Inviolable

    Inkjet print on cotton paper

    56.5 x 35 cm

    Ed. 3

    USD 500

  • Stephanie Williams

    Stephanie Williams

    Inmensa la honra, 2018

    Inkjet print on cotton paper

    56.5 x 35 cm

    Ed. 3

    USD 500

  • Stephanie Williams

    Stephanie Williams

    Trabajar por la moralidad, 2018 

    Inkjet print on cotton paper

    56.5 x 35 cm

    Ed. 3

    USD 500