Ricardo Brey: FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

December 6, 2013 – February 1, 2014

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY was Ricardo Brey’s first solo show in a gallery in the United States. It comprised of pieces from different periods and media, including two in situ installations. In a statement about the show the artist writes:

“We have art in order not to die of reality” Friedrich Nietzsche.

One of the cornerstones of my work over the last few years has been using the term Lagerstätten* taken from the German language for the description of mother lode fossil places and geological sites , if applied to the study of paleontology it uncovers how life goes on and multiplies in time and space. I would say this exhibition at Pan American Art Projects follows this pillar.

“FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY” is a lagerstätte of different years (1998-2013) where I present three dimensional and two-dimensional works. Works like “Snake Charmer “(1998 ) in which form and content give life economically to an image where the music appears as a conductor thread, with object and meaning coming together. Recent works like “Boxes” (2009 – present) reflect the need for secret containers in a continuous claim to our conscience, calling for constantly renewed attention. I think it’s an exhibition that validates the idea of cyclic work that has always fascinated me in which a “filo de tempore” can build a bridge spanning 20 years of exploration, not thinking as a unity but as a multiplicity of visions.

-Ricardo Brey
Gent October, 2013

* Lagerstätte (German; literally “storage place”; plural Lagerstätten) is a sedimentary deposit that exhibits extraordinary fossils with exceptional preservation.

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