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Tina Kim Gallery is pleased to present Short Sight Box, the gallery’s first solo exhibition with Tania Pérez Córdova (Mexican, b. 1979). The show will also be her first solo exhibition in New York.

Pérez Córdova’s contemplative artworks relate to the temporality and lifespan of objects. She works with a wide range of materials such as bronze, glass, earth, and marble. In her sculptures, she often incorporates a variety of both natural and mass-produced items ranging from jewelry, volcanic ash, gun powder, bread, and money. This eerie combination of elements is used as means of reflecting upon and reenacting cultural values, historical events, and personal stories alike.

Her sculpture has been described as inherently linked to an event. In Portrait of an Unknown Woman Passing By, a glazed ceramic is mirrored by the fleeting presence of an unknown woman who occasionally visits the gallery space. In To wink, to cry, a marble piece holding on contact lens is completed by the encounter with the gaze of a person wearing the contact’s mate. Still, Pérez Córdova’s work’s frequently implying human presence in its indexical nature, the objects are never truly about the performative gesture in and of itself as much as they are about the possibility of the encounter.

Pérez Córdova uses language to situate each sculpture within a larger narrative, incorporating personal, historical, and social circumstances as integral to an object’s making.

The exhibition at Tina Kim Gallery presents a constellation of works including two new series of sculptures. In Short Sight Box, the titular sculpture in the show, Pérez Córdova dug and then cast a series of holes of varying dimensions. Each sculpture functions both as a physical reminder of emptiness, as well as a practical container hosting rainwater, a silver necklace of Mexican Peso coins, a pair of pearls—one real, one fake—, and volcanic ash. Some of the holes are installed upside down, revealing the strange painterly nature of the petrified earth and roots encrusted during the process of casting.

In the series Contours, liquified bronze was poured into patterns drawn into the sand to create what the artist describes as approximations of real spaces. Outlines of windows, doors, and passageways recall memories of extant rooms redefining the position of an unknown observer the potential bearer of such memory. Adding to the construct, come contours seem to reflect the perspective of the viewer standing at a determinate angle, layering the relationship between the object and the experience of the object. 

Following a period of intense global isolation, Tania Pérez Córdova’s practice feels especially poignant as she zeroes in on the real and imaginary space created between object and viewer. Not only does she reframe this traditional relationship by embedding indeterminate and invisible variables into her sculptures, but she further expands it by forming a connection to a third party: a person, a situation, a location outside in the world.

About Tania Pérez Córdova

Born in 1979, Tania Pérez Córdova lives and works in Mexico City. She has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2017) and Kunsthalle Basel (2018). Her works have been included in a number of institutional exhibitions including the Aichi Triennale (2019), SITE Santa Fe (2018), the Gwangju Biennale (2016), the New Museum Triennial (2015), and the Shanghai Biennial (2012).

About Tina Kim Gallery

Located in New York, Tina Kim Gallery is celebrated for its unique programming that emphasizes international contemporary artists, historical overviews, and independently curated shows. Founded in 2001 by second-generation gallerist Tina Kim, the gallery works closely with museums and institutions to expand the audience of its global roster of artists.

For inquiries, please contact katherine@tinakimgallery.com

 

Tania Pérez Córdova

Tania Pérez Córdova

1979  born in Mexico City (MX)

1999–2002 Artes Plásticas (Arts), ENPEG, Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado,

La Esmeralda, INBA, Mexico City (MX)

2002–2005 BA in Fine Art, Studio Practice and Contemporary Critical Studies Goldsmiths

College, University of London, London (UK)

lives and works in Mexico City (MX)

Solo Exhibitions

2020

Short Sight Box, Tina Kim Gallery, New York (US)

Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City (MX)

2019

Tragic, comic and bold facts., Galerie Martin Janda, Wien (AT)

2018

Daylength of a room, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (CH)

2017

Smoke, nearby, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (US)

2016

Handhold, Galerie Martin Janda, Vienna (AT)

2015

Entre el veintiséis de marzo y el nueve de mayo, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City (MX)

Descripción de una entrevista (with Francesco Pedraglio), Parallel Oaxaca, Oaxaca (MX)

2014

for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (BE)

2012

gente, algo, gente, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City (MX)

If Used like Stones, Galeria Stereo, Poznan (PL)

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2019

Portadores de sentido, Colección Cisneros, Museo Amparo, Puebla (MX)

Indus 2, Galerie Art:Concept, Paris (FR)

Performativity, Centrale Fies, Dro (IT)

Taming Y/Our Passion, Aichi Triennale 2019, Aichi (JP)

2018

Nature morte, ou le préfixe conceptuel de l'art romantique, Chasse-Spleen Centre d'Art, Moulis-en-Médoc (FR)

Casa Tomada, Calle 22 12BIS, Mexico City (MX)

SITElines.2018: Casa tomada, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe (US)

2017

A rock that keeps tigers away, Kunstverein München, München (DE)

Zigzag Incisions, Salts, Birsfelden (CH)

Ayrton, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (MX)

2016

The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?), Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (KR)

beyond lawn and order — a project by rodrigo ortiz monasterio, joségarcía ,mx, Mexico City (MX)

Como te voy a olvidar?, Galerie Perrotin, Paris (FR)

Tania Pérez Córdova y Marzena Nowak, Maisterravalbuena, Madrid (ES)

Scenes with Flat Objects, Travesías, Guadalajara (MX)

2015

A.N.T.H.R.O.P.O.C.E.N.E, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (BE)

By Boat (Farewell), joségarcia, mx, Mexico City (MX)

Supplement Gallery, London (UK)

Biennial of the Americas, Denver (US)

2015 Triennial: Surround audience, New Museum, New York (US)

The Lulennial: A Slight Gestuary, Lulu, Mexico City (MX)

Corte a una calle cualquiera en una ciudad cualquiera, Agatha, Buenos Aires (AR)

En hombros de gigantes, Museo Experimental del Eco, Mexico City (MX)

2014

Goldfish, P!, New York (US)

A Mouse Drowned in a Honey Pot, Galerie Martin Janda, Wien (AT)

Momentum? Maybe the time has come we live our corporality rather than speak our sexuality, PSM Gallery, Berlin (DE)

2013

Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre (BR)

Lo Arribante ya Habitaba ahí, Jumex – Habita Project, Mexico City (MX)

2012

Art Nova (with Nina Beier), Art Basel Miami Beach, Proyectos Monclova, Miami (US)

Mexico City Pavilion at the 9th Shangai Biennial, Shanghai (CN)

Incidentes de Viaje, Casa del Lago, Mexico City (MX)

La Hora y los Sitios, MACO – Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Oaxaca (MX)

2011

Six degrees of separation, FRAC Lorraine, Metz (FR)

A clock that runs on mud, Galeria Stereo, Poznan (PL)

How To Work (more for) less, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (CH)

Horario triple A, Casa del Lago, Mexico City (MX)

2010

Carrie on or Stow Away, Gambia Castle, Auckland (NZ)

Draw, Museo de la Ciudad, Mexico City (MX)

2009

This Place you see has no size at all, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (FR)

An evening at Parc St. Cloud, Kadist Art Foundation/Parc St. Cloud, Paris (FR)

2008

Jóvenes Creadores (Young Creators Program), FONCA – Centro de Convenciones de Aguascalientes,

Aguascalientes (MX)

One Continuous Exhibition, National Arts Committee (a Sean Raspet project for Daniel Reich Gallery),

Oppenheimer Strasse, Frankfurt (DE); NADA Art Fair, Miami Beach (US)

2007

Locus Solus, Galería Myto, Mexico City (MX)

The Spiral House, Tensta Konstall, Stockholm (SE)

 

 

Video

Virtual tour of Tania Pérez Córdova's exhibition Short Sight Box, narrated by the artist.

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