patricia villalobos echeverría
ON VIEW / May, 2016
SURROGATE is an installation work that plays with the idea of mimesis and doubling, while setting up a dichotomy between its materiality and the aural space it creates. It’s wooden structures, repurposed furniture from the artist's family, function as speakers that play an audio interspersing an ethereal soundscape with sounds of war. The title suggests a stand-in, taking the place of another, or perhaps even otherness, while playing with the idea of sameness. Is it one object made up of two units or two distinct objects that look the same?
SURROGATE follows a series of works that deal with mimesis and iteration to actively engage the viewer in perceptual and sensorial experiences. Villalobos Echeverría’s practice incorporates subtle disruption as a strategy to subvert architectural spaces via installations, intervene the public space through participatory art projects, or play on the veracity of the photographic image.
Patricia Villalobos Echeverría has a hybrid practice of prints, photos, videos and installations. Recent individual exhibitions include Memeplex @ N14°06'17" W87°11'59" at Centro de Artes Visuales Contemporáneo CAVC/MUA (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 2013; and SWARM at The Americas Collection (Miami, FL) 2013. Notable group exhibitions include I Bienal del Sur, Pueblos en Resistencia at Museo de Bellas Artes (Caracas, Venezuela) 2016; Post-Digital Printmaking. Redefinition of the concept of matrix at Neon Gallery (Wroclaw, Poland) 2015; Adaptation at Point Gallery (San Salvador, El Salvador) 2015; Trans_porta Sivar, participatory art project (San Salvador, El Salvador) 2014; In Art We Trust at Sol del Rio Arte Contemporáneo (Guatemala City, Guatemala) 2013; PrintEd: HERE, Contemporary Prints from the US, Turkey and Ireland at LSAD Gallery, Limerick School of Art and Design, (Limerick, Ireland) 2013; and the IX Havana Biennial (Havana, Cuba) 2012. Notable grants include the Oregon Arts Council Fellowship, PA Council for the Arts Fellowship, Creative Heights Residency Fellowship from the Heinz Endowment, and residencies at Ox-Bow, Artist Image Resource, The Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University and the MacDowell Arts Colony.