Exterior is the latest painting series produced by the Chilean-Argentinian couple Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. In their large and immersive format, as both abstract and figurative compositions, these latest paintings are portraying the reversible quality of rather familiar architectonic spaces. The relative scale, rawness and depth depicted in these simple rooms can be read as carefully selected fragments taken from no particular building, from a pervasive and perhaps idealized laconic architecture. As an incomplete open reality, every picture is framing a discreet, quiet and typical encounter of walls, floors and ceilings; with a precise articulation of corners by means of a few basic architectural elements such as openings, steps, columns and beams. These are intimate and lively atmospheres that evoke an implicit memory of a well known place while conveying those oblique yet personal instants of attention in our everyday life.
This exhibition includes a selection of ten large oil on canvas and a group of thirty small format acrylic on paper, together with a hard-cover catalogue of the complete Exterior collection to date.
Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio founded in 2002 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. They live and work in the southern Chilean city of Concepcion and teach regularly at the PUC in Santiago de Chile and at the IIT in Chicago. They have been the curators of the Chilean Pavilion and selected for the International Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Their work has been distinguished with several international awards and widely exhibited, among other venues, at the FIAC in Paris, the Royal Academy of Arts in London and at the MoMA in New York.