Overview

Perla Krauze works with a number of materials from lead, clay and water to stone. Using graphite frottages from stones and pavements and engraved volcanic rocks from El Pedregal, her paintings are abstract topographies and mappings. Stone is a fundamental material in her practice; linked to memory and durability, it can also be transformed and eroded. The crosshatch patterns in her paintings derive from the lines made in stone cutting, emphasising the transformation of stone from raw material to art object. Described as ‘grayscale tone poems’, Krauze alters and arranges stones to make miniature landscapes, complete in themselves but still referencing their origins. 

 

Much of her work welcomes the discussion of geography and petrology, documenting the El Pedregal area of Mexico City in particular. This region of the city has a distinct cultural and physical topology. Mythical and raw, it houses the ruins of Cuilcuilco, the oldest city in Mexico, and Copilco, both covered by lava from the eruption of the Xitle volcano three thousand years ago. Krauze also references architecture from the past century in her paintings and sculpture including the Museo Anahuacalli and Casa Prieto designed by Luis Barragan. 

 

Works
Exhibitions
Publications
Biography

 

EDUCATION
1992 MFA, Chelsea College of Arts, London.
1977 Textiles Diploma, Goldsmiths College, London.
  Graphic Design, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City. 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2017

'Materia lírica: Memoria / Procesos Acumulaciones', Museo Amparo, Puebla City, Mexico.

2016

'Archipiélagos', Galería Quetzal, Oaxaca, Mexico. 

2014

'Estructuras / Materiales / Espacio', Diagrama CDMX, Mexico City.

2013  'Suspended Blues', Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, Texas.
2013  'Structure / Imprints', Howard Scott Gallery, New York, NY, USA.
2012  'Pino Suarez 3, Memoria y Recorridos', Museo de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City. 
2010  'Huellas y Trayectos', retrospective, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.
2010  'José Alvarado 24A / Guerrero 27 Nte', Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Mexico.
2010  'Imprints', Gebert Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
2007   'Huellas de la Santa Veracruz', Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City.
1997

'Orígenes', Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Oaxaca, Mexico.

1995

'y Amarres de Luz y Silencio', Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City.

 

RESIDENCIES and grants
 

Artist Residency, Red Gate Gallery, China

 

Artist Residency, Echigo - Tsumari Triennial, Japan

 

Artist Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada

  Artist Residency, MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, USA.
  Artist Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico, USA.
  Artist Residency, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, California, USA.
Since 1994 Membership and recipient of several grants from Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte, Mexico.

 

Museum and Public collections 

Mexico:

Museo Amparo, Puebla.

Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City.

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Oaxaca.

Museo de Arte Carrilo Gil, Mexico City.

Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC - UNAM), Mexico City.

Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City.

Museo de la Secretarí­a de Hacienda y Crédito Público, Mexico City.

Museo de la Cancillería, Mexico City.

Colección Manuel Felguérez, Mexico City.

 

United States:

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona.

Sprint Art Collection, Freedman Gallery, Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania.

Bank of America.

 

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