Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Positions, Quisqueya Henriquez
Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Positions

Quisqueya Henriquez

Collage Made According to the Laws of Change

December 4 - December 7, 2008

David Castillo Gallery is proud to present Collage Made According to the Laws of Change, a solo show by Quisqueya Henriquez at Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Positions Booth P2. In dissecting a sinewy bicep or the angle of a bat against the sky from newspaper cutouts, Henriquez creates collaged figures bordering on the mythical, surreal, and grotesque. Her works display hyperbolic elements of masculinity, power, and dexterity; the object referent is replaced by a satire of the velocity of cultural stereotypes, namely fetishized abilities of Latin Americans. The individual identities of Henriquez’s characters are as distorted as the misperceptions germinated by spectators. Prompted by her Cuban-Dominican heritage, Henriquez stages an intervention of transnational honesty in aesthetics that would make George Grosz blush.

The artist’s physical hybrids also composite high art practice and a colloquial pastime. Ten collage works are based on Seurat’s Woman Singing in a Café Chantant. The shared title of her collages, Collage Made According to the Laws of Change, puns Hans Arp’s oft-utilized Collage Made According to the Laws of Chance. By evoking deliberate change rather than chance in the face of Art History, Henriquez suggests that pictorial representations contain the power to deflate as much as aggravate cultural one-dimensionality.

Henriquez transforms the Art Positions container’s interior with a site-specific installation using a textile pattern created by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen, further embedding her collage works in European Art History and contrasting the lack of infrastructure of many nations outside of the European context. Henriquez is above all a practitioner who asks her audience not only to recognize beautiful art and ugly stereotypes, but engage in creating intertextuality between brown and white, reality and propaganda, formal and informal.

After graduating from the prestigious Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana in 1992, Henriquez has exhibited throughout Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Her work is in important private and public collections including El Museo del Barrio, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Miami Art Museum; Cintas Foundation, NY; Rhode Island School of Design; and Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, NY, among many others. The September 2007 issue of ARTnews named Henriquez one of 25 art world trendsetters. Before traveling to the Miami Art Museum, Henriquez’s mid-career retrospective at the Bronx Museum of the Arts garnered a review in the New York Times.