Mauricio Cortes Ortega: SCIN-TIL-LATE and Dionisio Cortes Ortega: Blurred Boundaries
Sept. 4 – Oct 8, 2019
Artist’s Talk: Wed. September 4, 5-6pm
Opening Reception: Wed. Sept. 4, 6-8pm
The Mueller Gallery is pleased to present two solo exhibitions for its first event of the 2019-20 season: Mauricio Cortes Ortega: Scin-til-late and Dionisio Cortes Ortega: Blurred Boundaries. There will be a reception for the artists on Wed. Sept. 4 from 6-8pm and an artist’s talk with both artists present from 5-6pm on the same day.
SCIN-TIL-LATE brings together recent work derived from research on historical crowns such as The Crown of the Andes, a 17th century votive crown made in Colombia. The crown, purportedly made from melted down Inca objects and stolen emeralds from the last Emperor was sold to a Chicago jeweler in the 20th century and subsequently paraded at fairs, car shows and fancy dinners, finally acquired by the MET in 2015. Mauricio’s work reimagines history and corrupted splendor, complex and historical objects imbued with untold stories, alternative interpretations emerge from disfigured symbols and the redaction of the decorative.
Blurred Boundaries is a photography and video installation that challenges the perceived differences between the United States and Mexico. The work consists of recent images taken in two sets of cities in the USA and Mexico: Chicago-Saltilllo and Brownsville-Matamoros. These visuals are juxtaposed and presented on custom-made stereoscopic devices with the intention of mixing and blurring the identity of each photograph. Still and moving imagery are paired by location and feature everyday scenes of life in places such as markets, schools, and parks among many others.
Public discourse on immigration has emphasized the differences on either side of the border, differences that were rooted at the dawn of colonization and have grown over time and with ongoing political agendas. Blurred Boundaries seeks to puzzle the viewer by showing indistinguishable images from either side of the divide. This exercise enables viewers to question how the assumed differences dissipate, exposing the porous nature of physical and metaphysical borders.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS