Luis Hidalgo

Artificial Pulse

March 21 – April 26, 2014

Artificial Pulse, Installation view, Steve Turner Contemporary, March 2014
Artificial Pulse, Installation view, Steve Turner Contemporary, March 2014
Artificial Pulse, Installation view, Steve Turner Contemporary, March 2014
027_VL0 D0105, 2013. Digital print on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches
004_VL0 D083, 2013. Digital print on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches
004_VL0 D083, 2013. Digital print on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches (detail)
020_VL0 D078, 2013 Digital print on mirror 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches
017_VL0 D066, 2013. Digital print on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches
021_VL0 D067, 2013. Digital print on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches
021_VL0 D067, 2013. Digital print on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches (detail)

Artificial Pulse, Installation view, Steve Turner Contemporary, March 2014

Artificial Pulse, Installation view, Steve Turner Contemporary, March 2014

Artificial Pulse, Installation view, Steve Turner Contemporary, March 2014

027_VL0 D0105, 2013. Digital painting on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches

004_VL0 D083, 2013. Digital painting on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches

004_VL0 D083, 2013. Digital painting on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches (detail)

020_VL0 D078, 2013. Digital painting on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches

017_VL0 D066, 2013. Digital painting on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches

021_VL0 D067, 2013. Digital painting on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches

021_VL0 D067, 2013. Digital painting on mirror, 35 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches (detail)

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Steve Turner Contemporary is pleased to present Artificial Pulse, a solo exhibition by Cuernavaca-based artist Luis Hidalgo that will feature a selection of digital paintings on mirror. The works will be installed at eye level so that they lean against the wall at a slight angle; this will heighten the attributes of the production technique and the characteristics of the mirror.

The imagery consists of numerous layers of pigment that are applied to the surface; the reflective layer of the mirror rests nearly one-half inch beneath the glass. This creates a stunning visual effect that varies depending upon the vantage point of the viewer. When viewed from a parallel point of view, the colors and details are sharp and defined, but when viewed from other angles, they are out of focus.

While Hidalgo is interested in the broad realm of possibilities connected to the process of creating images digitally, his overriding interest is to create a situation that correlates to viewing images on a monitor. By separating the physical image from the reflective surface, the artist conveys the mysterious gap between the real and virtual. To Hidalgo, the “artificial” is manifested through the use of machines in the process of creation while the “pulse,” the living element, is represented by his role as the operator who creates. The relationship between the two defines the present time when organic conditions are increasingly filtered through technology.

Luis Hidalgo (born 1981, Mexico City) studied at La Esmeralda, Mexico City. He has collaborated and exhibited with Magali Lara since 2001. His digital animations have been included in exhibitions at La Muse en Circuit, Paris; Jumex Foundation, Mexico City; El Cubo, Tijuana and Recoleta Cultural Center, Buenos Aires. This will be his first solo exhibition in the United States.


Born 1981, Mexico City
Lives and works in Cuernavaca

Education
2003 MFA, National Centre of Arts, Mexico City
2002 BFA, University of the State of Morelos

Solo Exhibitions

2014
Artificial Pulse, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles

2013
La Ciudad de los libros (with artist Magali Lara), José Vasconcelos Library, Mexico City

2011
Un possible día (with artist Magali Lara), La Muse en Circuit, Paris

2010
Duelo (with artist Magali Lara), 9th FEMSA biennial, at the Centre for Arts, Monterrey

2007
Lo otto (with artist Magali Lara), Intorno al ‘900, Conservatiori di Música Antonio Vivaldi, Alessandria

2004
Los ojos no (in collaboration with the exhibition by Magali Lara), Recoleta Cultural Centre, in Buenos Aires

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013
Vacancy, Cultura Colectiva, Mexico City

2011
Dibujo atómico, Gallery of the Centre of Arts of Morelos, Cuernavaca

2010
Destello, Jumex Foundation/Collection, Ecatepec de Morelos, Mexico

2009
Glaciares, Siqueiros Public Art Hall, Mexico City
Zoótropo 7, Museum of Modern Art of Mexico City
 Animated Painting. The Cube, Tijuana, Mexico

2007
Sueño de una noche de verano, Centro Cultural Muros, Cuernavaca

2005
Art Frankfurt (with the Ruta Correa Gallery), Frankfurt
 Sommer 2005: México, Ruta Correa Gallery, Freiburg, Germany

2004
Lo que no explica la vida lo explica el fuego, E21 Arte Contemporáneo, Cuernavaca

Curatorial Projects

2012
Magali Lara – Animations, Museo Amparo, Puebla, Pue., Mexico

2006
La misma Habitación (collaboration with Pablo Rasgado), José Peón Contreras Theatre, Merida, Yucatan. Mexico