KIOSK

Chaveli Sifre, Coconut bombs, 2016-present. Mixed media, dimensions variable.

Opening reception Friday, September 9 from 6-8p

Conjuring Cuchifritos Gallery’s material history and placement inside of a public food market, KIOSK draws on familiar as well as abstract associations of the marketplace, re-veiling it as a place of mystery and wonder. The works in KIOSK tend to blur the lines between mental and material environments employing ordinary objects as poetic devices.

Melvin Martinez sets the Plaza del Mercado atmosphere with a simultaneously festive and nostalgic large-scale painting as a backdrop for the exhibition. Danny Rivera-Cruz presents a series of ornamental modular structures as symbols and negotiators of private-public space as the result of a sustained object-aided investigation. The sculptural scale and quality of these liminal structures suggest spaces of transit: domestic portals like the market itself. Rebecca Adorno employs a mix of biomaterials to create a series of bio records that contain sounds collected in Puerto Rico, from underwater noise and atmospheric sound to salsa songs and historical speeches.

Chaveli Sifre infuses the gallery with “market-scented” perfumes made by the artist together with an enfleurage sculpture employing a process that uses natural fats to capture the fragrant compounds exuded by tuberose flowers. Nuancing the space between the objects on display, Adorno and Sifre’s audible and olfactory interventions accentuate the harmony and peculiarity of Cuchifritos’ food-market setting. Sifre also presents a series of Coconut Bombs –inaccessible perfume-type tinctures conformed of local healing herbs and chloroform. Javier Bosques presents a small group of architecturally inspired ceramics co-authored by his mother. On a video piece, Bosques invokes another ever-present food market character with a twist: Pigeons, this time entranced.

The show is the result of an expanded conversation between the artists formalized in two recently opened exhibitions at El Lobi, a former hotel lobby in Santurce, Puerto Rico, and Produce Model Gallery, a former Laundromat in Chicago. As in these previous exhibitions, KIOSK presents objects and banal situations that under patient contemplation reveal their potential to marvel, their charm, and poetry.

Curator

Guillermo Rodriguez (b. 1986, San Juan) studied fine arts and sculpture at the University of Puerto Rico. He completed a Bachelor of Art (Honors) in Art Practice at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2010 and attended a Master’s program in Curating Visual Arts at Universidad Nacional Tresde Febrero in Argentina. He has participated in the Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, the Banff Centre Visual Arts Residency, inaugurated the The Davidoff Arts Initiative Residency in Basel, and exhibited in the 11th Havana Biennial: Práctica Artísticas e Imaginarios Sociales, Artesur: Collective Fictions at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Final del Juego at Fundación Proa (Buenos Aires) and Entre Formas at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. As part of his fellowship with Beta-Local in 2016, he founded and directed the transitory exhibition platform La Estacion Espacial. Rodríguez has recently curated Herbaria at Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales in la Habana, CROMÁNTICA de Chaveli Sifre, Balancing a Blade on Diamond Grass (Balancing a Diamond on a Blade of Grass) at El Lobi, in San Juan and KIOSK at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space in New York. He is currently ICI’s 2022 Curatorial Research Fellow.

Artists

Rebecca Adorno’s work stems from a research-based approach rooted in her background in Engineering and Fine Arts. By recontextualizing scientific data, technology, and concepts involving physics of sound, Adorno creates physical representations of intangible phenomena while drawing parallels between aesthetics of beauty and lethality: signs and poetic contents that arise when catastrophic events, such as climate change, show flashes of sublime beauty. Adorno lives and works in NYC.

Javier Bosques (b. 1985, San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a visual artist with a multidisciplinary practice working on concepts related to time perception, memory, and the construction of narratives. Bosques earned a BFA from The Cooper Union in New York City in 2008 and holds an MFA in film directing from UCLA in Los Angeles (2015). Bosques has recently exhibited at Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, 2021; Storefront for Art and Architecture, NYC, 2019; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018; LAXART, LA, 2017; Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, 2017 and Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales, La Habana 2017 among other institutions. Bosques lives and works from his studio in Río Grande, Puerto Rico.

Deeply invested in the history and materiality of his medium, Melvin Martinez produces mixed media paintings, as well as sculptures and installations about painting. Martinez slathers so much paint—in a riot of colors, and mixed with materials like glitter, crumpled newspaper, and costume jewelry—onto his large-scale canvases that their surfaces appear frosted, at once irresistible and grotesque. His allover, abstract compositions reflect an artist who honors his forebears, while also breaking new ground. Working out of Puerto Rico, Miami, and Mexico City, Martínez executes painting deluges of brilliant color and application that vibrate on each and every canvas. He is deeply invested in the history and materiality of his medium, producing mixed media paintings, as well as sculptures and installations. Through his work, he negotiates his place in the continuum of painters, while inviting us to (re)consider how we view this ever-evolving art.

Danny Rivera-Cruz is an artist and designer from Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Through a variety of mediums that include installation, mixed media, painting, and video, Rivera-Cruz’s practice looks to re-interpret materials and images creating combinations that revolve around the flexibility of memory, image trajectories, obsession, and the spectator’s role in the creation of meaning. Rivera-Cruz completed his BFA in Image & Design from E.A.P in 2010 and an MFA in Painting and illustration from Brooklyn College in 2014. Rivera-Cruz lives and works in Santurce, PR.

Chaveli Sifre (b. 1986, Germany) researches healing practices, the sense of smell, botany, collectivity, and belief systems. Her practice seeks to generate relationships of affection and rehabilitate our sensorial perception. Encompassing installations, objects, paintings, and performative rituals, Sifre’s work explores intersensorial entanglement as knowledge production. She believes understanding the relation between somatic processes, intangible heritage, and scientific knowledge is a necessary part of the decolonization process. Perceptual processes inform the systems of value in a particular society, this awareness exposes us to difference and may serve as a method for dismantling otherness. Sifre lives and works in Berlin, DE.