Colombian Sculptor Gabriel Sierra part of Guggenheim UBS MAP
b. 1975, San Juan Nepomuceno, Colombia | lives and works in Bogotá
Gabriel Sierra studied industrial design at Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá. Employing the languages of design and architecture, the Colombian artist’s work challenges the rules of functionality and engages ideas of community, habitat, and urbanism. For Structures for Transition 1 (Estructuras para transición 1, 2008), he built an armature in a museum passageway, seeming to expose the structural skeleton that exists beneath the surrounding walls. A second work acquired for the Guggenheim’s collection, Hang It All (from Stepmothernature, 2006), alludes to Charles and Ray Eames’s iconic design, replacing its colorful spheres with pieces of fruit, thus replacing perfect geometric form with irregular organic matter.
Dispatch: Colombia April 2, 2014 The fifth report from Pablo Léon de la Barra's exhibition-research trips across Latin America documents visits made by the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, to sites of cultural interest in Colombia, where sweeping changes over the past decade have encouraged artist-led activity, helping to compensate for the moribund state of its established arts institutions. More
Colombia's Art Scene Heats Up The Wall Street Journal, June 26, 2014 A robust economy and ongoing peace talks are nudging the international art world to pay attention to Colombian artists. More
Gabriel Sierra The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, May 3–June 28, 2015 For Gabriel Sierra's first solo show in the United States, the Bogotá-based artist has created a site-specific installation consisting of 14 areas or structures, each with a suggestion for engaging with it. More