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Ishmael Randall Weeks

Born in 1976 in Cusco, Peru
Lives and works in Lima and New-York

His work encompasses site-specific installations, sculpture and video to works on paper. In these works, issues of urbanization, transformation, regeneration, escape, collapse and nomadic existence have been predominant. While the work in the drawing studio serves as a means for a more intimate exploration of these issues, the foundation of the larger scale work lies in the alteration of materials and environmental debris, often on site (including such source materials as books and printed matter, empty tins, old tires, bicycles, boat parts and building construction fragments) that are often altered to create sculptural objects and architectural spaces. These works take the visual form of functional objects while stripping them of their productivity to address notions of labor and utility, forcing an examination for our understanding of our understanding of culturally specific forms while simultaneous exploiting and adapting their particular codes and associations

Solo Exhibitions

– 2014 Soñar Para Mañana – Galería Revolver, Lima, Perú – 2014 Escombros – Galería Arróniz, Mexico City, Mexico – 2013 Quoin, Eleven Rivington Gallery, New York, USA – 2013 Cuts, Burns, Punctures, Drawing Center, New York, USA – 2012 Parquet – MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art Rome), Italy – 2010 Maquette For Landscape, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Italy
Group Exhibitions

– 2014 Permission to be global/Prácticas Globales” Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA – 2013 Panorámica, Museo Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico, DF – 2011 The Peripatetic ­School: Itinerant drawing from Latin America – The Drawing Room, London, UK. (Curator: Tanya Barson) – 2010 Greater New York – MOMAPS1, NYC (Curators: Klaus Biesenbach, Connie butler & Neville Wakefield)


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