Some of what Gean Moreno and Ernesto Oroza are trying to get at in their collaborative works are a little hard to comprehend, but usually they are interesting and intellectually challenging contemporary explorations. This should hold true for “Drywood,” opening up at Wynwood’s Alejandra von Hartz Gallery on Thursday.
Like some of their other collaborations in the past, this one is also labeled a research-driven project, in this case a study of urban identity through the meaning, marking and physicality of certain objects. With this new project, “they seek to understand how generic production, embodied in the souvenir, stands as both the ultimate horizon of rationalization in object design and a generative force that increasingly determines our urban environments.”
This will result in a series of concrete spheres exhibited in the gallery, which have been made by the balls “swallowing” some souvenirs.
The two will also exhibit pages of a “Tabloid” project that they have been compiling for four years. A number of writers and theorists have contributed to the Tabloid, which also documents the Moreno and Oroza collaborative history. Later this spring, their first book Maison Moire will be published as well. Both artists are well known about town for their individual projects as well, which for Moreno also includes various writings and his [Name] Publications artists’ books series (a Knight Arts grantee).
Cuban-born Oroza made an intervention on Vizcaya back in 2011 by “mapping” its quirky history as part of the newly instigated Contemporary Arts Project there, which turned out to be a fascinating way to “study” Vizcaya.
“Drywood” opens Thursday, Feb. 7 from 7-10 p.m. at Alejandra von Hartz Gallery, 2630 N.W. 2nd. Ave., Miami; www.alejandravonhartz.net.