House of Propellers in collaboration with curator Cecilia Brunson is pleased to present the first UK solo exhibition of Johanna Unzueta. The presentation will
consist of one installation of industrial sculptures specifically made for the
Working against any grain of sensationalism by using materials such as felt, fabric, wood and cardboard, Johanna Unzueta’s practice explores the history of labour. She sews and assembles simple representations of basic work tools like shovels, wheelbarrows, axes, boxes, nails and pipes. These objects are literal reconstructions of artefacts used in manual work, as well as delicate allegories of the history of technological advancement. In her sculptures the notion of labour exists not only in a social and historical context, but is also present in the careful handicraft and fabrication of each artwork. One of the common denominators in her installations is the atmosphere of playfulness and subtle humour, as she adjusts variations in scale that tend to shift viewer’s perception.
Johanna Unzueta was awarded the 2010 Pulse Prize for best solo booth at the New York Armory Fair. And recently exhibited her first monographic exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art in New York.
Johanna Unzueta (b. 1974), lives and works in New York City since 2000. She has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions including: “Iron Folklore”, Queens Museum of Art, New York (2009); “The Skills”, Christinger de Mayo, Zürich (2008); “Linea de Hormigas”, A Gentil Carioca, Rio de Janeiro (2007); “Johanna Unzueta”, Thrust Projects, New York City (2007); “Ora y Labora”, Die Ecke Arte Contemporaneo, Santiago (2006); and “Trapped by Mutual Affection”, a project by Galerie Christian Nagel, Miami (2005). Upcoming group exhibitions include “Contaminaciones Contemporaneas”, at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo; and “Like a river that stops being a river or like a tree that is burning in the horizon without knowing it is burning”, Temporary Gallery, Cologne. Her second solo show at Christinger de Mayo, Zürich, will open in late August 2010.
Cecilia Brunson (b. 1972) is an independent curator based in London. For more than a decade she has worked in New York and Latin America. Her career began in 1991 in New York at the age of nineteen. For ten years she built a collection of Latin American art for the Edwards publishing family. In 2001 after graduating from the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, she was appointed Coordinator of Exhibitions at The Americas Society in New York. This was followed by an invitation to be Associate Curator of Latin American Art at The Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas. Because of her interest in supporting emerging artists and bringing to light the work of up-and-coming curators she founded INCUBO in Chile. This was a residency program for international curators to innovate and experiment with different formats for exhibitions, lectures and publications. She recently co-founded the AMA Fellowship, a grant that facilitates residencies abroad for Chilean artists. Her writings appear in Artforum and in numerous artist catalogues.