MOCK UP OF A COMMON PLACE
August – October 2013
The intervention of Luis Alderete spawns from an interest in objects, materials and tangible experiences. Through framework wood, soil, vegetation and a mirror, a small garden is submerged in the ground: an architecture anchored in its undeniable condition to remain in the material universe, particularly in the landscape. This contemplative micro-universe is infinitely reflected through found mirrors, creating a kaleidoscopical experience where, surprisingly, our own gaze returns amidst the vegetation. Sitting on the bench in front of this artificial garden, embraced by the cold that emanates from the earth, we isolate ourselves from the city in this inner world.
Access to this hidden oasis is postponed. Only the volume and weight of the earth and some rough wooden frames with diagonal supports are visible from the outside. A storefront that displays an austere landscape of prime materials wrapped in a mute telluric presence. Through the narrow hall the visitor walks from the lobby of this office building to this space that reveals the special and environmental sensibilities that are present in the world and that surround us day after day. This special and sensorial experiences are the references which constitute the prime matter of Luis Alderete’s work.