Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York City, presents a new installation by Jorge Pardo, a porous maze furnished with images from the internet. Pardo’s structures form narrow passageways through which observers must walk, an action reminiscent of negotiating library stacks. Observers navigate an amalgamation of memories and images, taking in landscapes, monuments, and faces out of context. The curving nature of the piece and the carefully cataloged bank of information lend the gallery a cerebral nature.
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Pardo’s work, while practical and geometric, is also complex and at times, disorienting. The proliferation of space afforded by technology expands the gallery into a virtual realm. Instead of displaying several pieces, Pardo displays hundreds, in an organized yet inundating fashion. This presentation of imagery and information is analogous to that of the internet.
In addition to the focus of the exhibition, the labyrinth installation, Friedrich Petzel Gallery features Pardo’s newest paintings, which sustain the themes of design and structure. Pardo offsets complementary colors and systematic patters with nontraditional canvas shapes.