Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

 

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo has taken graphics and architectural principals to the next level. His single line geometrical installations are site specific and are made of metal frames. His three-dimensional sculptures use a unique language to describe the systems of graphic ideologies, geometric abstraction and combine the medium of installation and performance. No small feat!

Cerrillo lives and works in Mexico City. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts and MFA from Columbia University, both in New York.

Exploring the world of voids and absences in space, his abstract work transforms how we view the undefinable. And outside of that, it looks pretty damn cool too!

 

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

Mexican Artist José León Cerrillo Deconstructs the Principles of Modernist Design, Architecture & Art | Yellowtrace

 

His work transects galleries and their walls, using metal rods cut and welded together and then powder coated different colours. We, the observer of his work, feel both the space and the wholeness of it, by the voids in between. It’s a pretty clever way of capturing ones imagination.

Cerrillo also uses the medium of glass, concrete and plaster, inserting the materials into his metal frames. His work also makes use of two-dimensional processes using silk screen on canvas. At the heart of his work is the desire to express the transformation of the abstract into concrete. His unique language of spatial expression makes his installation pieces both dynamic and ultimately, intriguing.

 


[Images courtesy of José León Cerrillo.]

 

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Susanna McArdle
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Susanna has a background in Interior Architecture and a passion for writing. Based in Sydney, she has worked both in Asia and Australia designing. An avid writer, it’s hard to know what she prefers more, stringing words together or creating spaces. But one thing she does know, is that she loves doing the both together.

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