In January 2011, Contemporaries Patrons met with artist Paul Ramírez Jonas following his 2010 project, Key to the City. Join us for a discussion and walk-through of his new exhibition Aggregate, opening soon at Koenig & Clinton gallery, to see what he has been working on since.
Aggregate introduces the latest iterations of the artist’s sustained inquiry into the social conditions that shape public voice, constitutive bodies, and political agency. In the gallery, five cork busts present a series of anti-monuments whose conventional forms are subverted by angular cuts to each face that deliberately obscure and decenter the identity of the memorialized figure. Each anonymous monolith surrenders its discursive power and submits its authority to a public. In turn, that public will transform each monument into a communal bulletin board by posting its own messages.