Triangle Constellation
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Gallery Text

Amorales creates work in a wide range of media—from drawing and painting to sculpture, performance, and film—focusing on contemporary rituals and symbols. He studied art in Amsterdam during the 1990s and gained international attention for his “Amorales vs. Amorales” performances, inspired by lucha libre, the costumed world of Mexican amateur wrestling. The artist’s early work encompassed the decade-long creation of what he calls the Liquid Archive, a database of primarily black, white, and red graphic images, including birds, skulls, spiders, and trees. Amorales used this as a rich resource for his subsequent work, incorporating the forms into paintings, prints, animation, and objects. He interweaves familiar secular and religious symbols with the idea of performance, presenting narratives in which the viewer reads or plays a role.

In this installation, Amorales has greatly enlarged the traditional musical triangle, creating a mobile of suspended forms, which, as the artist explains, “create the visual idea of sound, a notion that can be realized so that the piece becomes performative as well.” Amorales conceived Triangle Constellation for the Calderwood Courtyard as a means of creating a collective experience. The sculpture can be played with a long stick, producing music that filters from the courtyard into the surrounding galleries, and unifying these spaces with vivid elements of sound and performance.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
2015.14
People
Carlos Amorales (Mexico City, Mexico born 1970)
Title
Triangle Constellation
Classification
Sculpture
Work Type
sculpture
Date
2015
Culture
Mexican
Location
Level 1, Room 1000, Calderwood Courtyard
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Painted steel, chrome-plated steel, and rope
Dimensions
670 x 332 cm (263 3/4 x 130 11/16 in.)
Provenance
Carlos Amorales, sold; [through, Kurimanzutto, Mexico City]; to the Harvard Art Museums, 2015.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Leslie Cheek, Jr.
Copyright
© Carlos Amorales
Accession Year
2015
Object Number
2015.14
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Exhibition History

32Q: 1000 Courtyard, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/15/2015

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