Monte Vista: Free Fall Perspective on line and perception

November 8 to December 7, 2008

Opening Reception
Saturday, November 8, 7 to 10pm

Featuring works by Ricardo Alzati, Alejandro Pintado and Diego Toledo

Monte Vista
5442 Monte Vista Street (at Ave 55)
Los Angeles, CA 90042



Ricardo Alzati, site specific installation, 2008
Courtesy the artist

Since the summer of 2007, Monte Vista and ART2102 conversed about a mutual interest in artist-run, non-commercial methods of exhibition. As an artist-run alternative space in Los Angeles that hosts exhibitions, lectures, events, and discussions, Monte Vista seeks to expand the local dialogue by drawing parallel links to similar artist-run practices in other countries. To this end, we invited Alejandro Pintado, a prolific and talented artist who has also curated a number shows, including Landscape interventions, part of the Moscow Biennale, Qui Vive? (Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2008) and the internationally traveling exhibition Speedy Gonzales is German, Playing with Stereotypes (UTD, Texas; University of Atlanta, Georgia; Central Gallery, Hertfordshire, England; and the Museo de la Ciudad de Queretaro, Mexico). Pintado in turn invited Ricardo Alzati and Diego Toledo. The resulting exhibition is a radical investigation of the systems of perspective and perception.

Visually stimulating and formally surprising, the work of Alejandro Pintado, Ricardo Alzati, and Diego Toledo questions the retinal experience and pushes the boundaries of the expected. Pintado’s photorealistic paintings of landscapes and architectural spaces are layered with vinyl patterns, evocative of cartographic topography maps, architectural diagrams, or mathematical isomorphs gone awry. The juxtaposition of the two visual languages creates an intriguing, perplexing dialogue. Alzati’s site-specific project for Monte Vista promises to be equally engaging. Alzati’s past site-specific installations offer a contemporary take on the idea of anamorphism. Like the famous distorted skull of Holbein’s painting, The Ambassadors, Alzati’s installations of painted lines and simple shapes, seems to offer the illusion of a coherent three dimensional form, when seen from a particular angle. However, Alzati’s illustionistic forms are always playfully skewed, questioning the possibility of a coherent, correct perspective. Toledo’s sculptural, painted constructions similarly play with a conjunction of contradictory perspectives, while also challenging traditional categories of sculpture and painting by combining the two in a complex relation where the second and third dimension meet.

In diverse ways, the work of Alzati, Pintado, and Toledo all reflect upon the influence of systems in everyday life, by visually analyzing and breaking open the rational and logical way this system has come to represent three-dimensional space. All theartists were born in Mexico City, where Alzati still lives and works. Pintado now lives and works in London, and Toledo lives and works in Berlin. This exhibition inaugurates Monte Vista’s first collaboration with international artists with similar interests in alternative, artist-run, non-traditional methods of exhibition.

About the Artists

Ricardo Alzati was born in Mexico City in 1974. He received his education in History and Visual Arts at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and in Photography and Visual Arts at the Centro de la Imagen and Centro Nacional de las Artes. In 2001-2002 he also attended the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Alzati’s photography, video, installations, paintings, and drawings have been exhibited in Mexico and the United States, including solo exhibitions at the Museo del la Ciudad de México (Mexico City), Casa Vecina (Mexico City), Fototeca de Veracruz (Verazcruz, Mexico), 111 projects (Mexico City), and group exhibitions, such as the 2001 Visions: Contemporary Mexican Photography show at the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, and the 2008 Proyectos para descontrucción at the Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Artes MUCA Roma in Mexico City. In 2007, Alzati was recipient of the Jóvenes Creadores art production grant. In 2008, he was selected as part of the core group participants at United Nations Plaza Mexico City and was also awarded artist residencies at the Triangle Artist’s Workshop (New York), and the 26th International Symposium of Contemporary Art, Baie St. Paul (Quebec, Canada). Alzati also writes for Rim Magazine (Los Angeles), and Arte MX (Mexico City). He currently lives and works in Mexico City.

Alejandro Pintado was born in Mexico City in 1973. He received his MFA at Goldsmiths (London), and his BFA at the Escuela Nacional de Pintura. Pintado has exhibited widely nationally and internationally. He has had numerous solo shows, including Galeria O (Mexico City), Galeria Emma Molina (Monterrey), the Museum Ciudad de Querétaro, Vaknin Schwartz Gallery (Atlanta), and Haus der Kunst Gallery (Guadalajara). Pintado was also included in the 2008 Moscow Bienale for young art, the 2007 Bienal de Artes de Yucatán, the 2005 Bienale de Monterrey at the Centro Navional de las Artes, and Declaraciones, at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid (2005). From 1994-1999, Pintado co-founded the artist run space, Tallería espacio cultural, and has since curated several international exhibitions including Speedy González is German: Playing with Stereotypes (2003) and Landscape Interventions at the Moscow Bienale (2008). In 2007, he was awarded an artist residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and was also honored with a Pollock-Krasner Grant. He currently lives and works in London.

Diego Toledo was born in Mexico City in 1964. He graduated as a painter from the National University School of Arts, San Carlos, UNAM (1983-87). As co-founder in 1988 of the alternative and independent space called “La Quiñonera” in Mexico City, he experimented with different materials and other technologies, and began to show his work. Toledo’s work has evolved from painting to the use of a great variety of materials and processes, creating pieces of a site-specific and conceptual nature. Toledo’s work has dealt with elements and forms that concerned information design, advertisement and public art, and recently has produced objects and installation dealing with problems of how we experience and understand space through architecture and its representation from a phenomenological point of view. Toledo has exhibited widely in Mexico and internationally. He has had solo shows at many galleries and museums, including the Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City (1993), Contemporary Art Museum, Oaxaca City, Mexico (1995), Radio House Gallery, New York (2002), and OMR Gallery, Mexico City (2003). In 2000, Toledo was awarded artist residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada) and the “Laboratory Mexico-Cuba” (Cuba). He currently lives and works in Berlin.

About Monte Vista
Monte Vista is a new artist run space in Highland Park that hosts art exhibitions, conversations, events and performances. There is no "manifesto" as this space will be self-determining, but the general aims are to bring a platform for art and conversation to Los Angeles that sidesteps the influence of the commercial market. Monte Vista wishes to facilitate the contribution of works of art that come from non-traditional sources, and support artworks that contribute to non-traditional dialogues.

Hours 12-5pm Saturday-Sunday and by appointment. For more information on Monte Vista, visit

This exhibition is made possible in part by the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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