Erick Beltrán

Erick Beltrán, Laocoon’s Dream, 2018. Installation view at La Tallera, Mexico. Courtesy the artist

Erick Beltrán, Amor de Cumbia,2013-2019. Conference at Halfhouse, Barcelona. Photo: Halfhouse

Erick Beltrán, Laocoon’s Dream, 2018. Installation view at La Tallera, Mexico. Courtesy the artist

Erick Beltrán (b. 1974, Mexico City, Mexico) lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. Beltrán analyses and reflects on the mechanisms of thought systems, specifically the relationship of power that exists between the editing process and ways of constructing knowledge. Working with diverse media, such as publication, lecture-performance and installation, Beltrán experiments with the link between public art and diverse graphic languages, investigating the museum, library and the archive as forms of knowledge. Recent exhibitions include Volt, Norway (2019); La Tallera, Mexico (2018); Espacio Odeón, Colombia (2018); and Cuenca Bienal, Ecuador (2018).

Project Description

Erick Beltrán presents graphical drawings at Lewis's Building and corresponding sound pieces in taxi cabs around Liverpool. Beltrán’s work revolves around his interpretation of forms and figures, which is informed by his research into the intersection between multiple paradigms – Cumbia music, proprioception, quantum physics, the primordial state, the psychopomp and collective psyche. Hinged on his deconstruction of Cumbia, Beltrán brings to the fore that there are multiple ways of being in the world beyond the conventional understanding of the individual. Here, the existence is interpreted by the body through ripples and rhythm – pulling and drawing people in as though they are possessed. Once the unit is overflowed with a multi-layered presence, it transforms into a state that is visually a kin to a kaleidoscopic pattern. Different types of ontological frameworks and velocities are central to this narrative, including our perception of frequency, harmonics, bodily knowledge and dream states.

Supported by Patronato de Arte Contemporáneo, A.C., Embassy of Mexico in the United Kingdom and Com Cabs.