ERIN FROST AND
OTTO MARTIN MORENO
INFINITE UNFOLDING

KÖNIG MEXICO CITY
8 MARCH – 10 MAY 2024

KÖNIG MEXICO CITY is pleased to present INFINITE UNFOLDING, an exhibition featuring new works by Erin Frost and Otto Martin Moreno, emerging artists based in Mexico City. The show is comprised of 19 paintings by Frost and 5 sculptures by Moreno, the majority of which were created within the last year. Motifs related to floral and vegetal life abound in the works presented here, potential harbingers of the Spring to come, taking inspiration from the vibrant, organic character of the city both artists call home.

© Image by Oscar Aguilar

Frost’s paintings are made of tightly composed arabesques and flesh tones, which appear to fold and open within the constraints of the canvases’ dimensions. The effect of viewing Frost’s paintings is one that appeals both to ocular and bodily vision, releasing an energy filled with movement and permanent unfolding, as the title of the exhibition suggests. The corporeal nature of experiencing Frost’s work is intimately related to the performative processes that the artist uses to create her works, where contoured forms sit atop one another, echoing and repeating their shapes like a well-choreographed dance. In HARMONIA and SYZYGY, both made in 2023, Frost employs vertically oriented supports to create what look like intimate portraits of flowers, filled with gentle folds that appear animated by wind or some other subtle force. Frost’s compositions have a generative quality, as if the individual contours are themselves producing the resulting figures around them. In this sense, organic life is both a motif and a creative agent in these works, producing a unique and harmonious balance between form and content.

© Image by Oscar Aguilar

Moreno’s work in three dimensions achieves similar moments of balance and harmony through the creation of tension and contrasting component parts. In the diminutive A MEMORY OF FREE WILL, 2024, Moreno builds his sculpture out of fragments of curved pieces of bioplastic, finished with automotive paint. This antithesis of material – industrial and biodegradable – reinforces the object’s formal dialogue between individual sections, affixed to one another like a decomposing helix. These curved sections resemble brushstrokes that have been actualized into real space, engaging with sculpture’s unique identity as something both pictorial and figural, occupying a space shared by viewers while simultaneously separating itself from that space as an object to be seen. Here, unfolding takes place in a spatial and temporal sense, eliciting a multiplicity of perspectives anticipated by the fragmentary grammar of Moreno’s sculptural language.

© Image by Oscar Aguilar

With this exhibition of new work by Frost and Moreno, INFINITE UNFOLDING brings together two distinct voices in contemporary art based in the Mexican capital, united by their shared interest in the organic as both element and inspiration in their respective practices. Putting painting and sculpture into such intimate dialogue pays tribute to the unique sensibilities of both artists, as well as the lush ecology that influences their work.

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Harmonia

Erin Frost

Harmonia

Child’s Pose

Erin Frost

Child’s Pose

SelfDrivingFreedom.01

Otto Martin Moreno

SelfDrivingFreedom.01

Dusk

Erin Frost

Dusk

Queenie

Erin Frost

Queenie

A memory of free will

Otto Martin Moreno

A memory of free will

Upon Waking

Erin Frost

Upon Waking

Softer Side

Erin Frost

Softer Side

Center Point

Erin Frost

Center Point

Syzygy

Erin Frost

Syzygy

Spirit & Shell

Erin Frost

Spirit & Shell

Growing Season

Erin Frost

Growing Season

Palm of Your Hand

Erin Frost

Palm of Your Hand

Queen

Erin Frost

Queen

In the Fold

Erin Frost

In the Fold

New Moon

Erin Frost

New Moon

Vitruvian

Erin Frost

Vitruvian

Impermanence

Erin Frost

Impermanence

Rolling

Erin Frost

Rolling

Geranium Lake

Erin Frost

Geranium Lake

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FEATURED ARTISTS

ERIN FROST

Erin Frost (b. in California, USA) lives and works in Mexico City. Frost’s autodidactic and meditative painting process investigates the qualities of the unknown. With interests in both nature and philosophy, Frost’s paintings explore themes of intimacy and transformation, revealing the artist’s deep-seated fascination with the interplay of embodied processes and corporeality as a whole. With dance-like movements, Frost imparts a performative dimension to her works, tracing the outlines of her instinctual gestures, the canvas functioning as a stage for movement, and a direct connection to the artist. The approach is at once physical and me...
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OTTO MARTIN MORENO

Otto Martin Moreno (b. 2000 in Mexico City) lives and works in Mexico City. Moreno’s work is born out of a tension between industrial and digital sculpture, drawing on materials from both technologies to enhance his construction process. Moreno makes use of three-dimensional modeling and rendering programs to create abstract shapes. Using a special software program, he creates sculptures through digital representation that make him think about how we deal with time in the otherwise timeless space of digital platforms. The resulting works are then realized in aluminum, wood, as well as with 3-D printing.
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