After opening two galleries this year in Mexico City and San Francisco, multi-disciplinary studio ATRA makes its East Coast debut with their first solo show in New York City. Titled Form & Process, the exhibition showcases the works of Swedish-Mexican cofounders Alexander and Andreas Diaz Andersson, alongside upcoming designers Bogus Studio, Jose Balmaceda, Ann Edholm, and Jose Vera Matos. The showcase is on view at Tuleste Factory through January 2020—by appointment only.
Pairing silk-screened and embroidered canvases by Andreas with furnishings by Alexander, the brothers create a dialogue between art and design. Here, an experimental study of material and form ensues a dichotomous blend of their Swedish and Mexican lineages: warm woods and sleek lines, characteristic of Scandinavian design, combine with dark stains and leather distinctive of furniture produced in Mexico during the mid-20th-century
Based in Mexico City’s Santa Maria La Ribera neighborhood, the studio sources materials locally and adapts vernacular craft techniques within contemporary execution. ATRA pairs tradition with new techniques using traditional making methods like weaving with regional materials like mahogany. The result? A pleasantly unexpected process that spawns curious forms. Large in scale and often fabricated using unusual textures, the duo’s furnishings and artworks possess a tactile yet luxurious sensibility. This approach is perhaps the reasoning behind the title of the exhibition, Form & Process.
Header image: ATRA’s exhibition, Form&Process, features various large scale wall-hung works by Andreas Diaz Andersson. Each follows the same stylistic aesthetic: vibrant silk-screened patches of color and linear threaded motifs embroidered meticulously atop canvases. (Courtesy ATRA)