Central Library, Lobby Gallery
"Space Stations," a series of six drawing by Vargas-Suarez Universal, is on view in the Lobby Gallery of Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library at Grand Army Plaza through June 27. The series uses destroyed experimental architecture as a starting point for experimental drawings. Universal uses the structures and site plans from the 1939 and 1964 New York World’s Fairs, which are now destroyed, for the creation of his "Space Stations" series.
The drawings attempt to propose the reconstruction of parts, or entire sections of the spaces, as possible future design elements for international space stations as well as space travel vehicles. Universal’s work is rooted in the modern sensibility of design improvisation, transformation and interpretation of how space is utilized. Working with architectural design structures provides Universal with the chance to observe society’s role as builder, destroyer and dreamer.
"Exhibiting at Brooklyn Public Library reinforces the notion of research and the search for knowledge," said Universal. "Much of the source material I work with comes from books, reference materials and periodicals. The fact that the drawings are being exhibited in this setting reflects on the circular paths information can take on its way to becoming art."
About the Artist
Universal was born in Mexico City and raised near NASA in Houston. His works have appeared in numerous solo exhibitions, including "Texas Landscape," Altelier von David Medalla, Berliner Kunstler Prograam des DAAD, Berlin (1998); "Blueprints & Space Stations," g-module, Paris (2002); and two exhibitions upcoming in 2003 at the Jersey City Museum, Jersey City and site specific installation, University of Essex, England. His group shows include "Crossing the Line," Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows, New York (2001); "London Biennale 2000," Fleet Place, London; "Good Business is the Best Art: Twenty Years of the Artist in the Marketplace Program," The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York (2000); and "Dona Nelson, Andreij Monastyrskij, Vargas-Suarez Universal, Tom Wood," Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (2000); and "Think…1.2.3.Think: Rupert Goldsworthy, Jocelyn Taylor, Vargas-Suarez Universal," im niL, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (2001).
This exhibition is organized for Brooklyn Public Library by d.u.m.b.o arts center (dac). Lobby Gallery exhibitions are supported by a grant from Greenwall Foundation.