Temporary Frameworks, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA) Colorado Springs, CO USA (2015)

For Torres, the process of working on site is a critical component of the art he creates. Utilizing readily available materials found at or near the location of the installation, he reflects on and experiments with the order and structure and allows the materials to inform the resulting experience of the space. Referencing Marcel Duchamp’s Dada Readymades and Arte Povera, Torres’ work continues the dialogue begun by these movements and questions the importance of the elevated art object/commodity. By utilizing discarded materials, José Luis Torres upends the trend of art towards pure commodity and highlights sustainability issues central to the waste generated by our modern industrial and post-industrial world.

Daisy McConnell, curator, UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art (GOCA).