View of “Mario García Torres,” 2018. From left: An Impossible Crack in Reality, undated; So You, undated; Helmut Berger, The Cordiality Paradox, undated; The Belonging Game, undated. Photo: Jens Ziehe.

Mario García Torres


Mario García Torres’s recent exhibition worked like a puzzle. The visitor encountered various parts that at first blush did not coalesce into a coherent pattern or image: Minimalist glass circles suspended from the ceiling (The Belonging Game [all works cited, undated]), a construction of bronze-rod triangles (An Impossible Crack in Reality), an animatronic plastic turtle crawling across the floor (So You), wandering spotlights that lent the setting a theatrical aspect, and—on several occasions during the show’s run—a performer: an elderly gentleman delivering a nonstop oration that could have been either a philosophical treatise or the chatter of a confused mind (The Cordiality Paradox). It took considerable patience to piece these fragments together into some semblance of a larger whole. One had to listen to the speech, watch the lights and shadows, pick up and read the leaflet,

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