Rocío Olivares' first solo show

The artwork of Rocío Olivares explores the asymmetrical distribution of power and information, and the resulting centralization of resources within the context of globalization. The exhibition Rewind suggests an exercise of distancing architectural systems and construction processes from the concept of private property. Olivares takes a long view of these appropriated images of mansions, thus converting them into miniaturized objects through various mediums, techniques, and formats. The artist herself concedes that the creation of these works is a guilty pleasure, as is the tension between the aspiration for ownership and the need for critical analysis. Rewind also looks back at a childhood of toys and scale models that structured our spatial perception and our desire. The pieces dialogue with each other, opening up a space of playful conversation that questions a range of subjects, from wealth accumulation to dwelling structures.

In the series Casas plegables [Foldable Homes], space becomes objectified. Each piece is designed as if it could be folded to configure a small three-dimensional house. Polymer clay

Domestic Paradise reflects on the privatization of what was once public. Water, originally a freely available natural resource, is now confined by the contours of a swimming pool. Polychrome ceramic

These drawings propose a dystopian domestic reality in which rooms multiply ad infinitum, subverting the distinction between public and private. Graphite drawing on paper

An exercise in appropriation in which Rocío Olivares modifies internet images of mansions to create megamansions. Giclée print on Hahnemühle Matte Photo Rag paper mounted on PVC foam board

Capitales privadas2019

A map of southern Chile with the lakes and other bodies of water eliminated. This subtractive artistic gesture draws attention to the privatization of water. Die cut map

Atlas mudo2013

A book compiling the shapes of various nation-states based on their geopolitical borders. They appear as blots with no additional information. Artist’s book made with xylography

Casi todos2014

These pieces are in varying shades between the tones of black and white, offering a game that allows a blurring of identities. Plasticine

Prototipos de objetos funcionales II2012

Objects composed of castings from various plastic pieces. Their new forms suggest new, unspecified uses and functions. Cast plaster