In the search for the perfect Utopia, Honduran artist Adán Vallecillo has created a model city out of everyday materials he manufactured and assembled together.
What he creates allows viewers to reflect on symbolism, as well as political and ideological components related to Central American. Vallecillo has questioned codes and taxes and used his research to design a model of a city that he proposes as an option for Latin American counties.
The Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo will feature 15 pieces of Vallecillo’s vision in an exhibit called “Charter City” that will be available until Sept. 1.
“In the fate of the alleged disadvantage and economic dependence of the countries heading to development, engaged in an unequal exchange between raw materials and manufactured goods, the artist is a reflection of the same process within these, in the inability of governments to create an equitable coexistence where, in response, generate neighborhoods or villages isolated by their poverty or their opulence,” said the museum.
Vallecillo, 35, was born in Honduras and received a sociology degree from la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras in 2010. Before that, he studied at Escuela de Artes Plásticas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Tegucigalpa.
The artist has traveled around the world doing exhibitions and workshops in in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States. His work has received several awards including first prize in anthology of the plastic arts of Honduras in 2007. His artwork has also been showcased in many exhibits in many cities such as New York, Brazil and San José.
The museum is inside the Centro Nacional de la Cultura that is just east of Parque España at Avenida 7 in San José.