Through his drawings, engravings and installations Matías Armendaris investigates the pauses or signs that relate the material poetics of objects to their semiotic potential for metamorphosis. His work is articulated around the exploration of language codes, understanding these as units that constitute the object and interfere in the relations that it maintains with what is located outside.
His pieces are presented as containers of infinite spaces that borrow science-fiction metaphors to reflect on the binary dynamics of power. They include fragments of a historical past that oppose known facts — social and political — and accepted ideological structures. This duality of Matías Armendaris’ works confronts the viewer with certain perceptions of otherness existing in our society, and places him in a space of singular accidents plagued by connections and associations between the real and the fictitious. Magical realism in Latin American literature serves as a marker of identity and voice.
Born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1990, during his residency at Pivô Research he works in the project Asma, in collaboration with the artist Hanya Beliá, with whom an artistic and love partnership was born.