Spider Galaxy by Mexican artist Carlos Amorales is a sculptural platform based on Amorales’ liquid archive consisting of 400 individual wooden blocks that fit together in a spider web configuration. In a departure from his well-known work with vectorized iconography such as birds, trees and figures arranged in high contrast formations, the piece relies on geometry and repetition to create a single large-scale form.

Spider Galaxy incorporates a seating platform, inviting audience participation and repositioning the sculpture as a performance space. Artist Galia Eibenschutz will choreograph a new work for the Miami installation. She previously presented site-specific performances on Spider Galaxy at Performa 07 in New York and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City.

Carlos Amorales was born in 1970 in Mexico City, where he currently lives and works. Between 1992 and 1996 he studied in Amsterdam, at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie. Amorales came to international attention in the late 1990s with his “Amorales vs. Amorales” performances, which were inspired by the world of amateur wrestling in Mexico. Much of the artist’s work explores the culture and values of his native Mexico. He is fascinated with contemporary rituals, both secular and religious, particularly the role and meaning of costume and masks. He continues to explore these motifs in a multifaceted artistic production that includes performance, animation, painting, drawing, and sculpture. Amorales is also interested in collaborative practices and is part of Nuevos Ricos, an artist group that includes musicians, performers, and designers. Amorales has participated in major international group exhibitions such as the 50th Venice Biennale (2003) where he represented the Netherlands, the 2nd Berlin Biennial (2001), and the 1st Tirana Biennial (2001).