Canopy Collections are delighted to present Celeste, an artist duo from Mexico, for their first solo show in London – A Portable Landscape. The exhibition will bring together a selection of textile and copper works by María Fernanda Camarena and Gabriel Rosas Alemán - including a seven-metre-wide triptych - which have never before been shown in Europe. This exhibition seeks to bring the warmth and harmony of Celeste’s expansive practice to a new audience, a warmth that characterises their beloved home town of Tepotzotlán.
From monumental fabric paintings to delicately crafted copper sculptures, the work will fill the Wing Gallery at Cromwell Place, which this January is championing newer talent. They have a sensibility that 'understands geometry as a rhythmic expression of inwardness and the exterior world’ and purposefully create work that has a feeling of murals - intending to combine the pictorial with the architectural. With each exhibition, Celeste assumes a role as a host to involve the spectator with a sense of ceremony. The galleries at Cromwell Place will be decorated for the opening in this way.
Hospitality is central to Celeste’s shared practice, which often materialises in the form of collaborative public projects. Employing a diverse range of materials and disciplines from sculpture to textiles, their work is characterised by a meeting of the pair’s individual aesthetic sensitivities. They call upon an abstract vocabulary of forms, inspired by the landscape, architecture and bodies both celestial and human.
Their inaugural exhibition took place in 2020 at the Zapopan Museum in Mexico. Recent solo shows include Tepetlapa at Pangée Pangée, Montreal and Manta de cielo at JO-HS, Mexico City. Forthcoming projects include solo presentations at The Austin Contemporary in Texas and a commission for Soho House in Mexico City. Prior to combining their artistry with Celeste, the couple had been working as artists independently for several years.