Mexico City Artist Pia Camil
Pia Camil first came onto our radar with a performative exhibition at this year’s Frieze Art Fair, when the Mexico City–based artist distributed 800 free, one-of-a-kind ponchos she had sewn from misprinted, deadstock fabric to elated fairgoers. When we went poking around for more information about her practice, we found these images from a 2014 exhibition at Los Angeles’ Blum & Poe Gallery, called The Little Dog Laughed, and had to share. The exhibition showcased a mix of hand-dyed and stitched textile panels complemented by paintings and geometric, low-fired ceramic sculptures. The paintings and curtain were inspired by abandoned billboards found around Mexico City, with overlapping and intersecting forms reminiscent of letters, numbers, and other aspects of advertising. These shapes were then reinterpreted into a series of vessels that followed the same diluted alphanumeric forms. The interplay between soft textiles and hard ceramics is something we were instantly drawn to; stay tuned for new work from Camil when she launches her first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center.