May 1st – May 31st, 2015

Longhouse Projects, in collaboration with Nikki L. Brown, is pleased to announce Light in the Absence of Light, Hector Bitar’s first solo exhibition in New York City.

For this show, Bitar presents new works from his two latest series: Light in the Absence of Light and Deities. Formally trained as an architect at the Universidad Anahuac del Norte in Mexico City, he founded Bitar Architects Firm in 2002. In contrast to the rigidity and mathematical perfection Bitar practiced in architecture, these bodies of work allow a space for experimentation with entropy, discovery and unconscious-ness. The compositions are built with enamels, lacquers, adhesives, resins, gold leaf, recycled objects, detritus from the studio and personal items. Allowing these materials to interact and react, Bitar creates a sculptural field where transformation occurs, and the externalization of an internal experience is made visible.

In Bitar’s own words: “My pieces emerge at the confluence of two distinct efforts – a defiance of my background in architecture and the quest to depict an expression of emotion rather than an illustration of it. At the locus of these two trajectories, these large-scale [relief-like] works emerge. [… They] fundamentally engage like sculptures, as one is drawn in by the sheer voluptuous density of material, which reveal a tension between the rational mind and emotional release in the act of creation.”

The show will run from May 1st. through May 31st, 2015. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, May 6th from 6-9pm. An event at the gallery will be held during the Frieze Art Fair, on Friday, May 15th from 6-9pm.

Hector Bitar was born in 1970 in Mexico City where he earned his degree in business administration at the Universidad Iberoamericana (1995) and in architecture at the Universidad Anahuac del Norte (2002). In 2002 he founded Bitar Architects Firm and from 2011 to 2013, combined architectural practice with his work as an artist. Today he is dedicated exclusively to being an artist. Bitar has had exhibitions at the Center for Architecture and Design, Mexico City; State Council for Culture and the Arts of Hidalgo, Mexico; Pilar Cubillo Gallery, Madrid; Center for Art and Culture Pippal, Mexico City, Marian García Gallery Contemporary Art in Mexico City; Casa Lamm Gallery, Mexico City; and Same Casita Maria Center for the Arts and Education, New York. His works are included in public and private collections in Mexico, North America, Europe and the Middle East.