Strata: Mariona Berenguer, Pius Fox, Frank Gerritz, and Andreia Santana
Exhibition Dates: February 29 through April 5, 2024

Pablo’s Birthday examines the abstraction of labor across various artists' practices and a range of
mediums in Strata, a conversation between Mariona Berenguer, Pius Fox, Frank Gerritz, and
Andreia Santana. The artists engage laborious and intense processes and/or dissect them.
Ultimately, the work comments on a hidden labor, a minimal presentation with a substantial,
complex, and lengthy process. What is layered into a piece may not be seen in its result.

Mariona Berenguer transfers labor from one form into another. Frank Gerritz highlights the
minimalist tradition of intricate and complex processes within his practice. Andreia Santana
conceptualizes meanings of labor and its relationship to humans into steel and glass sculpture.
Pius Fox’s practice itself is heavily laborious; one that leaves traces of the artist's effort onto the
final composition. Together the practices engage the epitome of line, form, structure, and
corporeal physicality as it translates the intersection of abstraction and minimalist approaches.

Berenguer’s Overalls series are odes to industrial labor and the workers’ bodies involved therein.
As both a uniform and personal protection, the garments intake energy, labor, and time invested in
physical work. To make visible the material and mnemonic traces of these efforts, Berenguer
unraveled a series of used worker overalls, donated by artists and other professions, into individual
strips of fabric and re-weaved them into wall tapestries. Bound in steel, the flat wall formations
may seem simplistic, playing into the legacies of minimalism with sparse dimension and isolated
color palettes. Yet, each work is embedded with the physical labor ingrained within their original
stitchings devised from both Berenguer’s physicality of the practice and the workers' labor melded
into the fabrics from years of work.

Santana’s observations of scaffolding structures in New York City dissect a complex history and
relationship between humans and their physical environment. A scaffold—used primarily for
construction and safety— is a simultaneously permanent and temporary configuration that
passively and actively changes the lives of those in its presence. Santana’s shrunken versions of
these megastructures are embedded with objects found nearby their actual counterparts; speaking
directly to the human presence in their element. A metal frame is the result of a physically
laborious artistic practice and a condensed representation of a complex phenomenon that
permeates the lives of labor workers, citizens, and their worldly surroundings.

In line with minimalist tradition, Gerritz conveys a rigorous and precise geometrical language
wherein each work relates to one another and leads to the next. The refraction and reflection of
light against the graphite, paint stick, or aluminum engages the surrounding space; one imagines
the work continually evolving as the space’s light evolves, but equally as a viewer moves. Simplistic
in result and at first glance, and seemingly straightforward in process, Gerritz plays with the
foundational concepts of minimalism that require intense laborious processes, engaging a
perfectionist quality by meticulously layering, painting, and sketching the material.

Fox’s abstractions reflect the physical element process. The layering of paint and color play an
important role in the artist’s work. Fox scrapes away at the surface, both revealing and hiding
layers upon layers of paint. The compositions require intense physical effort in the forms of
pressure, movement, and intention. The final object provides visual evidence of Fox’s painterly
journey; simultaneously revealing and hiding the processes of labor that go undetected at first

From emulations of scaffolding structures and the weaving of workers’ physical history, to the
meticulous traditions within minimalism and the evidence of labor in an artistic process, Strata
explores processes of abstraction within various procedures and materialities. Speaking to a
minimalist legacy, the works presented in Strata stitch, scrape, sketch, and build intricate concepts
into straightforward compositions and aesthetics– hiding a strata of meaning beneath a simple

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With the support of the Institut Ramon Llull.