Return the World, 2012. Unfired clay, wood, cement, and metal, 24,000 x 600 x 80 cm. View of site- specific work at the Baghe Baur Gardens, Documenta XIII, Kabul, Afghanistan.

A Conversation with Adrián Villar Rojas: The End of the Human Race

Many contemporary artists create large-scale installations, but those fabricated by the young Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas stand out for their audacity, originality, ambition, and fragility. Born in 1980 in Rosario, Villar Rojas has completed installations around the world, for exhibitions as far flung as the Biennial of the End of the World in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina; SAM Art Projects in the Jardin des Tuileries, Paris; the 54th Venice Biennale; the 12th Istanbul Biennial; and the 2012 New Museum Triennial, among others, and he has more international projects underway. Villar Rojas works with a team of builders, engineers, sculptors, and assistants to achieve gargantuan, hand-built, hybrid sculptural forms that evoke sources as diverse as architecture, machinery, robots, aliens, tools, and plant forms. While his use of clay mixed with other materials connects his work to an age-old, traditional material, his forms are anything but traditional. …see the entire article in the print version of December’s Sculpture magazine.