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Gonzalo Lebrija, Breve historia ...
A black vintage car suspended vertically over a reflecting pool with a silver building in the background in the evening

Gonzalo Lebrija: Breve historia del tiempo

Gonzalo Lebrija: Breve historia del tiempo

Aug. 4, 2022 – March 26, 2023
Campbell Art Park

A black car suspended over water with mountains in the background
Gonzalo Lebrija, Between Life and Death

For the first time in the region, Oklahoma Contemporary presented a monumental outdoor sculpture by Gonzalo Lebrija, one of the best-known contemporary artists living in Guadalajara, Mexico. Breve historia del tiempo (2020) was a 2,500-pound Plymouth Duster that appears to be suspended vertically over a pool of water.

The sculpture, whose title translates to Brief History of Time, was on loan from Mexico City’s famed La Colección Jumex. The work is tied to Entre la vida y la muerta, a 2008 performance during which the artist used a crane to drop a similar car into a lake just outside of Guadalajara. Afterward, Lebrija discovered that a photograph of the performance had captured the moment just before the front bumper hit the water, beginning the artist’s interest in the passage of time. In this tense, “frozen” sculptural moment — as dramatic as it is dazzling — the car appeared to be suspended between life and death.

Breve historia del tiempo was presented in association with the exhibition La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara, on view Sept. 23, 2022 – Jan. 9, 2023. La casa que nos inventamos was a collaboration between Oklahoma Contemporary and guest curator Viviana Kuri, director and chief curator of the Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ) in Guadalajara. Learn more about the exhibition here.

About the Artist
The conceptual art of Gonzalo Lebrija (born in Mexico City in 1972) explores the complexities of time, including how perceptions of past, present, and future can be altered by visual phenomena. Lebrija’s sculptures, paintings, photographs, and videos have been presented extensively, and are the subject of a 2022 survey exhibition at the Palm Springs Art Museum. Lebrija co-founded and co-directs Oficina de Proyecto de Arte in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he lives.

This installation is supported by Automobile Alley Association.


Gonzalo Lebrija, Breve historia del tiempo, 2020. Plymouth Duster, dyed water, receptacle. Dimensions variable.

Gonzalo Lebrija, Between Life and Death, 2008. C-print. De Haro Collection. Courtesy Ana Paula De Haro.


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