Opening Thursday July 7, 2022
PROXYCO Gallery, 121 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002


PROXYCO Gallery is pleased to present María Gabler: TRAMA, the Chilean artist’s first solo exhibition in New York. Gabler is the 2021 CCU Art Grant winner and current resident at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) residency in Brooklyn.

Gabler creates site-responsive, temporary installations that critically engage the venues in which they reside. Gabler’s approach relies on  investigating each location’s architectural characteristics, material construction and historical and cultural contexts. Through her interventions, Gabler interrogates the internal logic, systems, and structures that determine how we relate to spaces. Her work is characterized by using materials of industrial origin linked to construction and heavy labor, such as wood, steel, and expanded polystyrene.

TRAMA is a multimedia sculptural installation that employs materials that have marked her explorations walking around the streets of New York during her residency. The exhibition focuses on the spatial representation of the gallery, interpreting its form across mediums—including video and photography—to reflect on the function of the space and the objects it contains.

The CCU Art Grant works to recognize and strengthen the development and internationalization of Chilean contemporary artists. The artist is awarded a four-month studio residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York; and a culminating solo exhibition at Proxyco Gallery, New York.

María Gabler (b. 1989) earned her BFA from the Catholic University of Chile and MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Chile. Gabler has exhibited extensively in Chile, including the solo shows “La Ventana” (2022) at Galería Gabriela Mistral, “Anfibia” (2021) at MAM Chiloé, “La Galería” (2017) at Sala de Arte CCU, and “Mirador” (2015) at Galería Tajamar. She has also participated in several group exhibitions in spaces such as Matucana 100, Galería D21, Galería Macchina, Galería Local, and Museo de la Solidaridad, among others. Her work has been recognized with the Sustainable Pavilion Award from the National Council for Culture and the Arts of Chile at ChACO Fair 2011; FONDART 2015, 2017, and 2020; Third Place in 2015 and First Place in 2021 in the CCU Art Fellowship and the Ca.Sa Foundation/Collection Award 2021, among others. In addition, since 2020, she has been part of the National Collection of Contemporary Art of Chile at the NationalCenter of Contemporary Art in Cerrillos.

She is currently in residence through the end of July 2022 at the ISCP in New York as part of the 2021 CCU Art Grant and will soon start a residency at the Hangar Artistic Research Center in Lisbon. Gabler lives and works in Santiago, Chile.