Carlos H. Matos (Mexico b. 1983) and Lucas Cantú (Mexico b. 1982) began working together as Tezontle in 2015. Employing the tools and methodologies of architecture and sculpture, they deliberately place themselves at an ambiguous point between the two disciplines. Drawing on different aesthetic and historical references, they have constructed an idiosyncratic imagery that refers to a bucolic utopia, at once modernist, pre-Hispanic and primitive.
Tezontle’s Recent exhibitions include “El ensamble del ocaso” a group show at Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey; “Refugio Justo” a solo exhibition at LIGA in Mexico City; “OTRXS MUNDXS” at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, MX; “Second life” an off-site exhibition by PEANA curated by José Esparza Chong Cuy in CONDO Complex 2019, Mexico City, MX; “Tenaza” a monumental sculpture commissioned by the XIII Havana Biennial in Havana, CU; “Rise and Fall” at Richard Neutra’s VDL House in Los Angeles, US; “Piedras Vivas” at PEANA in Monterrey, MX; and “Almost Solid Light” at KASMIN in New York, US.
Among other projects, Carlos and Lucas co-founded the Architectural Association’s experimental concrete workshop ‘AAVS Las Pozas’ which took place every summer between 2014-2017 in the Huasteca Jungle and served as a research platform that aimed to forge links between craft and cultural identity in the town of Xilitla, MX.