Carlos H. Matos (Mexico b. 1983) and Lucas Cantú (Mexico b. 1982) began working together as Tezontle in 2014. 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 Drawing on different aesthetic and historical references, they have constructed an idiosyncratic imagery that refers to a bucolic utopia, at once modernist, pre-Hispanic and primitive.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 projects include OTRXS MUNDXS at Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, MX; an artist residency at Casa Wabi, Puerto Escondido, MX; Second life an off-site exhibition by PEANA curated by José Esparza Chong Cuy presented during 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. They will be part an upcoming group presentation in 2021 at Museo MARCO in Monterrey, MX.
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.