Sobre a exposição
Louis Cameron - Michelle Carollo -Doreen McCarthy - Gisela Insuaste - Inés Raiteri - Freddy Rodriguez- Julio Suarez- Marela Zacarias
This exhibition gathers the work of eight artists, all at various stages in their careers, all of whom have retained a commitment to abstraction, particularly in terms of the intersection of color, form, and medium. Works in the show are products of their cultural environment. Despite their abstract nature, they make reference to actuality, to the context in which they are created, and use a variety of materials to underscore these connections. The intent of the works is often multiple, emphasizing the connections between what is real and the visual experience of the viewer. Working in mediums as diverse as plastic, vinyl, nylon, wood, cardboard, paper, foam core, Plexiglass, acrylic paint, photography and video, these artists each approach the solid forms of geometry, the patterning of abstraction and the meaning of line in various ways. The application of line, color, and form in a rich, sensual way marks these works as contemporary objects that draw on a long tradition of geometric and abstract work and often evoke the influence of the urban environment.
Louis Cameron has been making abstract, ready-made “paintings” from puzzles. Adapting the colors of corporate logos to these puzzles, the artist creates an image that remains vaguely recognizable, despite their abstracted look. Marlboro, Hershey’s and Duracell are among the many global corporations that are the subject of Cameron’s de-constructions.
Gisela Insuaste makes both drawings and three dimensional works that are based on avariety of landscapes and architectural forms. Motivated by the most basic, organic forms of the land or interior spaces, the artist uses these as inspiration for lines, colors, and forms that are built upon one another. Considering both the fragility and the centrality of the landscape, the artist marks this delicate balance particularly through her sculptural forms, which mimic the varied sites and meandering spaces of the earth’s topography or architectural interiors.
Doreen McCarthy has been making geometric and abstract sculpture for many years. Working in surprising materials as such as Plexiglas and vinyl, the artist creates simple hard-edgeworks as well as softer, inflatable sculptures that erode the strict Boundaries, the edges between forms. Each work becomes an exploration of the possibilities of the nexus of space and color.
Since the 1970s, Freddy Rodríguez has made large, abstract paintings with bands of solid colorin varying dimensions. Trained during the apogee of Minimalism, the artist has combined his love of rich, saturated color, with a genuine admiration for the simplification of form. Using luminous, conspicuous colors, the artist creates a series of angular forms that cross the vast spaces of a canvas with aplomb.
Michelle Carollo constructs large installations of abstract, colorful forms in the interest of creating room-sized, three-dimensional abstract paintings. Her works blur the line between the illusionary space found in an abstract painting, and the actual physical space in which aspectator can move. She varies the materials used in her creations according to the effects she is generating.
Ines Raiteri presents works that features a series of solid stripes of color. Using the palette of well-known couturiers such as Prada and Pucci, she adapts the colors from runway looks to a series of rectangular formal paintings that are reminiscent of the color bars used to correct colors for prints, photographs and textiles.
Julio Suárez has been creating abstract geometric paintings for over 20 years. These are often inspired by minimalist architectural forms. Large, solid, colorful squares are intersected by singular white lines. The artist will present two large canvases that convey his interest in the intersection of line, form, color, and space. He notes, “The flow of energy that is produced bya particular space with a specific color is the experience of life.”
Marela Zacarias uses the medium of contractors and day laborers everywhere, joint compound, to create works that explore the languages of line, color, and movement. Striations of color make veiled references to textile work and patterns that draw on traditional textile forms.