The exhibition presents pieces from the Institue of Contemporary Art’s collection (IAC) and guest artists that share the concepts of abstract art, from the geometric language.
Victor Pasmore, an architect by education, contributed to the development of abstraction as an artistic language in England in the 1940s and 1950s. His work in three dimensions, with wood and acrylic elements, indicates his study of the projection of forms in a two-dimensional surface, in space. That is how the work is unified and interacts with the space around it.
Rubela Dávila is a Peruvian artist who belongs to the 60s generation when the visual languages influenced by neoplasticism and “Hard Edge” from the New York school of abstraction were explored, displacing the limits of painting, sculpture, engraving and action, making their productions with vanguard proposals and transgression with the academicisms and aesthetic formalists of the time. Hence many of the productions of those years were called by the critic Juan Acha as "non-objectualist art".
Structures in Blue is a 1968 piece that presents a chromatic game obtained by the internal unevenness of the circular fields that in its relation with the variations of blues and the illumination of its set, achieves light shadows that move from a circle to another, generating a fine mobility, similar to the lunar phases.
A particular and clean work based on mathematical proportions and fractal shapes, as well as on her concern for the mysteries of the universe’s laws, projected in the creation’s cycles and destruction of the forms of nature and its spatiality, and the relativity of the theories built around them. In Iliana Scheggia’s pieces we can see referents such as Richard Serra, Olafur Eliasson and Theo Jansen.
Jorge Cabieses presents in Ignoto pure geometry, striping it off totally from the visual references to which we are used to in this time, to give way to a visual and aesthetic freedom based on the formal and chromatic synthesis that is repowered when a large geometric framework made of plastic boxes is superimposed.
Jose Ignacio Lora Iturburu (Peru) builds architectural spaces from the pictorial liberty, imaginary structures that allude to frozen, quiet and desolate spaces, sometimes very particular and others with expressive tensions obtained by the pictorial treatment. His inquiries in the geometric synthesis’ field come from the city’s urbanism, his domestic environment in the complex housing of the Torres de Limatambo (Towers of Limatambo), always fed by the lines of perspectives, street graphics and its architecture, prehispanic remains that contribute in the spatial treatments and the relation with its surroundings, the light and the shadows, among other aspects.
His work for geometry has been with him since his formative stage in art school, hence the quality of his proposals and versatility, as he goes from painting to the installation, objectual or sculptural proposal. The piece "Habitación a oscuras" is the connection of pictorial creation and poetry, where the artist takes from the poet Sebastián Salazar Bondy this phrase: Let me say that poetry is a dark room.
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