Venezuelan artist Eugenio Espinoza has challenged, explored and embraced art historical conventions in his output of installations, photography, paintings, drawings and sculptures. He is best known for his monochromatic, minimalistic and nonfigurative manipulations of grid forms. Producing works as a reaction to the dominant tendencies of geometric abstraction and Kinetic art in Venezuela.
His series of Impenetrables are considered Espinoza’s most relevant pieces and one of the few breakthrough works of the international avant-garde in the last 35 years.
The first Impenetrable, made in 1972, was a painting of a black grid on raw canvas. The painting was the same size as the room. It was exhibited horizontally, at knee-level, preventing viewers from entering the space. While inviting consideration of its immediate context of presentation, the Impenetrable, if read metaphorically, also tackled the politics of a continent where ideas of equitable distribution of wealth or of social justice certainly found their paths blocked. As critics immediately recognized, the piece channeled the most progressive tenets of Latin American geometric abstraction.
For his first solo exhibition at Galeria Leme, the artist presents two distinct bodies of never before seen works. One of them connected to the investigations after his first Impenetrable, and the other, related to the testing and development of his creative process.
Eugenio Espinoza was born in 1950 in San Juan de los Morros, Venezuela. He lives and works in Archer, Florida in the United States.
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