Iran do Espírito Santo
An Exhibition at Sean Kelly Gallery through April 28, 2012
Sean Kelly Gallery is delighted to announce SWITCH, an exhibition of new work by Brazilian artist Iran do Espírito Santo. Three new bodies of work are included in the exhibition, all of which extend Espírito Santo’s investigation into the connections between light, form and space. Early employment at a photo laboratory creating white-to-black test strips on photographic paper instilled in the artist a fascination with the transformative properties of light as registered upon a grey scale. The breadth and scope of that ongoing interest is evidenced by the works in SWITCH.
The first gallery contains a new hand-painted, site-specific wall installation, seen for the first time in New York. The installation is part of a series that was originally debuted at the Mercosul Biennial in Brazil in 2009. The second gallery contains an installation of the artist’s recent Globe sculptures. Made from the purest solid white marble available, these sculptures take their shapes from glass light coverings that Espírito Santo has been collecting from around the world for the past few years. The main gallery contains a series of reflective “folded” glass sculptures, in which one section of glass is leaned against the wall, abutted against another section placed onto the floor; as such, the glass appears to be bent in half. The architectural glass used for these works was manufactured in Brazil and comprises a layer of reflective coating sandwiched between two layers of clear glass, which allows the surface of the work to be simultaneously partially transparent and reflective.
Espírito Santo has exhibited extensively in museums worldwide, including MoMA and the Guggenheim, New York.
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