The multicolor, multidimensional sculptures of New York artist Marta Chilindron will be showcased at this fall’s Great Hall Exhibition, EXPAND//FOLD//COLLAPSE, at the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) at New York University.
The multicolor, multidimensional sculptures of New York artist Marta Chilindron will be showcased at this fall’s Great Hall Exhibition, EXPAND//FOLD//COLLAPSE, at the Institute of Fine Arts (IFA) at New York University. Great Hall Exhibitions take place in the expansive great hall of the Duke House, a historic landmark building located at the IFA’s headquarters at 1 East 78th Street in Manhattan. An opening reception with the artist will be held November 4th from 6-8pm.
Embracing the instability of perspective and form, Chilindron (b. 1951, Buenos Aires) creates manipulable sculptures in transparent and colored acrylics. Adapted from such basic geometric shapes as spheres, cubes, and pyramids, her artworks conceal their identity as complex, kinetic constructions. Chilindron’s sculptures are constructed from multiple panels connected by hinges, and charged with transformative potential that, when activated by the viewer, cause the works to expand//fold//collapse.
An heir to international constructivism, Chilindron's artworks recall the influence of such artists as Naum Gabo, Lygia Clark, and Donald Judd. However, to this tradition Chilindron adds her own investigations based on her interest in the dynamism and mutability of life. Controlled by the viewer yet mediated by their constructed forms, her artworks transform shape, shift from the second to the third dimension, and extend and contract into space. These changes underlie the core of her artistic practice, magnified by the chromatic interplay caused by the effects of light.
Providing a dramatic contrast to the ornate interior of the Duke House, seven works by the artist will be on view in the lobby and vestibule of the Institute of Fine Arts. The selected works focus on Chilindron’s engagement with idealized geometric forms. Executed between 2006 and 2014, the works on view showcase the diversity of the artist’s practice and range from table-top objects such as the curvilinear Helix (2011) to her large-scale Cube 48 Orange (2014). This latter work represents Chilindron’s expansion into immersive sculptural environments, and is being shown in New York for the first time since its debut in the Encounters exhibition at Art Basel Hong Kong, held in spring 2014.
For more information about Marta Chilindron and the exhibition, IFA will be publishing a downloadable e-catalog on EXPAND//FOLD//COLLAPSE, featuring a curatorial statement from the 2014-2015 Great Hall Exhibition co-curators, Susanna Temkin and Katherine Wright; an essay on Chilindron’s work by PhD candidate Susanna Temkin; images of Chilindron’s work; and the artist’s chronology. The e-catalog will be available in October and downloadable from the IFA website. The works on view for the Fall 2014 Great Hall Exhibition are courtesy of the artist and the gallery, Cecilia de Torres, Ltd.
The exhibit will run from November 3 through December 5, 2014, with visiting hours open to the public from 1-4 p.m. every Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, visit here.