Iván Navarro, ‘Street Lamp I’, 2011, Baró Galeria

About Iván Navarro

Recognized for his suggestive use of fluorescent lights, Iván Navarro makes works rich in both art-historical and social references. Though his use of light bulbs invites comparison to Minimalism, particularly the art of Dan Flavin, Navarro’s work is conceptually quite different. He uses industrial materials to represent recognizable subjects, as with Armory Fence (2011), where he constructs a picket fence with white fluorescent tubing, calling critical attention to the object that has come to epitomize an idealized suburban lifestyle.

Chilean, b. 1972, Santiago, Chile, based in New York, New York

About Courtney Smith

As a result of migrating to Brazil from France in the 1980s, Courtney Smith developed a fascination with mobility and furniture—particularly that the French word meuble and Portuguese mobilário allude to both ideas—which would preoccupy her practice in the following decades. Smith is best known for her deconstructed furniture sculptures, in which she cuts apart furnishings and sutures them with hinges such that they can be collapsed or rearranged into several different shapes. She calls the works “manipulable pieces […] or ‘construction kits’ to be endlessly reconfigured.” The earliest of these were made using antique Brazilian bedroom pieces; in more recent works, Smith has cut up furniture into building blocks for creating new functional items and combined blocks from different pieces into hybrid forms.

French, b. 1966, Paris, France, based in New York, New York

Group Shows

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