We very much look forward to participating in ARCO Madrid from February 24 – 28 this year. We will be exhibiting the work of Eugenio Dittborn (b. 1943 Santiago de Chile) and Robert Kinmont (b. 1937 Los Angeles) in the special 35th Anniversary section of the fair.
Eugenio Dittborn’s ‘airmail paintings’ have been circulating the globe since the 80s. Folded and mailed in specially designed envelopes, they were first executed in 1983 on brown Kraft wrapping paper, a material he later replaced with a non-woven fabric before selecting cotton duck as the support structure. Using tincture, silkscreen and embroidery the artist has transferred, reproduced, painted and collaged images drawn from newspapers and magazines published in Chile over the past fifty years as well as journals of criminology, anthropology and archaeology. Images of petty criminals from the 30s, mummies from the Andes, Robinson Crusoe on his desert island, a dying boxer at Madison Square Garden appear and reappear as themes in many of his works as the artist processes and re-processes the images in different contexts.
Robert Kinmont’s work is closely associated with the landscape of the Eastern Sierra region of California where he has spent much of his adult life. Snow-capped peaks, pine forests and high desert terrain and the isolation inherent in a life spent in this environment inform his artistic practice. There are four elements which Kinmont considers essential to his artistic language – the conceptual, structural, natural and civic. Utilizing a handmade approach to both photography and sculpture, Kinmont illustrates with irony and humor the human scale and its relationship to one’s surroundings. His work can be divided into two distinct periods: 1965 – 1975 and 2005 to the present. During the intervening 30 year period the artist studied Buddhism and worked as a carpenter.