"By virtue of the grid, the given work of art is presented as a mere fragment, a tiny piece arbitrarily cropped from a infinitely larger fabric. Thus the grid operates from the work of art outward, compelling our acknowledgement of a world beyond the frame." Rosalind E. Krauss
May 22nd – Aug 21st 2015
m+v ART is pleased to present “Abstracting the Grid”, an exhibition showing side by side the work of Leo Matiz, a master in 20th Century photography, and Ramon Laserna, an emerging contemporary artist, both from Colombia. Through their lenses, the artists explore the infinite possibilities of the grid. Paying close attention to detail on the mechanical structure and the consistency of the grid, they both are able to desynthesize these forms, making their oeuvre a pure abstraction of its original being and giving it a new identity.
This group of works shows that both artists investigate a photographic journey by exploring repetitive lines and patterns in their surroundings. Matiz, being a Modernist, proposes in his compositions these experimentations of the real world versus his thoughts, documenting a play of forms he finds in nature - whether it is in palm trees or industrial structures, he is able to find within these larger objects the geometrical elements and mathematical forms that challenge his mind.
Laserna brings a contemporary approach to his urban surroundings, that stems from a series of lines covering vertical, horizontal and diagonal planes-the geometry of the everyday. It is his reinterpretation of objects that become invisible in the urban landscape-sewer drains, air ducts, construction materials, that forces us to acknowledge these forgotten elements and the transformation of inanimate to animate by means of his lens. Thus, his photography becomes a testimony to what is taken for granted, obligating us to see what is overlooked in a quotidian environment. They are, in effect, signs that remind us that we are constituted by what we ignore.