Peruvian-born artist Aldo Chaparro will install a series of new site-specific indoor and outdoor sculptural installations at Amastan Paris from 1st March – 25th March 2017, as part of a collaboration between Amastan Paris and PEANA Projects.
With its philosophy of collaboration and dedication to showcasing creative talents from around the world, Amastan Paris is an ideal partner for PEANA, known for its own collaborative and international programming. It is also suitable that Chaparro, an artist living and working across three continents, would make of Amastan Paris his temporary home as well.
In Amastan’s project space, Chaparro will create three upright sculptures, each coated in a layer of white plaster, whose zigzagging forms recall those of carved wooden totems. The elegant simplicity of these monolithic geometric forms parallels the pristine architecture of the space, while their subtle irregularities direct the viewer’s attention to texture and to shadow. Around these works, Chaparro will position a number of neon lights, the casual arrangement of which contrasts with the more robust presence of the surrounding totems. The resulting light bounces off their plastered wooden surfaces, drawing out minute variations in grain and hue.
In the central garden, a silver, wall-mounted sculpture acts as a portrait of Chaparro’s involved and intimate creative process. Starting with prefabricated sheets of steel, Chaparro uses the weight of his own body to bend and twist the metal, resulting in a unique form. Above the patio, Chaparro will install a woven canopy of pink electroluminescent wires. This canopy is then reflected in the warbled surface of the steel sculpture, drawing further attention to the former’s blushing light.
A contemporary art gallery and exhibition platform, PEANA Projects employs a dynamic curatorial model that fosters artistic collaboration and innovation akin to Amastan Paris’s own philosophy. Through nomadic, site-specific projects held in non-traditional art spaces, PEANA aims to increase access to Latin American contemporary art globally, having previously organized exhibitions in both the United States and Mexico. The collaboration with Amastan Paris, PEANA’s first within Europe, sees acclaimed Peruvian artist Aldo Chaparro fill the Amastan's project space and central garden with two sculptural light installations, providing a unique and intimate experience of Latin American contemporary art for the Amastan's guests.
Amastan’s founder, Zied Sanhaji, says “We are very excited to welcome Aldo who has taken this collaboration at heart and look forward to making Amastan his new home in the city of lights.”
Aldo Chaparro (b. 1965, Lima, Perú) is among the most collected Peruvian contemporary artists working today, his artwork represented in numerous private collections across the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Having previously undertaken site-specific projects in a number of distinctive locations—such as the Salt Cathedral in Zipaquirá, Colombia; Santa Clara Church, Spain; and Palazzo Pamphilj in Rome, Italy; Cenote in Tulum, Mexico.
Aldo Chaparro lives and works between Mexico City, Madrid, Lima, and New York. Recent solo exhibitions include Purple, Art & Public Cabinet PH, Switzerland (2015); NaCL(í), Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá, Galeria Nueve Ochenta, Bogotá, Colombia (2014); Approaching Silence, FIFI Projects, San Pedro, Garza-Garcia, Mexico (2013); Portal, Santa Clara Church, Bogotá, Colombia (2013); and an intervention at Palazzo Pamphilj, Rome, Italy (2013). His work is represented in the collection of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, as well as numerous other private collections, including the Jumex Foundation, the Coppel Collection, the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, and the Helga de Alvear Foundation. He is the editorial director of Celese Editorial Group.
PEANA Projects is an exhibition platform committed to the furthering of social and cultural engagement with Latin American contemporary art globally and the promotion of international artists within the Mexican art market. PEANA organizes site-specific projects in New York and Europe, while also maintaining a permanent gallery space in Monterrey, Mexico. Through its adaptable curatorial model and diverse programming, PEANA seeks to facilitate a both material and conceptual exchange between these regions and their respective local artistic communities.
Upcoming projects by PEANA include two special collaborations with MATTE Projects: BLACK MX City, featuring the work of Aldo Chaparro, Pablo Davila, and Paolo Montiel (March 4 - 5, 2017) and BLACK NY, featuring the work of Hubert Dobler, Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan, and Paolo Montiel (April 8 - 9, 2017). Also forthcoming is a solo exhibition of artists/architects Tezontle at the permanent gallery space in Monterrey, Mexico (March 23 - April 27, 2017) and a site-specific installation by Austrian artist Alois Kronschlaeger at Tadao Ando’s Gate of Creation (September 27, 2017).