From Single to Multiples. Geometric Abstraction in the Work of Six Masters.

The summer exhibition at Biscayne Art House brings together works of six of the most outstanding Geometric Abstract and Op Art’s widely renowned artists from around the globe, reflecting the diversity of streams used by them since the 1940’s up to date.

From Singles to Multiples showcases two generations of artists and a variety of approaches into abstractionism, while exploring the complexities and issues that have been milestones, giving samples of the multiplicity of formal and theoretical practices, emphasizing on the role of movement, color and geometry into art.

Yaacob Agam (Jerusalem, Israel, 1928), Jesús Soto (Ciudad Bolívar, Venezuela, 1928), Carlos Cruz-Diez (Caracas, Venezuela, 1923), Víctor Valera (Maracaibo, Venezuela, 1927) and their younger counterparts, Saverio Cecere (Avellino, Italy 1951) and Jorge Jaramillo (Medellin, Colombia, 1963) are within the most outstanding artists in abstractionism and optical art.  In all works exhibited, the use of geometry and the illusion of movement are key to keep the door opened by artists such as Malevich, Kandinsky or Van Doesburg, among others, who began in the early 20th century to stress the need to reject figurative practices, and to think instead about the pictoric plane, the phenomena of perception, and the non objective approach to art making.

The works on view at From Singles to Multiples show works on paper as well as both single pieces and multiple editions, that experiment with the use of colors, patterns, juxtapositions and tensions between elements in the pictoric plane, to produce a visual experience related to how we perceive things through. Some of our artists, such as worldwide recognized master and researcher of color behavior Carlos Cruz-Diez, who is by far the most important Venezuelan artist alive; constructivist sculptor and painter Víctor Valera, who was the first artist in Venezuela to use iron in his sculptures, and Colombian Jorge Jaramillo, recognized by his study on the optical effects of the line with specific color pallets, all work directly in relation to the synergy of shapes and color, their contrasts, and the interactions and movements generated between them. Others, such as master Jesús Soto, who is worldly recognized for his public spaces interactive Penetrables and his thorough research on line and movement, as well as the father of Kinetic art, Yaacob Agam, who was mainly concerned on the physical interaction between shapes and movement in relation with the spectator, and Madi Group member Saverio Cecere, who’s work instead deal with the complexities and illusions of movement to create tensions between neighboring areas, creating a perceptive challenge to the viewer.

From Singles to Multiples emphasizes on the dialogue between the works of master artists who, despite geographies and time, are related in their passion, research and profound dedication to the study of perception, line, color and ultimately abstraction as a common ground.

Amalia Caputo

Art critic | Curator