Elias Crespin - Parallels
This is the first gallery solo exhibition of kinetic sculpture by Elias Crespin, with seven new suspended sculptures moving in space that create ethereal shadows.
Crespin's work consists of articulated and interconnected elements of metal or acrylic in geometric forms: circles, squares, and lines suspended from near invisible nylon threads.
These suspended elements move through the air, powered by the unseen rotations of hundreds of tiny motors in a choreography controlled by software of Crespin's creation, started with the click of an iphone or ipad.
We invite you to view Crespin's sculpture first hand.
An exhibition catalogue with essay by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill is available.
Robert C. Morgan Review - Courtesy of World Sculpture News, Volume 18, Number 2, © 2012
Claire Breukel Review - Courtesy of Arte al Dia International Magazine. Issue 140 September-November 2012
Harper Montgomery Review - Courtesy of Art Nexus Magazine, Number 86, Volume 11, 2012
b. 1965, Caracas, Venezuela – lives in Paris, France since 2008
The child of mathematicians, Elias Crespin frequently visited the studio of his grandmother, the artist Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt), and her partner, the artist and designer Gerd Leufert. During this time, the young Crespin was encouraged to experiment with different materials. His technical inclinations led him to study Computer Science at Venezuela's Universidad Central in Caracas, where he delved into the fields of mathematics and topographical formulas. After working for various software companies, he decided to dedicate his skills to art making.
Crespin constantly applies new technological methods towards his artistic production, bridging the gap between technology and art. His installations consist of arrangements of hand-made elements in various geometric forms, which are suspended in midair by nearly invisible nylon threads. Through computer programs of custom software-controlled motors designed by the artist himself, his pieces constantly shift and mutate, producing highly nuanced choreographic effects, which make them appear to dance in the air as they adopt and morph into new forms and patterns. Crespin’s work questions the concepts of form, space, movement, and time, and is often associated with the study of color, light, shadow, and the experimentation of different materials and textures.
Since 2004, the artist’s pieces have been exhibited in many international institutions and venues such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH); Maison de l’Amérique Latine, Paris; Grand Palais, Paris; Galerie Denise René, Paris; Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris; Boghossian Foundation, Brussels; Das Kleine Museum, Weissenstadt, Germany; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich; Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas; and Fundación Sala Mendoza, Caracas, amongst others.
Crespin's artworks are included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH); Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection (CIFO), Miami; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires; Das Kleine Museum, Weissenstadt, Germany, as well as numerous other prestigious private collections.
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