Luis Gispert creates art through a wide range of media, including photographs, film and sculptures, focusing upon hip-hop, youth culture, and Cuban-American history. Concepts surrounding American culture and the fetishization of value have inspired the artist’s work over the years.
His photograph serie is based on photo montages of vehicles (truck, plane, cars) which have become a symbolized and bling bling version of America today. In his stagings the artist juxtapose two universes; the interior of the vehicle and its surroundings, and creates then a new narration, such as an invisible link between the interior, in which the spectator is stuck, and the exterior, outlet space but inaccessible. The image brings us to a new world, unheimlich, but in which it feels good losing references.
Gispert’s most recent serie are two-dimensional works, comprised of quasi-asphalt slabs embedded with varied strands of gold or silver chains. Densely black planks appear interrupted by channels of delicately metallic line in a nonobjective abstract manner. Some of the abstract patterns are graceful and elegant, while others look like a series of electric currents.
All the pieces are imbued, just as a series of cars he upholstered in fake luxury logos in 2011 were, with a narrative of excess and consumerism.
Luis Gispert was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1972. He has a BFA in film from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL (1996) and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University, New Haven, CT (2001). He has had solo exhibitions at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (2004); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2003 & 2005); and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL (2009). Group exhibitions include the 2002 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY and more recently the America is Art to See show (2015); Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2012) ; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York (2007); Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK (2006); Studio Museum of Harlem, New York, NY (2003) ; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (2002); and Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York, NY (2001). Private collections include Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Preview on Thursday January 14, 2016 from 6pm in presence of the artist
Exhibition January 15 – February 27, 2016
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Catalogue of the exhibition "Between Us and The World" by Luis Gisper(January 15 - February 27, 2016)