“The natural evolution of sculpture is oriented towards the immaterial.” Under this premise, the Venezuelan artist Carlos Medina presents Essential, an innovative proposal in the spaces of Ascaso Gallery, located in Wynwood, Miami’s art district.
Next Friday February 12 from 6:30 pm the American public will be able to enjoy an individual show displaying the recent work of this consecrated sculptor of abstract-geometric orientation which will certainly impact the whole attendance. A total of twenty-two pieces, including assemblies, surfaces and spatial interventions will occupy the walls of Miami’s multifaceted exposition space for two months, under the curator ship of architect Mauricio Alfonzo.
Carol Damian, an outstanding art researcher and professor at Florida International University, states in the catalog issued on the occasion that “There has long been the Minimalist conviction that purist, abstract painting “wanted” to become sculpture and move off the walls, and Medina has followed this trajectory throughout a career that constantly explores the formal aspects of art production, never afraid to make changes and move beyond the expected. Among his latest experiments, there are “ensembles” that use layers of canvas, plastic and aluminum in remarkable ways, defying a sense of solidity as they literally “curl” off their backgrounds, and playing with the stability thought to be intrinsic in two-dimensional works. He is constantly using a variety of materials and expressive methods to carry his experiments with plane and surface to create new spatial constructs and interactions."
Doctor Bélgica Rodríguez, a prominent specialist in Latin American art and connoisseur of the work of this remarkable artist, points out that “Medina’s investigative curiosity and reflexive need have led him to develop unconventional techniques and to master the use of equally unconventional materials, allowing him to carry out a sculptural work which on the one hand follows formalist codes, while on the other places itself simultaneously between volumetric, planimetric and spatial criteria. In consequence, his atelier can alternatively become a blacksmith’s workshop, a carpentry, a laser laboratory and a sort of refinery to work with PVC sheets, expansible polyurethane, aluminum, stainless steel, brass, nylon lattices or threads, liquid silicone, paper, finely-gauged rods of different materials and thicknesses and/or siliceous sands which, according to the leading “idea,” can be found in pieces developed with laser techniques, router, water jet cutting machine, iron rolling, CNC lathe, or oxide-derived patinas. More traditional methods, such as welding and carving, drive him toward iron, marble, granite or steel sculptures…” which he has exhaustingly worked for many years after his first individual exposition at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas in 1975, entitled “Spatial geometric abstractions.”
About Ascaso Gallery
With a quarter century history in Caracas and Valencia, Ascaso Gallery opened its doors in Miami to extend its rich exhibition program and offer professional specialized art consulting services to South Floridians and other US clients.
The gallery’s impeccable status in the international fine art community is backed by experience, expertise, expanding market and its selection of the leading names of Venezuelan and Latin American masters. Antonio and Limari Ramirez de Ascaso have given their support to public art projects and publication of serious catalogues and books making a priority to contribute scholarly thinking and writing on Latin American art history. Ascaso Gallery is a constant presence in the most prestigious art fairs worldwide.