and Elizabeth Hazim de Castillo
Art Nouveau Gallery Directors,
are pleased to announce an exhibition of sculptures by Venezuelan artist
that will open on Thursday April 12, 6 â€“ 10
Alberto Cavalieri. Fragmented Knot
in the presence of the artist
Wynwood Arts District
348 NW 29th St.
Miami, FL 33127
305 573 4661
The solo exhibition Fragmented Knot consists of fifteen sculptures and twelve digital drawings continuing Cavalieriâ€™s examination of knots, a recurrent theme in his work. The show will be the first Miami exhibition of recent works selected by the artist that have never before been exhibited. The artist will travel for the exhibition opening vernissage where the catalogue, with an essay by Janet Batet, art writer and curator, will be presented. The show will continue through May 27, 2012.
The Gordian knots of Alberto Cavalieri, essay by Janet Batet
…â€Delving into the universe of Alberto Cavalieri (1969 – ) is always an exciting experience. His totemic sculptures have the gift of evocation and dream. It seems we are witnessing whimsical organic forms, that animated â€“we know not howâ€“ slight rise into the empyrean defying gravity.
However, the graceful forms are in fact massive iron structures of a monumental scale that can weigh up to 1,000 and 1,500 kilos each. Behind the carefree and sinuous appearance of these forms, lies the technical rigor of Alberto Cavalieri, who combines the most sophisticated digital technology along with the most traditional and rudimentary casting techniques, in order to transfigure the earthly in the ethereal.
If there is one trait that could encompass Cavalieriâ€™s entire production it is exactly that polar sense wherein the antithesis is established as the redemptive capacity of man through the creative act.
We witness pieces made of structural materials which abandon their functional and pragmatic character to talk to us through their plasticity. The imposing sculptural colossi defy the laws of physics as if they had been freed from the burden of gravity.
This essential duality: functionality versus afunctionality, heaviness versus lightness is crucial in Cavalieriâ€™s proposal as it seeks to transform our gaze toward the environment. Hence, many of his works acquire the names of deities identified with the natural elements.â€ Janet Batet, art writer
Artist Statement â€œEver since I began making art, Iâ€™ve been interested in the physical and mechanical aspects of objects, as well as the three-dimensional forms they take on in my work. I find sculpture is the best means of resolving and turning the conceptual problems I deal with into tangible forms. I take an intense approach to my work because I want it to be big, both in terms of ambition and actual size. My sculptures are part of a research process in which each work leads on to the next. I work in a variety of different ways and my creative process changes and evolves as I go along.
My work is mainly interested to challenge our physical laws and alter our sense of logic, bending and transforming materials to create the impression that the works are not man-made. I create sinuous, contorting steel forms that outline spaces in an organic way, which knot together easily, can integrate with architecture and that appear to be levitating. I like my works to dialogue with the spaces they inhabit and create out of place rhythms that contrast to the horizontal and vertical ways we order our Cartesian conception of space. To create the sculptures I have had to develop my own techniques and tools and try out different processes that range from hi-tech, numerical control to old fashioned and elementary steelwork.
Metal allows me to create an overriding paradox between matter and form. It enables me to create sinuous forms that are full of life and movement, which contrast diametrically to the rigidity and structure of the steel I use to make them. Knots are one of the abstract forms I use and its multiple symbolisms enrich my work and increase its scope and resonance. Knots imply human activity and they have different symbolic connotations in terms of how they are used, to the point that the connotations could be contradictory and/or ambivalent. Man makes knots to resolve countless functional situations: they are a metaphor for life.â€ Alberto Cavalieri
About Art Nouveau Gallery Art Nouveau Galeria was founded in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1987 by Elizabeth Hazim de Castillo and in 2010 she opened a space in Wynwood, Miami, known as Art Nouveau Gallery with her daughter in law and partner Georgina Chumaceiro. The gallery features modern and contemporary art focused on the geometric abstraction art, widely explored in Latin America, and ranges from emerging and mid-career artists to major historical art figures such as Cruz Diez and JesÃºs Rafael Soto.
These artists have exhibited widely in museums and institutions in Venezuela, but for many mid-career Venezuelan and Colombian artists, Art Nouveau Gallery contributes to achieve international recognition, and they are regularly included in art fairs including Art Miami since 1998, FIA Caracas since 1997 and The Armory Show since 2012.
Art Nouveau Gallery works directly with their artists, coordinating exhibitions in the Venezuela and Miami galleries. Art Nouveau Gallery supports public art projects and publications, such as the Rafael Barrios project, where together with The Park Avenue Fund and the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, Venezuelan artist Barrios will install 9 Sculptures in Park Avenue New York from 50th St to 68th St, from March to June, 2012.