The Ventoso collective, comprised of Abel, Héctor and Jorge, exhibits in this its second solo show at the gallery, a collection of reliefs and sculptures that synthetize what their work has been during the decade they have collaborated as a team. Abel, an architect, along with Héctor and Jorge, engineers by profession, artists by vocation, think of every piece they work on as a challenge, developing tri dimensional dynamic reliefs that have become, over time, more and more sculptural. Visceral Geometry comprises fifteen unique piece, in which every work deals with pattern manipulations, shapes and materials that explore their interest in optics and geometry, as well as issues of expressive forces, imaginary cities, urbanism and future spaces.
The work of Ventoso is rooted in a long tradition of Geometric Abstraction, influenced by the movement that began in the 1940s, a period of economic growth in Latin America, and led by artists such as JoaquínTorres García, Carmelo Arden Quinn and Roth Rothfuss, along with Gyula Kosice, Raúl Lozza and Ennio Iommi, who coined the pivotal ideas and induced the path towards an important tradition in the continent that remains alive today.
Ventoso’s fundamental strategy is to generate unique works that, departing from canons and repetitive shapes, generate the illusion of movement. Equilibrium, light, dynamism, strength, volume, the experience of color, empty and full, duality, and the encounter between opposites, as well as the dialectics of space and visual experience, are just some of the issues that they deal with to explore the idea of movement. Their impeccable pieces suggest transfigurations of the geometric plane by employing traditional shapes such as triangles, circles and squares, that have been manipulated, enlarged or deformed along the surfaces repeatedly in order to create an atmosphere of movement and distortion. Another element that is relevant in their work is light, as every negative space between shapes and forms contains and reflects, thereby making the use of shadows, a most outstanding collaborator to shapes and color, a fundamental component of their oeuvre.
About Art Nouveau Gallery
Art Nouveau Galería 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 Carlos Cruz-Diez, Jesus Rafael Soto, John Henry, Julio Le Parc and Rogelio Polesello, among others. Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, apart from a strong secondary market, represents highly credentialed Latin American Geometric Abstraction artists such as Rafael Barrios, Joao Galvao, Milton Becerra, Hector Ramirez and Abel Ventoso.