Durban Segnini Gallery
cordially invites you to
the opening reception of

Again For The First Time,
Contemporary Remakings of Abstraction

Curated by Rina Carvajal 

Monday, November 30th, 7 – 10 pm

3072 SW 38th Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33146
gallery@durbansegnini.com
www.durbansegnini.com

Parking available

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Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, Art Piece No.19, 2013 Cardboard, paper, inkjet print, acrylic, aluminium grid, red plastic sheet, MDF., 48,5 x 60,5 x 31,8 cm
Gabriel Acevedo Velarde, Art Piece No.19, 2013
Cardboard, paper, inkjet print, acrylic, aluminium grid, red plastic sheet, MDF., 48,5 x 60,5 x 31,8 cm
Artists in the exhibition: Gabriel Acevedo Velarde (Lima, 1976), Carla Chaim (São Paulo, 1983), Andre Komatsu (São Paulo, 1978), Daniel Medina (Caracas, 1978), Jorge Pedro Núñez (Caracas, 1976), Nicolás Robbio (Mar del Plata, 1975), and Francisco Ugarte (Guadalajara, Mexico, 1973).

 

Durban Segnini Gallery is pleased to present Again for the First Time: Contemporary Remakings of Abstraction. The first of two international group exhibitions guest-curated by Rina Carvajal, it examines the reconfiguration and contextualization of abstraction in recent artistic practices. Aiming to reassess abstract art’s critical role as aesthetic idiom, perceptual process, and research form, this project considers how abstraction’s constant re-makings keep it crucial, a strategy to think contemporary culture and to incite ongoing critical dialogues with everyday reality.

 

Nicolás Robbio, Geometría Accidental (Accidental Geometry), 2008 Video Projection, Loop - 3’23’’, Private Collection.
Nicolás Robbio, Geometría Accidental (Accidental Geometry), 2008
Video Projection, Loop – 3’23’’, Private Collection.

 

Abstraction has resurged in the practices of a younger generation of artists, and it continues to defy categorization. It remains a dynamic, open-ended, and self-reflective process that expands upon its history, generating new aesthetic and conceptual frameworks. As technological, financial, and geopolitical systems increasingly structure the world, life itself seems to become more and more abstract, and daily experience generates new ways and forms of looking and thinking about abstraction. Artists have responded to the specific conditions of the present and the particular impact that the prevalence of abstract experience now has in the world. They use the language of abstraction to translate perceptions and relationships with social, political, and spiritual conditions of their time.

 

Daniel Medina, Dispositivo Cinético Social II (Socio-Kinetic Device II), 2015
Mixed media on wall, Dimensions variable
Daniel Medina, Dispositivo Cinético Social II (Socio-Kinetic Device II), 2015.

Mixed media on wall, Dimensions variable

 

Connecting several of abstraction’s ever-changing trajectories, this exhibition brings together the work of seven contemporary artists who take divergent conceptual approaches to geometric abstract art. Their artistic concerns, strategies, and attitudes to form cut across various sociopolitical and aesthetic contexts. Their engagement with abstraction evince revitalized and unconventional relationships to materials and processes; aware of the structure of the present, they respond to their particular insights and experiences. Created in a variety of media and formats that range from painting, sculpture, drawing, and collage to video, performance, light art, and installation, their work generates new meanings and relationships with reality. The heterogeneity and complexity of their practices continue to produce new emphases and thematics tied to both modernist histories and the always shifting contingencies of contemporary life.

 

About the Curator
A curator and critic based in Miami, Rina Carvajal recently organized exhibitions in São Paulo for the Instituto de Arte Contemporânea (IAC) and the Pinacoteca do Estado, and in Rio de Janeiro for the Instituto Moreira Salles. Previously, she was Adjunct Curator at the Miami Art Museum, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Miami Art Central, and Executive Director of the Mason Gross Art Galleries, Rutgers University. She was a co-curator of both the 2010 and 1998 Bienal de São Paulo.


About Durban Segnini Gallery

Cesar Segnini, director and owner, founded Durban Segnini Gallery in Caracas, Venezuela in 1970 and in Miami in 1992. The gallery specializes in contemporary painting and sculpture with particular emphasis in artists who have worked with abstract expressionism, abstraction, constructivism, geometric and kinetic art. Simultaneously, the Gallery strives to promote and diffuse new artistic values as well as the historical vanguards that have influenced them. Since 1992 exhibitions are open to the public all year round in the gallery in Miami, Florida. Worldwide, Durban Segnini Gallery is known for its expertise in such areas as the integration of artworks to architectural spaces as well as for its customized consultant services to private collections.


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