09 February 2006
Jaime Gili Makes Things Triangular at Riflemaker
Here are details of a new show by exciting talent Jaime Gili at riflemaker
Tuesday February 7 - Friday March 31st, 2006
For his first solo exhibition at Riflemaker, Venezuelan artist Jaime Gili will be making things triangular. In October 2005 Gili caused a sensation when he converted the window displays of Selfridges, Oxford Street with 700,000 of his triangular, optically ambiguous star clusters and powerful black and white exploding icicles.
At Riflemaker, Gili has created an installation of individual paintings and offset prints which will transform the interior perspective on the ground floor of the 18th c riflemaker’s workshop with these trademark configurations of optically distorted triangular compressions.
Taken from a new series entitled Alma, the canvases draw on the history of op art in Venezuela, following the artist’s interest in peripheral modernist movements and the work of specific artists from a rich 20thc tradition in that country, particularly Carlos Cruz-Diez and Alejandro Otero.
In another room, Gili shows an assemblage, Filosofía del Entendimiento, as an homage to them. The work is made up of fragments from a mosaic which was part of a large urban intervention entitled Fisicromía - homenaje a Andres Bello , by Carlos Cruz Diez. Gili found these broken pieces on the ground of the site where this important public sculpture once stood. Like many other urban art works in Caracas, it has been scavenged in recent years by looters for the recycling of its metallic parts. Alongside this new assemblage will be a series of images showing the damage done to some other works from Venezuela’s post-1950’s tradition of public art.
Riflemaker is also pleased to present TIPOS MOVILES, two series of posters printed on a Victorian letterpress in Argentina by UK and Venezuelan artists. The series has been produced over the last two years by Luis Romero and Jaime Gili and exhibited throughout the Americas and Europe. Artists featured include: Tomoko Takahashi, Bob and Roberta Smith, Mustafa Hulusi, Inventory, Mark Titchner, Carlos Zerpa and Antonieta Sosa.