JULIO LARRAZ , Exhibition Ascaso Gallery , 5/2024 from VIVE miami news on Vimeo. Approaching Julio’s impending 80th milestone, it became evident that a commemorative event of extraordinary magnitude was warranted; a celebration befitting his illustrious career, one that honors the tapestry of his past achievements while embracing the vibrant canvas of his present endeavors. What strikes observers as truly remarkable is Julio’s unwavering dedication to numerous concurrent projects, a testament to the inexhaustible wellspring of energy that propels his artistic journey. His passion for sculpting continues to burgeon, as evidenced by his collaboration with the esteemed Fonderia Artistica Versiliese Foundry in Italy. There, he unveiled the monumental masterpieces “Space Station” in Pietrasanta and “Valle Marineris” in Viareggio. Upon his return to the serene confines of his Miami studio, Julio seamlessly transitioned into the creation of yet another captivating sculpture, a testament to his relentless pursuit of artistic expression. This verve seamlessly extends into his exploration of the painted canvas. Opting to push the boundaries of conventional artistic dimensions, Julio embarked on a daring experimentation with larger formats. It is through these expansive canvases that he endeavors to imbue his subjects with a newfound grandeur, offering viewers a panoramic vista of his creative prowess. Witnessing Julio meticulously prepare, contemplate, and ultimately execute these monumental compositions is a fleeting yet unforgettable experience that underscores his unyielding commitment to artistic evolution. At the venerable age of 80, Julio Larraz finds himself standing at the precipice of a new frontier, a juncture where the essence of his being, his very essence, is encapsulated within the monumental sculptures and paintings he creates. They are not merely artistic manifestations but living testaments to Julio’s indomitable spirit, ever-forward, ever-dreaming, ever-demanding freedom. His resolute refusal to acquiesce to the passage of time is awe-inspiring, a beacon of inspiration for all who are privileged to inhabit his world. As we reflect on Julio’s extraordinary life and career, we are reminded of the profound impact he continues to wield upon the artistic landscape. His insatiable thirst to explore the boundless expanse of his dreams and visions remains undiminished, undeterred by the encroaching shadows of age or the inevitable toll of physical exertion. His unwavering resolve, his relentless work ethic, serves as a guiding light for those who rally behind him, propelling him forward on his artistic odyssey. The forthcoming exhibition stands as a testament to Julio’s enduring legacy, a celebration of his life’s work meticulously curated to traverse the galleries that have served as custodians of his vision. It is a collective homage to Julio Larraz’s “magnum opus,” a symphony of artistic brilliance orchestrated by a maestro at the zenith of his creative powers. To the galleries that have steadfastly supported Julio throughout his illustrious journey, we extend our heartfelt gratitude.Your unwavering dedication has made this momentous occasion possible, allowing us to share Julio’s transcendent vision with the world. Ariel Larraz

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PHOTOGRAPHY Don Queralto
La obra de Carlos Medina puede leerse como un símil del camino que ha transitado la humanidad para entender su propia existencia y el lugar que ocupa dentro del complejo cosmos que habita. Desde muy temprano, su capacidad de observación y análisis del entorno, así como el reconocimiento de la naturaleza como una fuente primaria de experiencias, lo han conducido a indagar en las capacidades de los materiales para producir logos, ideas que, partiendo de cierto impulso corpóreo, hacen de esa fuente iniciática una extensión del pensamiento poético, mediado por el profundo conocimiento técnico que como artista ha cultivado para aprehender las propiedades físicas de los materiales y las técnicas para abordarlos. En esta búsqueda, ha desarrollado singulares formas volumétricas y gráficas a partir de elementos claves, como las hojas de limón, las gotas de lluvia cayendo y ciertas partículas subatómicas de masa inaprensible a las que la ciencia denomina neutrinos, las cuales abstrae en formas y elementos geométricos para formar volúmenes que aprovechan la riqueza expresiva de los materiales, sus propios códigos plásticos y significantes. Paulatinamente, el artista ha ido privilegiando el espacio que esos volúmenes ocupan e intervienen por sobre la propia escultura, incorporando resoluciones cada vez más instalativas para las cuales los materiales, muchos de ellos de origen industrial, son seleccionados no por su nobleza sino por la plasticidad con la que hacen visible el propio espacio, lo que ocupa el interior de la materia y la geometría que subyace en ella, interesado como está en la posibilidad de hacer cada vez más virtuales esos volúmenes iniciales y disolverlos hasta un “grado cero” de su materialidad. La transición es el resultado de casi cinco décadas de búsquedas, experimentando con las cualidades de la escultura hasta producir un universo de volúmenes extensísimo, materiales e intangibles, que son prolongaciones de su imaginación y trabajo. La contundencia de estos cuerpos geométricos hace que reverberan en nuestra memoria, activando esas imágenes primarias, arquetipales tal vez, que nos confrontan desde una conciencia poética y filosófica profunda con el mundo natural y el misterio alquímico que transforma la materia, haciendo maleable lo que debiera ser rígido, firme lo que parece usualmente líquido, e incorpóreo lo que antes fue concreto. Este proceso responde a una de las grandes transformaciones de nuestro tiempo, y tiene que ver con el modo en que nos conectamos con lo que nos rodea y los modos en que ello ha ido mutando, aproximándonos cada vez más a la desmaterialización de la realidad física tangible en procura de la construcción de universos inmateriales, fundados en el espacio digital y las realidades alternas que de esto se derivan. En las series más recientes, Medina ha logrado no solo generar volumen en el vacío, espacios dentro del espacio, circulaciones, vectores, tramas y vibraciones fugaces que inquietan el ojo e incluso lo confunden con nuevas correspondencias entre la masa y su entorno; sino que, simultáneamente, ha fijado la atención en un recurso que agrega y subraya la inestabilidad de la materia, su posibilidad de ser y también su disolución. Al incorporar la sombra como prolongación inaprensible de los volúmenes en el espacio, el objetivo ha sido llevar un paso más allá su interés en alivianar la materia de los cuerpos, convirtiéndolos ahora en leves presencias que se sostienen sobre la naturaleza ingrávida de la luz, multiplicando y ampliando los rastros corpóreos de la materia inicial que ahora se proyecta, multiplicada, en el espacio. Así, la escultura se ve despojada de cualquier rasgo o peso matérico, privilegiando la relación que su nueva presencia puede establecer entre el espectador y el espacio mismo, intermediado no ya por materiales sólidos sino por la construcción de volúmenes aparentes. Las posibilidades a partir de este punto parecen ser infinitas, pues el peso de la labor ya no descansa en la contundencia del hierro, la madera o cualquier otro material denso, sino en la proyección ampliada que ciertos cuerpos puedan ganar, abarcando el campo circundante gracias a uno o varios haces de luz estratégicamente dirigidos para sumergir al espectador en la experiencia de una realidad sensorialmente virtual, elevando la obra a un estadio por encima de la existencia puramente física.  

Richard Aranguren

  Salas     Fotos: Antolín Sánchez
Ascaso Gallery presents: Jordan Tran aka Kean: Endless Light Ascaso Gallery is pleased to announce Endless Light, an exhibition of evocative, luminous abstract paintings by Jordan Tran, opening April 6. Self-taught painter Jordan Tran, also known as Kean, was born in France in 1988, and began his artistic explorations embellishing the urban backdrop as a graffiti writer. Increasingly drawn toward the colorful gradients he would create as backgrounds for his lettering, he gradually transitioned from spraying aerosol paint on city walls to working in studio with acrylic and canvas. Dreamlike landscapes that inspire the viewer to contemplation and daydream, his vibrant paintings are an invitation to escape reality, go roaming, or simply gaze outwards in reverie through the windows and portholes he opens onto unexplored horizons. Working in the tradition of American Color Field painters such as Mark Rothko, and drawing comparisons to the California Light and Space movement typified by installation artist James Turrell, he brings to his work a remarkable discipline and precision that he applies to his singular technique for painting color gradients that realize our perception of light and space and insinuate the optical phenomenon of iridescence. He works his large canvases with meticulous care, superimposing layer after layer of color with small rollers and then blending with expansive gestures using wide spalter brushes. “This long and patient elaboration gives density to the landscape abstractions, which evoke here the deep blue of a night sky, there the orange-yellows of the burning summer sun, elsewhere the pink light appearing at daybreak,” he says. Another influence is photography—and indeed, many of his paintings are reminiscent of the radiant large-format skies captured by landscape photographer Richard Misrach. Tran borrows from photography the notion of the golden ratio, dividing the canvas into thirds and placing the transition phase of his gradient in that balance. An avid fly fisherman—an art best enjoyed in the sublime light of dawn and at the golden hour before sunset—his greatest motivator is his own reverent experience of the outdoors. “Through my travel, my photographs, what inspires me most is really nature—the lights that we find in the skies.” Conveying his strong emotions about the sublimity of nature and our perpetual search for balance and serenity in the modern world, Tran challenges the viewer to contemplate and become lost in the formal simplicity of his distant incandescent horizons and within them, perhaps find transcendence. Over the past seven years, he has held nine solo shows in Paris, Brussels, Strasbourg, Shanghai and Miami. He lives and works in the industrial city of Mulhouse in eastern France.    

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Ascaso Gallery is please to announce «Vibración Pura», a solo exhibition by Jesús Rafael Soto. Download Catalog Jesús Rafael Soto is one of the most important and influential figures in kinetic art. During his transformative trajectory, he experimented with form, space and matter. His experimental avant-garde was guided by a particular conception of abstraction, whose purpose was to bring the work of art closer to the viewer. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jesús Rafael Soto, whose importance in the constitution of the avant-garde during the 20th century is central and decisive. In commemoration of the centenary of his birth, and in collaboration with the Atelier Soto in Paris and fundación Soto in Caracas, we organized this exhibition. This is the first solo exhibition of the historic kinetic artist in our Miami space and the fifth solo show of him since the establishment of the gallery in 1989. This exhibition brings together a selection of works from 1951-2004. Which cover several periods on the development of the artist’s plastic research. Exhibition details: Opening reception Thursday, November 30th from 6-10 pm. The exhibition runs until February 29th, 2024.  
Jesús Soto, exposición “Bewogen Beweging”, Museo Stedelijk, Ámsterdam, Países Bajos, 1961Foto: Atelier Cruz-Diez Paris | Carlos Cruz-Diez © Carlos Cruz-Diez | Bridgeman Images 2023

Jesús Soto, exposición “Bewogen Beweging”, Museo Stedelijk, Ámsterdam, Países Bajos, 1961 Foto: Atelier Cruz-Diez Paris | Carlos Cruz-Diez © Carlos Cruz-Diez | Bridgeman Images 2023

 
Soto, 1957. Photo Paolo Gasparini © Archives Soto

Soto, 1957. Photo Paolo Gasparini © Archives Soto

 
Exposición DOS MIL. Galería de Arte Ascaso, Valencia. Junio-septiembre 2000

Exposición DOS MIL. Galería de Arte Ascaso, Valencia. Junio-septiembre 2000

 
Exposición DOS MIL. Galería de Arte Ascaso, ValenciaJunio-septiembre 2000

Exposición DOS MIL. Galería de Arte Ascaso, Valencia. Junio-septiembre 2000

   

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UNTITLED (COMPOSITION DYNAMIQUE)1951 83 x 67 x 2 cm | 32.6 x 26.3 x 0.7 in. Photo David Bordes © Archives Soto

UNTITLED (COMPOSITION DYNAMIQUE)1951. 83 x 67 x 2 cm | 32.6 x 26.3 x 0.7 in. Photo David Bordes © Archives Soto

 
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MATERIA Y VIBRACIÓN, 1960
90 x 90 x 15 cm | 35.4 x 35.4 x 5.9 in.
Photo David Bordes © Archives Soto

 
UNO A LA IZQUIERDA1969 140 x 107 x 16 cm | 55.1 x 42.1 x 6.2 in. Photo David Bordes © Archives Soto

UNO A LA IZQUIERDA, 1969                                                      140 x 107 x 16 cm | 55.1 x 42.1 x 6.2 in.                                  Photo David Bordes © Archives Soto

 
BANDAS NEGRA Y VERDE, 1974 202 x 143 x 41 cm | 79.5 x 56.2 x 16.1 in. Photo David Bordes © Archives Soto

BANDAS NEGRA Y VERDE, 1974                                                           202 x 143 x 41 cm | 79.5 x 56.2 x 16.1 in.                                       Photo David Bordes © Archives Soto

 
1 Carrés violet et vert avec Tes 1989 photo D. Bordes

CARRÉS VIOLET ET VERT AVEC TES, 1989
203 x 203 x 17 cm | 79.9 x 79.9 x 6.6 in.
Photo David Bordes
© Archives Soto

   
SPHÈRE CONCORDE1996 257 x 184 x 184 cm | 101.1 x 72.4 x 72.4 in. Photo Alex Oliveira Pequeno © Archives Soto

SPHÈRE CONCORDE 1996. 257 x 184 x 184 cm | 101.1 x 72.4 x 72.4 in. Photo Alex Oliveira Pequeno © Archives Soto

 
PENETRABLE AZUL DE VALENCIA1999 270 x 270 x 870 cm | 106.2 x 106.2 x 342.5 in. Edition Fundación Jesús Soto n°1/1, 2010 Photo © Galería de Arte Ascaso

PENETRABLE AZUL DE VALENCIA 1999. 270 x 270 x 870 cm | 106.2 x 106.2 x 342.5 in. Edition Fundación Jesús Soto n°1/1, 2010 Photo © Galería de Arte Ascaso

 

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Ascaso Gallery is pleased to welcome “We All Shine on,” a solo exhibition by Ha Haengeun. In her recent works, Ha Haengeun is interested in an “instant,” or every instant that ultimately consists of life. Having contemplated the meaning of life, the artist realized that life is instant, yet it is the continuity of every single instant that operates human history. She came to believe that capturing the slightest moment in life is her task as an artist. She observes patiently where and how each capricious instant is headed. This makes it understandable why Ha summons up her childhood memory of magical girl transformations in Japanese anime to paint her works. In magical girl anime, the transformations usually occur in a flash, and the visualization of the transformations often involves countless twinkling lights. These scenes are truly mesmerizing. By bringing the twinkling lights of magical girl transformations onto her canvas, Ha captures the captivating moments, shows their beauty, and offers the experience of ephemera (which is worthwhile) to the audience. As she pursues the change, the moment, and the eternity gained from capturing the instant, Ha realizes that the zeal itself in obtaining them is significant. The zeal of her for the unseen is unusual, as if it won’t run out. The curious figure known as “Old Child,” “Border Rider,” “NaNa,” “Bulyi,” and “HANA” is the result of Ha’s continued research on the unseen. The figure illustrates a newborn baby’s face and an old human’s. For her, it was the closest image of what she could possibly do to depict the unseen. Deepening her research on the unseen, which she has long grappled with to make visible, Ha translates her imagery into more contemporary forms. She once resorted to art historical research, but now, she associates herself with the world today, visual culture today, and activities today. In other words, Ha’s figure has been increasingly interested in her surroundings and the contemporary world. Now, the artist attains “contemporaneity” in her lexicon. In Ha Haengeun’s work, light is essential. She observes its brightness and fleeting nature and interprets it into an artistic language of her own. Thus, light exists whether it is visually present or not; it transmits her humanlike figure to the world. It guides the figure to hope and freedom. Also, light brightens its surroundings; ambiguity disappears, and clarity arises. Although light has played a part or two in her earlier works, the presence of light in the works at this exhibition is unparalleled. Light demonstrates the artist’s will to catch the unseen and keep envisioning complete freedom. Sourced from a subtitle of a John Lennon song (i.e., Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)) that addresses Lennon’s message of unity and hope, the exhibition title “We All Shine on” is designed to brighten up all of us human beings. This is an invitation to celebrate each one of us, saying, “We all shine on!” Eunji Seong  
About the artist: Ha Haengeun was born in Jindo, South Korea in 1985. She received her BFA from Hongik University. After her first solo exhibition in Korea in 2010, her work has been shown in exhibitions worldwide, including in Korea (Seoul, Busan, Daegu, etc.), Austria (Millstatt), Germany (Karlsruhe, Cologne, and Frankfurt), France (Paris and Marseille), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Japan (Tokyo and Fukuoka), United Kingdom (London), USA (Hawaii, Los Angeles, and Portland), Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Spain (Menorca). Through the disturbing beauty of her curious humanlike character, Ha expresses her questions about life, art, nature, human(ity), and self. Light has been a way to explore these issues and helped her find the great things in life — love, hope, and freedom. Currently, she lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.
 
“Mr. and Mrs.” exhibition, a nostalgic tribute to the universal essence of the human spirit. Step into a world that embraces the everlasting presence of our inner child, reminding us of the timeless aspects that shape our lives. This captivating journey invites you to reflect on the enduring qualities that reside within us, transcending the ever-changing landscape of our experiences. Discover the profound connection we share as we navigate life’s challenges and cherish treasured memories. Join us as we celebrate the enduring spirit that unites us all.