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.  
    The drive of the human being to understand and represent his environment is as old as his history. From the elaboration of figures of a religious-ritual nature, going through different types of praise for the human body, or purely abstract expressions, three-dimensional representation has combined the ideal with the real-corporeal. For this exhibition, Ascaso Gallery has selected a set of works by internationally recognized artists, who, beyond being of very high quality, have in common the intention of representing and responding to the world of the historical moment that saw them born. In this way, the artists present selected not only different media but, above all, different approaches to the reality that surrounds them. With a range that includes works close to modernity as well as absolutely contemporary pieces, the exhibition gives us the opportunity to appreciate masterpieces by Pedro Barreto, Rafael Barrios, Agustín Cárdenas, Jiménez Deredia, Julio Larraz, Carlos Medina, Juan R. Mejía, Francisco Narváez, Edgard Negret, Jorge Salas, Víctor Valera, Cornelis Zitman. creators and avant-garde artists who bring the expression of the third dimension to dissimilar, varied, sometimes conflicting results, but always undoubtedly authentic and faithful to their time.  

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“fragments” Part extracted or preserved, broken or detached , in this case decontextualized and modified for the adoption of new concepts. A language that Javier Martin has been researching and developing for more than a decade, an extension of his “blindness” concept where he explores through the appropriation of advertising images and icons, apparently perfect symbols of a standard of beauty in contemporary society, deconstructing these images to create a contrast between consumption and technology. In appropriation of fragments, Martin uses the space to create a dialogue between the individual fragments and their collective composition that forms the whole, transforming the gallery into a theater filled with fragments, representing the information overload of our time. A society created of fragments of information driven by advertising, technology and social media, questioning the veracity of what we recognize, through the use of appropriation, cutting, alteration and reflection, accentuating their emptiness; including the viewer in the scene and transforming them into a part of the fragments that invite self-reflection. This exhibition is composed of three different body of works, where we can find a journey that shows the interdisciplinarity of the artist. From the installation Alma, part of the permanent collection of the Seoul Museum, which consists of a cube covered with mirrors where the viewer is reflected through the appropriated images stamped on them and illuminated by neon, a material appropriated by Martin who considered it a form of public writing, unassociated with art, and traditionally associated with popular culture. He invites the viewer to step into a room where he has conceptually removed the walls, replacing them with unlimited light and space. Eliminating the barriers society imposes, which fill our minds with banal and insignificant thoughts, keeping us trapped and unable to realize the potential that exists beyond. In contraposition to the installation, the body of work “CUT” first presented by the artist in Shanghai in 2015, a thought-provoking series that challenges our preconceptions about the power of celebrity and the way we consume media. Creating iconic hand-cut photographs, technique inspired by The Chinese tradition of paper cutting, giving importance to the use of the negative space and the contraposition between wholeness and emptiness. Inspired by the fragments that are remaining from the cut out works, Martin creates the installation that is distributed throughout the gallery, fragments of images that represent remnants, unfinished elements that are a fundamental part of the language, these large fragments leaning on the walls, a format that presents the timeless, the non-sculptural in dialogue with the viewer, questioning the finished, the incomplete or the original in modern society, exploring how images shape our perceptions of ourselves and the world.

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At this moment, Sun & Moon come together and play. The tangerine and grape skies collide, and the two worlds become one. The little girls are in the paradise of twilight. They wandered in the twilight zone of happiness, creating colorful energies in the land. The sunset, the beach, and the warm ambiance set a calm tone for humans to enjoy this precious moment. The moon and the magical moments of dancing clouds arise as the sun downs. The rays of sun & moon lights come across and gently overlap. Your sky is toasty, and my pool is warm. We have the golden sun, silver moon, shiny stars, and firework-like palm trees in the same realm. All colors are invited to play, which welcomes you to shine in your own way. Let’s enjoy the beat! There we all meet at the beach party of “Twilight Babes.” “The elements of nature in our daily life are essential in my paintings. I want to capture the joy of these everyday moments in nature that are all around us that we may neglect. The twilights are like the energetic vibes of Miami, warm weather, pool parties, and exciting nightlife. I envision the little girls having a big fun beach party during the sunset. These little girls create their world of colors and happiness as I make my paintings. I am in them, and they are within me too. I become the little girl painting, bravely exploring the map of the canvas and finding the wonders of colors.” – Bibi Lei Firma Bibi Lei Bibi Lei is a Portuguese-Chinese artist currently currently based in Tokyo, Japan. Describing herself as a “childlike soul that never grows old,” Lei’s love of painting and motherhood manifests itself through self-taught techniques such as finger painting and untethered brush strokes. Her spirited “little girl” superheroes explore, dance, and float through the fantastical worlds of Lei’s creation, bringing an unadulterated bravery and hope that embodies the art of Bibi Lei. Her works intuitively piece together scenes of purity and wonders while conjuring up a mesmerizing universe of colors and sensations.