JERONIMO ELESPE | AIKO HACHISUKA | May 5 – June 14
Jeronimo Elespe |195 Chrystie
Eleven Rivington is thrilled to present a solo exhibition of recent work by Madrid-based Spanish artist Jeronimo Elespe, on view from May 5 – June 14, 2013 at our 195 Chrystie Street location. This is the artist’s thirteenth solo exhibition since he first started exhibiting in 1999 and his second show with Eleven Rivington. It will feature new paintings on aluminum as well as never before exhibited drawings. Elespe was the subject of a solo museum exhibition in 2012 at Centro de Arte Contemporaneo (CAC) in Malaga, Spain, which was accompanied by a hardcover catalogue with text by Dan Byers.
Elespe is known for his intimately scaled paintings in oil on aluminum, but drawing has been a key part of his practice for many years. The gallery is pleased to be exhibiting drawn works for the first time in tandem with recent paintings. These small works on paper entail a long process of adding and subtracting marks, lines, tones and textures, developing into a series of abstract diaries. Although they are autonomous in nature, the artist considers the drawings as a guide to the viewer, proposing a more complete reading of the paintings. The artist’s accumulative process is perhaps more explicit in the drawings and helps to underscore the experimentation of painting idioms developed in the painted aluminum works. As in his past work, the subjects and points of departure in the artwork are autobiographical. Created in Elespe’s home studio in Madrid, they begin as images from observation and memory, including interior domestic scenes, solitary figures, and still-life compositions, serving as a meditation on daily domestic and studio life. Over the course of their creation, some remain specifically representational while others become layered abstract ruminations on nature and time, with fictional elements attempting to enter the pictures. Others tap even more into the artist’s subconscious imaginings. The dualities that manifest in the work - the tranquil and the obsessive, experimentation and literality, intuition and rationality - have their root embedded in the nature of the slow process of their making in the Elespe's studio.
Jeronimo Elespe was born 1975 in Madrid, Spain where he currently lives and works. He was educated at Yale (MFA) and SVA (BFA). Recent group exhibitions include Sikkema Jenkins, NY; Pedro Cera, Lisbon; and Nusser and Baumgart, Munich. His work has been featured in The New York Times, New Yorker, New York, and El Pais.
Aiko Hachisuka | 11 Rivington
Eleven Rivington is very pleased to present the NY solo debut of Japanese-born artist Aiko Hachisuka, on view from May 5 – June 14, 2013 at our 11 Rivington Street location. The exhibition will feature five abstract sculptures of varying scales created over the last 3 years as well as unique works on paper.
Hachisuka creates elaborately constructed soft sculptures out of clothing which are silkscreened with dozens of varying marks and hues: the artist uses blank screens to apply layers of color on materials which have been intuitively folded, creased and manipulated, and then unfolded and re-arranged again; this accumulation of colors and fold marks accrue to create their own patterns. Each piece is then carefully filled and stuffed with foam. Comprising individual articles of dressing - each with its own particular fabric weight, texture and weave - these carefully made objects become elaborate forms, often alluding to the body, and each with their own idiosyncratic physiognomies. Each element is emblazoned with layers of inked impressions and individually hand-sewn onto another piece, forming an abstract assemblage of distended shapes. While removed from their original materiality (including sweaters, pants and shirts once worn by the artist), they nonetheless retain their strong connection to the human form; each large, bulbous form has a hollow, vessel-like core. Beyond the apparent references to cloth and the body, however, these sculptures take on highly individual identities: with their bold patterns, complex constructions, and expressive color palettes reminiscent of a three-dimensional Rorschach test. They pose on wooden plinths, evoking disparate references and associations: from the technical complexity and opulence of Asian textiles to the bold exuberance of Pattern & Decoration, as well as from the graphic and deadpan nature of Pop artists such as Claes Oldenburg to the physical reconfigurations of car parts by John Chamberlain.
Aiko Hachisuka was born in 1974 in Nagoya, Japan, educated at CalArts, CA (MFA) and Ringling School of Art & Design, FL (BFA), and currently lives and works in LA. Group exhibitions include 7 Sculptors at Brennan & Griffin, NY; Tables & Chairs at D’Amelio Terras, NY; Core 2002 at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Snapshot: New Art from Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum, LA (traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami). Hachisuka’s work has been featured in Frieze, Flash Art, TAR, and LA Weekly, among others.