Monday, December 7, 2009

As Above | So Below: The Work of Ivan Gaete

As Above|So Below: The Work of Ivan Gaete

December 3, 2009 - December 13, 2009

3451 Midtown Blvd (NE 1st Ave corner of 35th Street), Miami, FL 33137

MAP (right next to Art Miami)

On the occasion of Art Basel Miami Beach 2009, Midtown Miami, Angelina’s and Beez And Honey are pleased to present a pop up installation by Ivan Gaete.

Using The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus as a departure point from which the title of this exhibition originates - that which is above is like that which is below - the exhibition As Above | So Below seeks to invoke a sense of magic. The alchemist, the magician, the laws of the universe, writing, mystical teachings, sacred books, transformation and healing as associated with the thrice-named Hermes Trismegistus are all strongly represented in the works on view.

Systems, alchemy, and the macro cosmos reflected in the micro cosmos are all concerns of this self-taught artist. The artist creating something from nothing, drawing from infinite potential to create art, whether it be permanent or ephemeral, reflects the God-like faculties that are credited with the creation of everything. Working in a holographic universe within the confines of a physical dimension and a 3D world, the artist creates objects that can be perceived with the 5 physical senses, the 6th sense, and the countless others that perhaps have yet to be named.

Spanning the years 2004 to 2008, these works comprise a retrospective view on the artist’s process of creating a glimpse into the inner workings of various systems including nature, the universe, quantum physics and technology. As if exploring the fundamental laws, whether in mathematics or in the larger world around us, in recent years Gaete’s work has used both numerical and alphabetical imagery to convey a cryptic language that at once challenges and pleases the eye. In other works an adherence to the integrity of the line reflects the forms and shapes of bursting stars, cosmic collisions and pre-historic fossils. The simplicity of Gaete’s imagery explores the depths of universal creation and harkens back to the dawn of art history.

"Through drawing, nothingness translates into moments of order. I associate chaos with optimal equilibrium." - Ivan Gaete

Ivan Gaete lives and works between Miami and New York City.

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