Guillermo Kuitca once again immerses himself into a world of cartography and geometrics. To mark more than 20 years of collaboration with Sperone Westwater, the Argentinean artist installed a diamond-shaped suite surrounded with his cubism-inspired brush strokes for his latest exhibition, "This Way."
The installation Untitled 2014 is Kuitca’s spontaneous development to create a three-dimensional space from the traditional canvas. He started to paint murals around his studio walls. The work in the gallery is a continuation of that experience. In order to make the work mobile, he installed wood panels around his studio space so they could be removed and reconstructed in the gallery. Kuita wants viewers to immerse themselves into the neverending geometric, almost futuristic, space. The paintings are so angular and perpetual that even the corners of the walls create an optical illusion of a flat, two-dimensional surface.
“I didn’t look for that effect; I just found it,” said Kuitca. “It’s pretty liberating to create your own pictorial space.”
While the main floor explores Kuitca’s inspiration from Futurism, his new paintings on the second floor continue his language of cartography and fragmentation. However, unlike his earlier abstractions of road maps, his latest collages of paper fragments reveal an almost unreadable terrain with no obvious place names.
“I always thought that paintings were a language where you get lost into,” said Kuitca. “In a way, it’s a dialogue within you.”
The exhibition at Sperone Westwater on 257 Bowery in Manhattan is open through June 21.