Iran do Espirito Santo Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Iran do Espírito Santo: Deposition at Sean Kelly, New York 
September 5 - October 18, 2008 
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

 

Iran do Espirito Santo Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Iran do Espírito Santo: Deposition at Sean Kelly, New York 
September 5 - October 18, 2008 
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

 

Iran do Espirito Santo Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Iran do Espírito Santo: Deposition at Sean Kelly, New York 
September 5 - October 18, 2008 
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

 

Iran do Espirito Santo Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Iran do Espírito Santo: Deposition at Sean Kelly, New York 
September 5 - October 18, 2008 
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

 

Iran do Espirito Santo Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Iran do Espírito Santo: Deposition at Sean Kelly, New York 
September 5 - October 18, 2008 
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

 

Iran do Espirito Santo Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Iran do Espírito Santo: Deposition at Sean Kelly, New York 
September 5 - October 18, 2008 
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

 

Iran do Espirito Santo Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Iran do Espírito Santo: Deposition at Sean Kelly, New York 
September 5 - October 18, 2008 
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

 

Iran do Espirito Santo Sean Kelly Gallery

Installation view of Iran do Espírito Santo: Deposition at Sean Kelly, New York 
September 5 - October 18, 2008 
Photography: Jason Wyche, New York 
Courtesy: Sean Kelly, New York 

 

Press Release

Sean Kelly Gallery is delighted to announce Deposition, an exhibition of new works by Brazilian artist Iran do Espírito Santo. The opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday, September 4th from 6pm until 8pm. The artist will be present.

The exhibition is comprised of two distinct bodies of work. In the main gallery there will be a site-specific wall painting titled En Passant. Since the late 1980s, Espírito Santo has been making site-specific interventions in architectural space utilizing representations of materials such as glass, wood and brick. With En Passant, the artist focuses on simulated modulations of light on walls, depicted in various gradations of the color gray. Applying extraordinary technical and formal rigor, the artist creates an environment that appears to allude to a dark room photographic test strip, on a monumental architectural scale. The wall painting becomes an almost mathematical depiction of a gray scale that amalgamates natural light and a representation of pictorial light, creating a complex conceptual interplay between the two.

In galleries one and two, two large-scale granite sculptures entitled Deposition 1 and Deposition 2 are simulacra of oversized framed pictures, in which the frame, passé-partout, and image are created from the same material. The picture as subject matter has been a recurrent theme in Espírito Santo's work and in these two major new works he has produced iconically mute monumental sculptures that reference design and functionality, as well as traditions within the Minimalist oeuvre.

Curator Gary Garrels writes: "Iran do Espírito Santo makes wall drawings that allude to the three-dimensional space of architecture, transformed into flat planes, like artificial shadows, retinal after images, or disembodied memories. His sculptures likewise are perceived more as a picture of things than as solid objects. In all of his work, experience is inextricably linked to self-conscious processes of perception, the connection of the eye and mind seamlessly sealed but made evident."

Espírito Santo has exhibited extensively in museums worldwide; his works are included in the collections of many prominent international museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. His work was featured in the 2007 Venice Biennale and a recent retrospective toured venues such as MAXXI, Museo Nazionale delle arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland and the Pinacoteca do Estado in São Paolo, Brazil. Espirito Santo's work will be included in the 28th São Paolo Biennale, which takes place from October 28 to December 6, 2008.

Checklist

Iran do Espírito Santo

Deposition

September 5th– October 18th, 2008

Gallery 1:

Deposition 2, 2008
granite
63 x 84 x 2 1/3 inches (160 x 213.4 x 5.9 cm)
unique
IdES-261

Gallery 2:

Deposition 1, 2008
granite
84 x 63 x 2 1/3 inches (213.4 x 160 x 5.9 cm)
unique
IdES-260

Main Gallery:

En Passant 2, 2008
acrylic paint on wall
variable dimensions
unique
IdES-268

Office Behind Reception Desk:

Untitled (Tape 2), 2008
acrylic paint on wall
overall: 90 1/8 x 88 1/2 inches (229 x 225 cm)
unique
IdES-267

Can K, 2008
granite
16 1/2 x 12 x 12 inches (42 x 30.5 x 30.5 cm)
edition of 5 with 2 APs
IdES-245
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