Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery is pleased to announce the new solo exhibition “Ignorando las Reglas” by the renowned cuban artist, resident of Miami, Gustavo Acosta. The opening will be held on October 31rst, at the gallery’s space in Torre Piantini (Santo Domingo), from 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM.
“Ignorando Las Reglas” becomes the artist’s fourth solo exhibition organized by LOR Gallery in Santo Domingo, it marks Acosta’s return to our island after almost ten years from his last show “Time Machine”, and over two decades from his first titled “La Huella del Eclipse”.
As stated by the artist: “For years I have thought of my work as an investigation into the human condition, utilizing as testimony not the individual, but the individual’s creative footprint. I have tried to integrate this human restlessness into a new referential system where symbols of ubiquity, reference and temporality function as if we had discovered a surprising and inexhaustible archive of images, imitating the arbitrary procedures with which our psyches constantly distort, edit, and magnify. Reinterpreting at the convenience of our expectations or priorities creates an illusion; a visual fiction.”
According to the curator and art critic Janet Batet, these landscapes: “Subdivided by flat areas of color that establish a checkerboard composition, the chosen sights are subdued to a visual hierarchy that disregards traditional perspective. The overlying grid imposes a new perspective dynamic derived from the stylistic and chromatic treatment where each rectangle becomes a new window. In this chain of resignifications -box inside of box- the areas of color function as a superimposed filter that accentuate specific zones inside of the work, they act as reaffirmation of the dimensionality of the pictorial space, hence, the impossibility of reaching the portrayed landscape.”
Acosta was born in Havana, Cuba in 1958. He studied in the San Alejandro Academy and the Superior Institute of Art. In 1993 he emigrated from Cuba and since 1994 has resided in Miami. His work is part of important collections such as Wilfredo Lam Center, National Theater of Cuba, Carrillo Gil Art Museum, MoCA, Lowe Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale Art Museum, Nassau County Museum of Art, Farber Collection, Contemporary Art Museum of Panama and El Museo del Barrio. He has received the Gold Medal of the First Biennale of the Caribbean (DR), Award of Paint in the III Biennale of Cuenca (EC), Painting Award in the LVII National Salon of Art of Valdepeñas (ESP), Painting Award of the UNEAC Salon in Havana (CU) and the National Drawing Award of the First Havana Biennial (CU).