photography, sculpture

Luis Gispert

United States 1972

Installation, Sculpture, Photography, Video Art

www.luisgispert.com

Luis Gispert
Luis Gispert
Male
United States
1972
May 4, 2015

Luis Gispert is an American contemporary artist, whose oeuvre includes photography, installation, sculptural and video art. He is most famous for his staged photographs of ordinary scenes, juxtaposed with seemingly unrelated objects, individuals, and settings that fill the images with a sense of strange double meaning. Through his art, he references hip-hop culture and American stereotypes.

Born in 1972 in Jersey City, New Jersey, and raised in Miami, Gispert graduated with a degree in Film from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in Chicago, IL. In 2001, Luis got his MFA in sculptural work from the famous university – Yale University.

Decepcion Series

In Decepcion series, Gispert spotlights a subculture devoted to making both cars and clothes into personal showrooms for branded designer-logo fabrics. For this cultural enclave living in their favorite designers clothing is not enough – they bring haute couture brands beyond the closet and into the car. He also traveled around the country to find label-lovers who have customized not just their cars, but also their lives, wardrobes, and homes with luxury logos of famous brands – from Louis Vuitton to Gucci, Versace, and Burberry.

Decepcion series presents photographs of the interiors of these cars and trucks upholstered with designer logos, which are placed with separately shot images of landscapes across the windshields frame. Images of landscapes were made at different times, and depict a frozen Lake Michigan, the California desert and the Grand Tetons – locations far from the actual locations of the cars.

As well as Gispert’s other works, Decepcion series began as an anthropological investigation into the aspects of present culture and the aesthetics of taste within different societies. It examines the relationship between luxury brands and the working class, by staging the convergence of the prosaic with the sublime. As the artist himself states, “It’s the same as for an artist making aesthetic decisions in the studio. Some kind of fantasy is being played out.”

Photographic arts from Decepcion at Mary Boon Gallery
Luis Gispert – Sprouse Gouse, from Decepcion series, 2011

Between Sculpture and Photography

Luis Gispert’s work from 2012, presented at All Oyster, No Pearl solo exhibition, presents a combination of elements of photography and installation. For this series of works, Luis pins together different elements in order to create minimalist, monochromatic totems of culturally dissimilar objects.

These staged combinations pair modern furniture with cheap items, such as Hans Wegner chair intersected by a fake gold hip-hop chain. By creating this compositions that defy standard definition, Luis Gispert confronts object hierarchy, plays with cultural currency and the invisible hierarchies that divide art from low culture and utilitarian objects. With his art and themes of cultural context, he examines how deeply cultural associations pervade simple objects.

photographic arts Heavy Gravity
Luis Gispert – Heavy Gravity, 2012

Films by Gispert – Smother and Stereomongrel

Style of Luis’ short films is characterized by the constant shift between portraiture and complex narratives, which are intertwined with autobiographical motives. His films represent a never-ending exploration of different social themes – such as aesthetic and codes of urban and street culture.

Gispert’s experimental 12-minute film entitled Stereomongrel was created during 2005. The narrative of this movie focuses on the exploring of two dissimilar worlds colliding, with the use of 3-D animation and stop-motion animation. The story is told through the eyes of a gifted 12-year-old girl, and is centered on the awakening of the protagonist – the girl herself, during her journey to the Whitney Museum. Filmed in Super 35 mm, it depicts high and low culture clash in the neutral battle field of a museum.

Smother represents another example of Gispert’s film art. Created in 2006-07, in a collaboration with the artist Orly Genger, and with a soundtrack by the experimental duo Phoenecia, this 26-minute long film depicts a boy’s journey through an intimidating and sometimes violent mature world. The boy’s journey is also imbued by an effort to overcome his adolescent bonds between him, mother and home. Smother creates links between desire and pretense, and the socioeconomic power structures that frame contemporary human condition through a lens of fear, aggression, and domination. With its tropical palette and episodic magical realism, and with the camera that lingers over the spectacular landscapes of stucco-mansion Miami setting, Luis has suitably described this film as “narco-nouveau-riche.”

photographic arts
Luis Gispert – photo from Smother (Dump), 2007

Collections – from Whitney Museum of American Arts to Miami Art Museum

Luis Gispert’s work has been shown extensively throughout the US, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. His art is also a part of permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Miami Art Museum, Miami, FL, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, NY, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA, and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
In 2015, Luis Gispert’s work has been exhibited in solo show held at the OHWOW gallery in Los Angeles.

Luis Gispert lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.



YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015Luis GispertOHWOW, Los Angeles, CASolo
2014Reckon WithoutMallorca Landings, Palma de Mallorca, SpainSolo
2013AntennaMendes Wood Galllery, São Paulo, BrazilSolo
2012Pin Pan PunRhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2012All Oyster, No PearlOHWOW, Los Angeles, CASolo
2012Out of Focus: PhotographySaatchi Galery, London, UKGroup
2012Behold, AmericaThe San Diego Museum of Art and the Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, CAGroup
2011DecepciónMary Boone Gallery, New York, NY Solo
2011DecepciónCentre Cultural Contemporani Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, SpainSolo
2011It Ain’t Fair: MaterialismOHWOW, Miami, FLGroup
2011Ball GameDunn and Brown Contemporary, Dallas, TXGroup
2011Wall SpacePhiladelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2010Luis GispertGalerie Zidoun, LuxembourgSolo
2010The IslandOHWOW and LAND, Flagler Memorial Island, Miami Beach, FLGroup
2010It Ain’t Fair 2010OHWOW, Miami, FLGroup
2010The Secret KnowsLAND, Austin, TXGroup
2009You’re My Favorite Kind of AmericanRhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2009Luis GispertMOCA at Goldman Warehouse, North Miami, FLSolo
2009Luis GispertOtereo Plassert Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
2009Mnemosyne l’atlante dell’immaginiCentro Arti Visive, Pescheria, ItalyGroup
2009LoverOn Stellar Rays Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009SMALLFredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2009A Tribute to Ron WarrenMary Boone Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009Bling BlingAudelio Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2009PauseMark Fox Gallery, Los Angles, CAGroup
2009Mnemosyne l’atlante dell’immaginiCentro Arti Visive, Pescheria, ItalyGroup
2009LoverOn Stellar Rays Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009SMALLFredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FLGroup
2009A Tribute to Ron WarrenMary Boone Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008Heavy Manner (Extended Beats)Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
2008El Mundo Es Tuyo (The World Is Yours)Zach Feuer Gallery and Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2008Mediations BiennalePoznan, PolandGroup
2008The Constructed ImageRedux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston, SCGroup
2008TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino ArtMemorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NYGroup
2008TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino ArtHigh Museum of Art, Atlanta, GAGroup
2008TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino ArtWeatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NCGroup
2007Not For SalePS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NYGroup
2007MilieuLizabeth Oliveria, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Wrong NumberJack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007Rock-n-Roll FantasyWhite Box, New York, NYGroup
2007Manifest: Colonial Tendencies of the WestGallery of Contemporary Art, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, COGroup
2007Zwischen Zwei Toden - Between To DeathsZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2007Art in America NowMuseum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2007Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent ArtMuseum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FLGroup
2007Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent ArtSalina Art Center, Salina, KSGroup
2006USA TodayRoyal Academy of Arts, London, UKGroup
2006Youth of TodaySchirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2006Constant DisturbanceCentro Cultural Español, Curated by Gean Moreno, Miami, FLGroup
2006Bring it onMonique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2006TransformerMain Line Art Center, Haverford, PAGroup
2006Nominally Figured, Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary ArtFogg Art Museum Harvard University, Boston, MAGroup
2006Making DoYale University School of Art, New Haven, CTGroup
2005Luis Gispert & Jeffrey Reed: StereomongrelWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYSolo
2005Luis Gispert & Jeffrey Reed: StereomongrelSanta Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CASolo
2005Luis Gispert & Jeffrey Reed: StereomongrelZach Feuer Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2005Luis Gispert & Jeffrey Reed: StereomongrelFrederic Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FLSolo
2005Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent ArtThe Contemporary Museum Honolulu, HI; Group
2005Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent ArtChicago Cultural Center, Chicago, ILGroup
2005Situation Comedy: Humor in Recent ArtWinnipeg Art Gallery Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaGroup
2005Make It Now New Sculpture In New YorkSculpture Center, New York, NYGroup
2005EVALimerick City Gallery of Art, Limerick, IrelandGroup
2005Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary ArtThe Salina Art Center, Salina, KSGroup
2005Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary ArtMuseum of Contemporary Art, Denver, COGroup
2005Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary ArtHerbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NYGroup
2005Will Boys Be Boys? Questioning Adolescent Masculinity in Contemporary ArtIndianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, INGroup
2005The Superfly EffectJersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJGroup
2004Luis Gispert: Loud ImageHood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NHSolo
2004Luis Gispert: Loud ImageUniversity Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CASolo
2004Luis GispertArt Pace, San Antonio, TXSolo
2004Every Thing You Ever Loved In One PlaceChanging Role Gallery, Naples, ItalySolo
2004Contested FieldsDes Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IAGroup
2004SemipreciousPublic Art Fund, MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2004Fade InContemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TXGroup
2004Open House: Working in BrooklynBrooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2003Urban Myths Part IIWhitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York, NYSolo
2003Urban Myths Part IMiami Art Central, Miami, Miami, FLSolo
2003Urban Myths Part IBaum Award, UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CASolo
2003Cheerleaders 2000-2002Miami Dade Community College, Miami, FLSolo
2003Women Beware WomenDeitch Projects, New York, NYGroup
2003Next Next Visual ArtBrooklyn Academy of Music, New York, NYGroup
2003Black BeltStudio Museum of Harlem, New York, NYGroup
2003Influence, Anxiety, and GratitudeMIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MAGroup
2002InterplayThe Moore Space, Miami, FLGroup
2002Mass Appeal, The Art Object and Hip Hop CultureGalerie 101 Ottawa, MontrealGroup
2002Mass Appeal, The Art Object and Hip Hop CultureArts Interculturels, MontrealGroup
2002Mass Appeal, The Art Object and Hip Hop CultureThe Khyber Center For The Arts, Halifax, CanadaGroup
2002Mass Appeal, The Art Object and Hip Hop CultureOwens Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, CanadaGroup
2002Monitor 2Gagosian Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2002BystanderAndrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NYGroup
200210 Seconds 2 LoveMullerdechiara Gallery, Berlin, GermanyGroup
2002Whitney BiennialWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
2002New Additions To The Altoids Curiously Strong CollectionNew Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NYGroup
2002Officina AmericaGalleria D’Arte Moderna Villa Delle Rose Museo Morandi, Bologna, ItalyGroup
2001One Planet Under One Groove, Hip Hop and Contemporary ArtThe Bronx Museum Of The Arts, New York, NYGroup
2001Border Stories, IX International Biennial of PhotographyPalazzo Brocherasio, Torino, ItalyGroup
2001Optic Nerve III, Return of Optic NerveMoCA, Miami, FLGroup
2001MFA ExhibitionYale University, New Haven, CTGroup
2001Bling BlingAudelio Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2001PauseMark Fox Gallery, Los Angles, CAGroup
2000Travels In Hyperreality Making Art In MiamiMoCA, North Miami, FLGroup
2000EffectsAudelio Fine Art, New York, NYGroup
2000Mount MiamiAmerican Artists In Tel Aviv, Tel AvivGroup
1999The Present Absent, Eight Artists From MiamiPaco Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilGroup
1999Booty BassCentre Gallery, M-DCC, Miami, FLGroup
1999Hot Spots, Los Angeles, Houston, MiamiWetherspoon Art Galleries, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NCGroup
1999Hot Spots, Los Angeles, Houston, MiamiPittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburg, PAGroup
1997Cultural Consortium Fellowship ExhibitionMiami Art Museum, Miami, FLGroup