We saw a great beginning of the fall season at Matthew Rachman Gallery in Chicago. The gallery always follows the latest trends in contemporary art: from September until the beginning of November, the visitors of the gallery could enjoy the great exhibition of Luftwerk and Kate Joyce, entitled INsite ONview. Still, there is always something interesting happening in this great gallery – the coming show explores the theme of memory. How memory is constructed, how do we shape memory and how it can be represented? Many artists are dealing with this question (particularly within the conceptual art movement), but Christophe Gausparro and Raul de la Torre approach this topic from completely unique angle. Their works will be exhibited in the show entitled Shaping Memory at Matthew Rachman Gallery.
Christophe Gausparro is Chicago-based artist who works in a variety of mediums with a focus on site-specific, architectural art installations that often integrate multi-media. His recent work explores the ideas of bio-mimicry and abstracting natural systems utilizing found or salvaged materials. As a co-director of M5 Artist Collective NFP, Gausparro orchestrated and exhibited in 25+ large-scale events, which fused the following mediums into highly-interactive theme-based exhibits: installation, performance, video, fashion, sound, etc. He has exhibited in 8 cities on 2 continents, receiving numerous commissioned invitations to create spatial art projects. Previously a practicing architect, Gausparro has gone on to work in a variety of creative fields including set design, graphic design, fashion design, furniture design, and fine art.
Raul de la Torre is LA-based artist who began to make cuts with a razor 15 years ago, shortly after reading an interview with famous Catalan artist, Joan Miro. In it, he said: I want to assassinate painting. That started the process, and from there, he created a series of works that involved large cuts on canvas filled with materials such as cardboard, old-t-shirts and paper. Six years ago, he decided to explore the combination of color and destruction of the working surface, and that was the beginning of the collection exhibited in Shaping Memory.
The Shaping Memory exhibition will showcase works created by fusing new materials with found elements, repurposed in a context that breathes new existence and demeanor into a variety of mediums. Christophe Gausparro works with a focus on site-specific, architectural art installations that often integrate a range of media. Interjecting a sense of narrative into his creations, his recent work explores the ideas of bio-mimicry (abstracting natural systems) utilizing found or salvaged materials. Raul de la Torre begins by working with paint, making cuts on canvas, and then fills those gaps by embroidering with cotton thread; adding texture in an attempt to find life and movement, by creating a more dynamic surface. The combinations of colors represent emotions and interpretations for each individual interacting with the works, and the embroidery is meant to represent those experiences as a part of our DNA.
The Shaping Memory exhibition is the final exhibition in the gallery’s 2015 lineup. It was a great year at Matthew Rachman Gallery, with lot of amazing art events. This exhibition will certainly attract a lot of art lovers – they will have an opportunity to see the latest works by two amazing artists, Christophe Gausparro and Raul de la Torre. The exhibition will be on view from November 13 until December 23, 2015 at Matthew Rachman Gallery in Chicago. The gallery will host an opening reception Friday, November 13 from 6 - 9 pm, at which both artists will be in attendance.
Raul de la Tore - Threads and colors - Fils i Colors II
Christophe Gausparro - Untitled, 2015
Raul de la Tore
All Images courtesy of Matthew Rachman Gallery
Chicago, United States of America