TAPIADOS
Curated by Patrick Greaney

David B. Smith Gallery is proud to announce Guido Ignatti’s first solo gallery exhibition in the United States. The exhibition focuses on Ignatti’s characteristic “tapiados,” works made of painted wood and electrical lighting that evoke contemporary urban landscapes and engage with the history of abstraction. The exhibition will include a number of tapiados as well as photographs that reflect on the tapiado genre.

Since 2012, tapiados have been at the center of Ignatti’s practice. “Tapiado” is the Spanish word for structures – made of wood, cement, or bricks – that wall up a door or window, sealing off a passage, a room, or a building. Ignatti’s tapiados conjure up the sensation of blockage. But they also create the feeling of an opening, of some other space behind them or in their illuminated interior. Ignatti’s trompe l’oeil constructions encourage this illusion, even as they unmask themselves, revealing the bulbs and wires and thus their own artifice. They move back and forth between claiming three-dimensional depth and undoing it. This creates a rich dynamism that recalls the traditional tensions in painting between figure and ground, as well as many of the modern debates about abstract painting, and in particular about the ability of painting to serve as a representational space or as a site for sensing the possibility of a better world.

Ignatti’s art brings together a number of strains in Latin American art, from the interest in beauty and pleasure that characterized 1990s arte light in Argentina to the “constructed precariousness” located by art historian Marí Carmen Ramírez in the maderas, the works in wood, by the abstract painter Joaquín Torres García.

Tenis, 2016
Wood, acrylic latex, and fluorescent fixtures
78.5 x 30 inches (199.39 x 76.2 cm)

Bandera, 2016
Wood, acrylic latex, and fluorescent fixtures
39.5 x 77.5 inches (100.33 x 196.85 cm)

Homenaje, 2016
Wood, acrylic latex, and fluorescent fixtures
53.5 x 24.5 inches (135.89 x 62.23 cm)

Monstruo #1, 2016
Wood, acrylic latex, and fluorescent fixtures
17.5 x 40 inches (44.45 x 101.6 cm)

Monstruo #2, 2016
Wood, acrylic latex, and fluorescent fixtures
19.5 x 40 inches (49.53 x 101.6 cm)

Cuatro, 2016
Wood, acrylic latex, and fluorescent fixtures
72 x 44 inches (182.88 x 111.76 cm)

Fontana, 2016
giclée, Edition 1/3, 1
12.63 x 16.63 inches (32 x 42.22 cm)

Interior 1, 2016
giclée, Edition 1/3, 1
14.81 x 21.63 inches (37.62 x 54.93 cm)

Interior 2, 2016
giclée, Edition 1/3, 1
14.81 x 21.63 inches (37.62 x 54.93 cm)

Interior 3, 2016
giclée, Edition 1/3, 1
14.81 x 21.63 inches (37.62 x 54.93 cm)

Madera & Arrancador, 2016 (diptych)
giclée, Edition 1/3, 1
14.81 x 21.63 inches (37.62 x 54.93 cm)

David B. Smith Gallery
On view from June 30th to July 30th, 2016.
ph: Wes Magyar