2016 | NYC | Artist
Artist name: Ivan Gaete
Dates of residency: May - July
Hometown: Santiago, Chile
Lives and works: New York
Education: Self taught
Ivan Gaete is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist. His drawings, paper constructions, photographs, videos and installations are multi-layered surveys that deploy architecture and sewing practices to expose the hidden structures that define form and permeate meaning. He uses ambiguity and duality to distort space and deconstruct perception. Often monochromatic, geometric and ethereal, his works connect mapping, cosmology and metaphysics. He explores the tangible and formal qualities of paper, ink and thread through systematic and labor intensive manual processes that combine repetition, markmaking and embrace chance. Expanding on Epicurus’ idea that “nothing is lost, everything is transformed,” Gaete’s work focuses on capturing the physical gestures and temporal traces unintentionally left behind by mankind and nature. He aims to reveal the transformative nature of life, to bring about the underlying essence of things and to raise questions about mobility and portability. He states: “through the tactile, visceral experience of making work using the hands, the structural world, usually invisible to the naked eye, is revealed. I’m interested in material transformation and continuity.”
Gaete is a recipient of a 2016 BRIO award from the Bronx Council on the Arts and a 2016 Create Change Fellow at the Laundromat Project. Earlier this year he completed the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. He is currently a resident at Artists Alliance / LES Studio Program and will be participating in The Wassaic Project Artist Residency this Summer. Past residencies include Expressiones Cultural Center (New London, CT) and Ace Hotel (NYC). In New York, his work has been exhibited at NurtureArt, Kentler Drawing Center, Manhattan Graphics, Bronx Art Space, Bronx River Art Center, The Clemente and many other spaces throughout the city. He is a BX200 featured artist.
Support: Ivan Gaete's 3-month residency is made possible with support from a private collector.