Jorge Pardo at Victoria Miro Gallery
Cuban-American artist, Jorge Pardo is widely celebrated for his use of vibrant colours, eclectic patterns and his incredible merging of natural and industrial materials. His current exhibition at Victoria Miro gallery is a stunning display of these factors as in a selection of paintings and an installation of lamps.
The ground floor of the gallery holds new paintings by Pardo. These ginormous works range from two metres to almost five metres in height. They have been installed on the walls of the gallery and also in the atrium space that connects both floors. These magnificent works are composed of layers of birch wood, plywood and MDF that have been painted on in such a way that the patterns appear to shift and dissolve as the viewer moves around them. From afar, these wall-mounted picturess appear to be composed of single, simple colours - red, orange, yellow and blue - up close however, they reveal intricate details and stunning mosaic patterns in a multitude of colours. The method invites visitors to come closer to the art to fully absorb it in all its glory.
On the first floor of the gallery, visitors are blinded by the stunning light show display. Pardo has created glorious lampshades from laser-cut PETG plastic resin that surrounds a central light fitting, and other lengths of the same material, sometimes in rectangular and triangular motifs, that hang around the fixtures.
The lamps are made from beautiful, bright colours that shine heavenly beams of colour across the entire gallery. The lamps are given an extraordinary backdrop to their beauty, courtesy of the Victoria Miro gallery, as the ceiling arches up into beautiful a beautiful array of raw wooden beams, with some slight gaps revealing the natural light from outside, which shines down on the installation.
The lamps themselves possess a sculptural form, sometimes appearing as natural objects such as animal and plant life. The light that they emit is controlled and directed by the patterns of the plastic, creating an irregular play of light and shadow, which is altered by the viewers’ movements throughout the space.
With this exhibition, Jorge Pardo has created an astonishing visual experience that hovers between the organic and manmade. His work playfully insists that art forms needn’t follow traditional function, and that we should allow for an elasticity in our expectations of what art should be.
Jorde Pardo's exhibition is on at Victoria Miro Gallery until 24th March. More information may be found here.