Gallery Hopping on Thursdays: June 13, 2013

Intricate collages in New York and a live implosion in Basel.

Geometric shapes such as cubes, pyramids, and square columns are often used by artists to relate to human scale and their surroundings. This week, we’re looking at a solo exhibition of intricate collages that echo the structures of the artist’s hometown and a live implosion of a wrought stainless steel sculpture. Artists Patricia Gaeta and Ewerdt Hilgemann each use their respective medium to push the boundaries of geometry and structure.

For her first solo exhibition at Masters & Pelavin, emerging artist Patricia Gaeta (American, b.1986) will present a series of methodically hand-cut and assembled works on paper. The young artist uses graph paper to craft intricate geometric compositions, building upon the medium’s linear template. The index and fine lines that make up the grid paper lend easily to Gaeta’s meticulous cuts and layered strands, which produce shapes with depth and movement that intentionally bring to mind architectural elements. While some of the works are Minimalist in nature, in the others, the artist plays around with vibrant colors, textures, and the natural imperfections of materials to create textile patterns.

Patricia Gaeta: Through the Thicket of Things will be on view from June 13 to July 27 at 13 Jay Street, New York, NY.

Through the Thicket of Things by Patricia Gaeta

Patricia Gaeta, Through the Thicket of Things, Masters & Pelavin, New York, NY

As the city of Basel gears up for an influx of international art enthusiasts this weekend, MARCdePUECHREDON will host an exciting live event in which conceptual artist Ewerdt Hilgemann (German, b.1938) will implode one of his stainless steel sculptures. Hilgemann, who constructed his first “implosion” piece in 1985, has fabricated yet another grand geometric structure that he resolves to warp by gradually pulling out the air using a high-pressure vacuum pump. The artist’s wrought, painstakingly polished works, which were once rigid, become irregular forms, bent at seams that manage to preserve grace after an abrasive procedure. In 2014, a collection of Hilgemann’s implosion sculptures will be on display for the public on Park Avenue in New York.

Ewerdt Hilgemann: Implosion (Basel) will be on view from June 13 to 20 at St. Johanns-Vorstadt 78, 4056 Basel, Switzerland.

Imploded Cube by Ewerdt Hilgemann

Ewerdt Hilgemann, Imploded Cube, 1999, MARCdePUECHREDON, Basel, Switzerland

Browse openings by city to see where art can be found in your town!

Barcelona, Spain
Javier Úbeda ‘Viaje con retorno’ at Principal Art
June 13–July 19, 2013
Calle Enrique Granados 9, Barcelona, 08007 Spain


Basel, Switzerland
Neues Zuhause (Basel) at MARCdePUECHREDON
June 13–August 31, 2013
St. Johanns-Vorstadt 78, 4056 Basel, Switzerland

Ljubljana, Slovenia
Philippe Bordas: HEROIC AFRICA at Galerija Fotografija
June 13–August 17, 2013
Mestni trg 11/I, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

New York, NY
Nacho Rodriguez Bach: Psychedelic Patio at Dillon Gallery
June 13–July 9, 2013
555 W. 25th Street, New York, NY 10001
Constructed Space at Kim Foster Gallery
June 13–July 20, 2013
529 W. 20th Street, New York, NY 10011
Maekawa at Steven Kasher Gallery
June 13–29, 2013
521 W. 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

Toronto, Canada
Jean-Pierre Lafrance: Unstoppable: Liquid and Matter at Jean-Pierre Lafrance: Unstoppable: Liquid and Matter
June 13–July 7, 2013
32 Distillery Lane, Toronto, Ontario M51 3C4 Canada

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