ivan navarro: chilean pavilion venice art biennale 09
 
ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09
jun 08, 2009

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion venice art biennale 09

riding through the streets of new york city image courtesy galerie daniel templon, paris

curated by antonio arévalo and justo pastor mellado, the chilean pavilion inside the arsenale at this year’s venice art biennale, presents the work of ivan navarro. the project on show is entitled ‘threshold’ and is explained through three separate elements / moments: ‘resistance’, ‘death row’ and ‘bed’. through his art, navarro reflects on minimalism and transcends its pure formalism by addressing social and political issues, with an underlying critique of power and authority.ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09 ‘resistance’, 2009 – preparing the bike for a ride image courtesy galerie daniel templon, paris

‘resistance’ is a sculpture that is accompanied by a video: it is a bicycle with a chair that is constructed from fluorescent tubes that are illuminated by the activation of the bike’s pedals. in the video, the same bicycle is seen riding around times square in new york, showing the sharp contrast between luminous urban furniture and the lights generated by the cyclist’s muscle power.

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09‘resistance’, 2009 image © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09 the public was allowed to test the bicycle on displayimage © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09image © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09a look at how the chair has been made from fluorescent light tubes image © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09image © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09image © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09the mechanics of how the bicycle powers the chairimage © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09the bike illuminated from the cyclist’s pedaling image © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09‘death row’, 2006 illuminating the chilean pavilion with a myriad of color image © designboom

‘death row’ consists of thirteen aluminum doors with neon lights inside. they are arranged in such a way that each door creates an optical illusion in the space it occupies, which results in an effect of multiple corridors through the wall.

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09 each door is represented by a different color image © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09 a look down one of the endless doorwaysimage © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09the warmth of the light juxtaposed against the pavilion’s cool interior image © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09 the opening of the barrel image © designboom

this circular sculpture is affixed to the floor. with half of the word ‘bed’ lit and reflected by a mirror, the entire word is repeated down into a deep, dark tunnel to infinity.

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09 the one way mirror reflects the word ‘bed’ repeatedly image © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09image © designboom

ivan navarro: chilean pavilion   venice art biennale 09portrait of ivan navarro, 2009

ivan navarro was born in santiago, chile in 1972. graduating from the pontificia universidad catolica, in santiago in 1995, he has since been exhibiting his work internationally.

  • hey, where´s the mexican pavilion, i´ve heard it was sick…

    homero

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