Opening Reception: October 9th at 7pm
101/exhibit is excited to formally announce Gabriel Grün:
Capriccio, an exhibition of recent oil paintings from the Buenos Aires based Argentinean painter.
This full-gallery exhibition serves as Grün’s first major solo in North America and 101/exhibit.
Approaching his work with a sense of its place in art history, Grün is very much a painter’s painter.
Grinding his own pigments rather than finding them commercially, Grün seeks to establish a link
between the current day and the age from which he draws his stylistic inspiration. Recalling
Flemish masters Van Dyck and Rubens, Grün’s work typically sets nude figures against idyllic
landscapes but with modern interpretations and representations of mythological and religious
themes. His figures are rendered with a classical sense of realism in their detail and are frequently
featured in movement or contortion. And though Grün follows a pre-meditated and prescribed
language from a compositional point of view, his work absolutely transcends any possible banality
or cliché, as it is painted with ferocity, unafraid to approach the darker sides of the sources of its
inspiration. As such, the work seems to dare the viewer, flaunting its ability to use a language
anew, self-assured in its aesthetic harmony.
Better explained by the artist, Gabriel writes “My work aspires to follow in the tradition of great
western painting by using the language developed roughly up to the baroque. This means a
particular way of conceiving the work in the mind’s eye and of using this pictorial alphabet.
Formulas condition much of what is conveyed and some artistic freedom may seem to be lost, but I
have learnt to take delight and full advantage of working in the constraints of rigid methods, and that
doing so is the surest way to achieve mastery. I never try to force a contemporary look into my
work, it is inevitably so.”
Painted in large scale, as Grün is wont to do, Gaia features a nude and pregnant mother earth lying
on her back in classical pose in the midst of a paradisal garden landscape with the beginnings of
life surrounding her. She raises an egg above her head, eyeing it on the way to the heavens,
recalling the myth of the parthenogenic birth of Uranus and the sky, and the forthcoming creation of
a world, a mythology, and a way of understanding.
Grün, born in 1978 in Buenos Aires, has exhibited at Art Madrid, ArteBA, and the Cultural Center of
Recoleta, Buenos Aires, among numerous other renowned spaces and galleries. He was only
trained formally for a brief period before breaking away from a constrictive educational system that
he finds contrary to his style as an artist. Grün made headlines with his notorious painting of the
mythological Hermafrodita when it was displayed in the Recoleta Cultural Center next door to the
church and the famous cemetery. Grün will be in attendance during his opening at 101/exhibit from
7-10PM, October 9th, 2010. The exhibition will be on display through November 20th, 2010.
For more information please contact the gallery at +1.305.573.2101.
101/exhibit is located in Miami’s Design District.