November 16, 2011 – January 28, 2012


Works by Beatriz Olano & Magdalena Fernández
Curated by Maria Iovino & Astrid Bastin

While Latin American art has developed an original take on geometric abstraction, this genre has not been fully explored in a public forum – contemporary art audiences tend to be more familiar with work that overtly addresses the continent’s social issues. The artists in Moment present alternative ways of thinking about these conditions, but through a more oblique approach. Latin American abstraction continues to mature, reinterpreting tradition, communicating with its own landscape and history, and engaging with the creative dynamics of the present.

In this exhibition, curators Maria Iovino and Astrid Bastin pair the work of Colombian artist Beatriz Olano and Venezuelan artist Magdalena Fernández. Olano's work broadens notions of structure, extending the confines of spaces where she situates her projects with minimum, precise traces. Fernández recognizes the universal connection between geometry and nature, a trajectory she shares with Piet Mondrian and Hélio Oiticica, among others. For Fernández, the legacy of geometric abstraction can be reinvented through direct encounters with the natural world. Moment articulates the ideas of Olano and Fernández in a site-specific project at the Doris McCarthy Gallery. Nature and artifice intermingle, freeing perception in a game of geometries that transforms the gallery while bringing out its particular characteristics.

About the Artists

Beatriz Olano is an artist based in Medellín, Colombia. Recent solo exhibitions include Meeting (Galería do Atelie, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2010) and En contacto(Sala U Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad Nacional, Medellín, Colombia, 2010). Her work has also been exhibited in group exhibitions such as “Lo abstracto” en la Colección del MAMM (Museo de Arte Moderno, Medellín, Colombia, 2010), concurso Latinoamericano de pintura, Arcos Dorados (ArteBA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010) and Entre Líneas (CCMOCA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009). Olano holds an M.F.A. from Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.

Magdalena Fernández has been widely exhibited internationally, including solo projects at haus konstruktiv, Zürich, Switzerland; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas, Venezuela; and CIFO: Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, Florida, USA. Her work was included in La Nuit Blanche 2010 (Paris, France), the 53rd Venice Biennial (2009, Venice, Italy) and X Cuenca Biennial (2009, Cuenca, Ecuador). Fernández’s work can be found in many collections, including the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas (Venezuela), Miami Art Museum (Florida, USA), Muzeum Sztuki (Lodz, Poland) and the Museo de Arte Moderno Jesús Soto (Cuidad Bolívar, Venezuela).