09 / Nov / 2012
Contrapposto, Matias Cuevas’s first solo exhibition in Europe, presents new work fashioned in Cuevas’s unique and personal process which uses commercial carpet as its medium.
An Italian term, contrapposto refers in art history to the Classical Greek pose of a freestanding figure with most of its weight supported by one leg while the other rests relaxed and freely. The title and the work in the exhibition are inspired by Cuevas’s early classical training and by his current taste for modern abstraction and minimalism.
In his paintings, flat masses of color and contours are dynamically balanced in a formal play of complementary forces. Material choices, process and formal invention rely on each other, guiding the artist in the materialization of each picture. As a result, his paintings breathe an elegant air of familiarity and of unconventional beauty.
Driven by both a strong sense of tradition and a cavalier attitude towards experimentation, Cuevas through his inventive process cliff dives into ideas of innovation, transformation and freedom, hoping to catch a glimpse of the poetry surfacing from within them all. Either in its glory or its frustration, each painting is for Cuevas a powerful experience of discovery that leads him to the next one.