Tag Archive | Iván Navarro

Iván Navarro’s Mute Parade at Paul Kasmin Gallery

Impenetrable Room
Impenetrable Room By Iván Navarro All Photos By Gail

Paul Kasmin Gallery’s Tenth Avenue space is currently hosting Mute Parade, an exhibit of light installations by  Chilean-born artist Iván Navarro, for his second solo show with the gallery. Mute Parade transforms multiple gallery rooms into a synesthetic environment continuing Navarro’s ongoing use of light, sound, and language to engage with issues of power, migration, and propaganda.

First Gallery Installation View

Upon entering the gallery, the viewer is faced with a series of new works by the artist including Tuning (2015), a pyramid of six towering drums.


Navarro combines the drums with mirrors and the words High, Tone, Tune, Bass, Mute, and Deaf to create a visual representation idea of sound (or noise) while at the same time removing and negating the original function of the instruments. This is a way of “playing a song” without making any sound.


None of What You Hear

Center Room Installation View

In the center of the adjacent room, there are two freestanding 6-foot diameter drums that incorporate neon, LED lights, mirrors, and electricity. Circular texts written in light repeat the words KickBack and KnockKnockKnock – giving the appearance of an endless loop. Throughout the exhibition, the new works employ silence and stillness to create an uncanny perception of sound and movement and to explore the relationship between seeing and hearing.

Impenetrable Room

In the last room gallery, the viewer enters a labyrinth of four 6 x 6 foot structures that together make up the Impenetrable Room (2016). This new body of work co-opts the materials and format of portable “road cases,” which are customarily used to transport and protect musical instruments. Refitting the cases with mirrors and neon light, Navarro transforms these static objects into deep spaces that appear to recede towards infinity.

Impenetrable Room

In this installation, undulating lines of green neon diagrammatically echo the propagation of sound waves through a medium. Silent and monolithic, these self-contained rooms resonate with unspoken narrative power.

Read You Loud Unclear

Black and white paper squares are scattered across the floors of both galleries. The words Read You and Loud Unclear, printed on opposite sides of the cards, call attention to the disjunction between the visual and auditory aspects of communication. Informed by the aesthetics and rhythms of military parades, the exhibition contemplates the juxtaposed feelings of celebration and intimidation that martial music is intended to create.

Tuning Alternate View

Iván Navarro’s Mute Parade will be on Exhibit Through December 23rd, 2016 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, located at 293 Tenth Avenue (Corner of 27th Street) in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Impenetrable Room

Modern Art Monday Presents: Ivan Navarro’s Homeless Lamp, The Juice Sucker

Homeless Lamp
All Photos By Gail

Ivan Navarro uses electric light as his primary medium, appropriate the austere visual language of Minimalism and imbuing it with political resonance.  For Homeless Lamp, the Juice Sucker (2004–05),  he built a grocery cart out of fluorescent tubes and, with it, wandered to the gallery-lined streets of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. The luminous sculpture evokes the work of Dan Flavin while also  referencing an object commonly repurposed by homeless people for storage and transportation.

Ivan Navarro Video

Scored to the Mexican revolutionary song “Juan Sin Tierra” (John the Landless), the accompanying documentary video follows Navarro and a friend as they search for public electricity with which to eliminate the sculpture. presenting the artist as a transient figure, Navarro offers a personal allegory for his early attempts to gain access to the New York art world as well as the difficulties faced by migrants in establishing connections with the place to which they have relocated.

Homeless Lamp

Photographed at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City during the Storylines exhibit in 2015.


Junkies’ Promises At Paul Kasmin Gallery

Paul Kasmin Gallery Junkies Promises
All Photos By Gail

The above photo does not depict the interior of a Lighting store on the Bowery. Rather, these light fixtures are part of the two-gallery group show, Junkies’ Promises, now on exhibit at both Paul Kasmin Gallery spaces on 10th Avenue, and also 27th Street.

Dzine, Around the Way Girl (Chandelier Sculpture)
Dzine, Around the Way Girl (Chandelier Sculpture)

Curated by gallery artist Iván Navarro, Junkies’ Promises was inspired by William S. Burroughs’ 1953 novel, Junky, a fictionalized autobiographical account of a heroin addict and dealer in 1950s New York. Junkies’ Promises explores works in photography, video and sculpture where light is both central theme and formal element. Featured artists include He An, Stephen Dean, Dzine, RM Fischer, Victor Grippo, Nicolas Guagnini, Yuichi Higashionna, Alfredo Jaar, Deborah Kass, Jill Magid, Matthew McCaslin, Josiah McElheny, David Medalla, Arnaldo Morales, Iván Navarro & Tunde Adebimpe, Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere, Jorge Pardo, Alejandra Prieto, Pipilotti Rist and Courtney Smith.

R. M. Fischer RMF-LT27
R. M. Fischer RMF-LT27 Detail
R. M. Fischer RMF-LT27 and Detail

On the corner of 27th Street and 10th Avenue you’ll see the sculptures pictured in the first photo above as well as rainbow spiral of Neon words by Deborah Kass and other, less conventional Works of Light.

Deborah Kass After Louise Bourgeois
Deborah Kass After Louise Bourgeois
Alejandra Prieto Lágrimas Negras
Alejandra Prieto Lágrimas Negras

Victor Grippo Tiempo
Victor Grippo, Tiempo

Half a block west on 27th Street, in the larger of Kasmin’s two spaces, the exhibit continues with works that play with and expand on the idea of energy and electricity.  In Victor Grippo’s piece,  Tiempo, four potatoes power a small digital clock.

Stephen Dean Black Ladder
Stephen Dean, Black Ladder

Back Ladder by Stephen Dean features panes of Dichroic Glass. Geoffrey and I had fun playing around with photographing it.

Stephen Dean Black Ladder Two Gs
Two Gs, One Black Ladder
Alfredo Jaar Tech Us to Outgrow Our Madness
Alfredo Jaar, Teach Us to Outgrow Our Madness

Junkies’ Promises is a fun exhibit that I recommend you add to your next weekend art crawl.

Junkies’ Promises Curated by Iván Navarro will be on Exhibit Through August 16th, 2013 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Located at 293 Tenth Avenue & 515 West 27th Street in the Chelsea Gallery District.