Ivan Gaete is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York. His drawings, paper constructions, photographs, videos and installations are multi layered surveys that deploy architecture and sewing practices to expose the hidden structures that define form and permeate meaning. He uses ambiguity and duality to distort space and deconstruct perception. Often monochromatic, geometric and ethereal, his works connect mapping, cosmology and metaphysics. He explores the tangible and formal qualities of paper, ink and thread through systematic and labor-intensive manual processes that combine repetition, mark making and embrace chance.
Expanding on Epicurus’ idea that “nothing is lost, everything is transformed,” Gaete’s work focuses on capturing the physical gestures and temporal traces unintentionally left behind by mankind and nature. He aims to reveal the trans formative nature of life, to bring about the underlying essence of things and to raise questions about mobility and portability. He states: “through the tactile, visceral experience of making work using the hands, the structural world, usually invisible to the naked eye, is revealed. I’m interested in material transformation and continuity.”
Gaete completed the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ AIM program this past winter. He is a current artist in residence at the Artists Alliance / LES Studio Program (NYC) and was recently awarded a fellowship with the Laundromat Project. Past residencies include Expressiones Cultural Center (New London, CT) and Ace Hotel (NYC). In New York, his work has been exhibited at NurtureArt, Kentler Drawing Center, Manhattan Graphics, Bronx Art Space, Bronx River Art Center and the historical Saint Peter’s Church. He is a BX200 featured artist.
About the image
Classic Tenor Songs, 1st configuration. 2015. Tape, thread and paper. Variable dimensions (approximately 5 ft x 5 ft). Each isosceles triangle measures 10 inches at the base and 5 1/4 high. Shown here as installed at Expressiones Cultural Center, New London, CT on December 2015. The musical sheets were pulled from “Classic Tenor Songs” a book published by Oliver Ditson & Co. in 1888. The work speaks about temporal arrangements. Processes include letter-locking and sewing.