A mélange of architectural structures, cosmic mappings, South American textiles, hieroglyphics, and Indigenous symbols emerge in vivid, balanced color in Eamon Ore-Giron’s paintings. Often rendered in flashe and mineral paint on large-scale linen canvases, the works are enveloping and visionary, transporting the viewer into Ore-Giron’s flat, geometric vistas.
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Currently based in Los Angeles, the artist is deeply influenced by his surroundings. He was raised in Tucson by a Peruvian father and mother of Irish descent, embedding him within a distinct medley of global cultures from Latino and Indigenous to Andean and European. The visual language of this mixed heritage is evident in his paintings, particularly his more recent Talking Shit and Infinite Regress series.
On view now as part of Competing with Lightning / Rivalizando con el relámpago at The Contemporary Austin, the works make a stark departure from Ore-Giron’s earlier figurative pieces and instead favor symmetries, geometric shapes, and ancient motifs. The more vibrant of the series is Talking Shit, which was born out of the artist’s time in Guadalajara, and engages with the gods of Mexican and Peruvian cultures. In the massive, 204-inch-wide “Talking Shit with Amaru,” Ore-Giron interprets the mythological serpentine creature of Incan and Andean lore. The two-headed beast is thought to transcend boundaries between the spiritual and earthly worlds, which appears in the work through careful cross-sections and a shapely form that leads in several directions.
Infinite Regress shifts to metallics, with wide swaths of gold emanating from a central totemic form. “In philosophy, infinite regress is a sequence of reasoning which can never come to an end: a paradox of infinite regeneration that disproves the concept of fixed knowledge—in connecting one element to another, a third one is always interpolated and so on, endlessly,” a statement about the series says. Through thin lines reaching distant intersections and circles nestled in color-blocked stripes, many of the works evoke a distant horizon, the always unreachable and ever-recurring point.
If you’re in Austin, you can see Competing with Lightning / Rivalizando con el relámpago through August 20. Otherwise, find more of Ore-Giron’s works on his site.
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