Brilliant Geometries: A Selection of Works by Jim Dine, Hacer and Antonio Marra

Left: Trembling for Color, Jim Dine. Right: Foxy, Hacer, shown in front of Kafka in Offenbach, Antonio Marra

Brightly colored, prism-like surfaces give way to shifting perspectives in the works of Jim Dine, Gerardo Hacer and Antonio Marra. Shared between the three prolific artists is a strong emphasis on precise workmanship that gives force to the brilliant geometries at play.

 

Jim Dine

Jim Dine Trembling for Color | Inquire 2018, cast polychrome bronze, 64 x 24 x 18 inches

Jim Dine’s iconic Venus sculpture deconstructs classical standards of beauty through a collision of geometric forms and expressive colors.

The artist’s personal interpretation of the iconic Venus deMilo boldly defies the implicit feminine sensuality of the original Helenistic sculpture. Rendered in bold, primary colors that define distinct angular planes, Trembling for Color appears as if carved in wood, attesting to the artist’s lifelong interest in working with household tools. The sharply carved, gauged texture of this bronze sculpture reveals  the direct effort invested by the artist, each stoke still visible as though in tribute. 

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Antonio Marra

Antonio Marra The Last Battle | Inquire 2018, acrylic on canvas, 59 x 59 inches (Left) and Peeking Through | Inquire 2018, acrylic on canvas, 39.5 x 39.5 inches (Right)

Marra’s vibrant, interlacing geometries give each painting three distinct views.

Antonio Marra’s kaleidoscopic compositions are a fascinating mix of intersecting geometries, derived from the artist’s fascination with Op Art. Painted within raised lines, each of Marra’s paintings is a calculated array of colorful shapes that change into three distinct color combinations when viewed from different sides. True to the common thread shared with Dine and Hacer, the artist’s exquisite workmanship proves essential in securing the flawless, hypnotic interplay of precise angles and vibrant color planes.

Antonio Marra Peeking Through | Inquire Three views. 2018, acrylic on canvas, 39.5 x 39.5 inches

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Hacer

Hacer’s steel origami sculptures brilliantly convey the lightness of folded paper.

Choosing the singular moniker Hacer, meaning to do or to make in Spanish, the Los Angeles sculptor shares in Dine’s vision of the artist as a worker, while his attention to detail rivals Mara’s calculated skill. Finished in smooth, monochromatic colors, the seamless, angular planes of Hacer’s playful sculptures brilliantly convey the lightness of folded paper. And yet, the physicality of his labor is evident through the extensive use of power tools and the sheer energy demanded by his medium of choice.

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