Lydia Okumura: Untitled (Mural I)
Lydia Okumura (Brazil, 1938) will present her first mural artwork at the Artchugarry Art Center, as part of the opening reception of two exhibitions: Nevelson – Atchugarry/Dialogues in Black and White, and Eugenio Espinosa/Good Blue Day, curated by Claire Breukel.
Previously exhibited as a tridimensional installation at Pratt Institute NY, Untitled (Mural I)has been conceived as an open-air geometrical piece that extends the interactive game of perception to Atchugarry Art Center's garden. The artwork is also a preview of Okumura's solo show that will take place at Piero Atchugarry Gallery in spring 2020, with the curatorship of Aluna Curatorial Collective.
Lydia Okumura took part in Brazil’s artistic post-modernity with her powerful conceptual installations built with the greatest economy of means, and a set of inquiries including actions of institutional critique, paintings, drawings and photographs, which in a way turned the world into an origami that could be folded and unfolded in multiple manners. The whole of her work shows the relativity of the concepts of space and time, formal appearance and perception of reality, and the illusory character of the latter. She is a conceptual artist committed to transcendence: She works with the shifting nature of vision and the notion of multiple dimensionality both physical and ontological.
As curator Jacopo Crivelli Visconti considers, “by the way Okumura handles a space simultaneously tangible and hypothetic (or utopic),” her installations and preparatory sketches had a close “relationship with iconic works of Brazilian art."
Okumura has had personal exhibitions in several institutions: the Museu de Arte Moderna and Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo; Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas; PS1, New York, and an itinerant retrospective started in 2016, at the University of Buffalo Museum, Buffalo, New York, in the United States. Her works belong to collections of museums like the Metropolitan Museum of New York, Akron Museum of Art, Ohio, and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.