Opening reception: September 12, 2012 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
From September 12 through October 21, 2012.
Throughout her career as a sculptor, Lydia Azout has focused on the basic elements of form and shape as symbolic of the powers of nature, especially the feminine forces she regards as reflections of creativity, cosmic order and harmony. Often working with monumental structures which she makes out of wood, steel and other materials, Lydia Azout boldly faces the challenges of size and space as she explores the object’s potential to express something beyond its geometric references and delve into a world that acknowledges the spiritual through a contemporary aesthetic.
Her installation for the Frost Art Museum calls for the viewer to momentarily suspend the demands of the everyday to interact on an emotional basis with the sculptural forms. The large-scale, site-specific work is multi-media and constructed out of different types of steel and projections to produce a confrontation with the materials, potentially extend the human experience beyond that of the merely functional or obvious, and enter into a relationship directed at perception and personal response. According to the artist, “This exhibition is about the cosmos, Sacred Geometry, the unknown, the mysterious and the magical.” Out of the Ordinary Geometry was curated by Rebeca Schapiro.
Lydia Azout studied at David Manzur’s workshop in Bogotá from 1970 to 1974. Later she continued her studies with Luis Camnitzer in Lucca, Italy (1981) and at the Granite and Art Institute in Petrasanta, Italy (1988). Since 1978, she has exhibited in important galleries, museums, and biennials. Her work is part of permanent collections in Mexican, Colombian, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan, and American museums, as well as numerous private collections throughout the world. She currently lives and works in Bogotá, Colombia.
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum
10975 SW 17th Street
Miami, FL 33199