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Untitled (One Colorado, Pasadena) by Jorge Pardo

Posted by Jon Lapointe on 26 April 2011

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Armory Center for the Arts and One Colorado, in Pasadena, California, are pleased to present a new large-scale installation by world-renowned artist Jorge Pardo. The work will be on display from May 20 – November 6, 2011. In conjunction with ArtNight Pasadena, a free public reception will take place on Saturday, May 20th, from 6 -10pm. The new work, called Untitled (One Colorado, Pasadena), will be on view in the One Colorado Courtyard, located in Old Pasadena in the block bounded by Colorado Boulevard, Fair Oaks, Union, and DeLacey.

Jorge Pardo (b. Havana, Cuba, 1963) is an artist whose body of work explores the intersection of contemporary painting, design, sculpture, and architecture. In this temporary exhibition, a 28-foot pepper tree installed in the center of the public courtyard is illuminated by sets of multi-colored translucent globes, designed by the artist, that hang from the branches. Viewers are invited to rest and converse around seating elements, also designed by the artist, that surround the base of the tree. Twinkling light from the illuminated globes dance and fall onto the benches, ground, and viewers from the tree’s vast canopy. Pardo treats the space of One Colorado as his canvas, engaging viewers with a work that produces visual delight while at the same time questioning distinctions between fine art and landscape design.

Winner of a 2010 MacArthur fellow award, Jorge Pardo studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago and received his BFA from Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA in 1988. He has had solo museum exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami; Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona; Dia Art Foundation, New York; Kunsthalle Basel; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. In addition to an exhibition in 2011 at Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, he has had solo shows at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; Haunch of Venison, London; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; Los Angeles; Galleria Emi Fontana, Milan; and Taka Iishi, Tokyo.

Armory Center for the Arts

The Armory Center for the Arts, in Pasadena, California, builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through presenting, creating, teaching, and discussing contemporary visual art. The organization’s department of exhibitions mounts over 25 visual arts exhibitions each year at its main facility and in locations throughout the City of Pasadena. In addition, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to more than fifty schools and community sites. The Armory believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a civil community.

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