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Elias Crespin Chronomorphosis

2024-03-15 to 2025-01-26

Elias Crespin's mobile sculptures move slowly and gracefully in intricate, precise formations, seemingly floating freely in the air. Circles, squares, lines, and triangles in metal or acrylic, suspended by barely noticeable nylon threads, create geometric choreographies based on mathematical algorithms. Through continuous motion, seemingly endless variations emerge. Shapes expand and fragment, only to glide together into coherent figures; chaos gives way to order, complexity to simplicity. The sculptures are controlled by a multitude of programmed motors concealed beneath the gallery ceiling. These subtle and hypnotically evocative works invite contemplation on form, space, movement, and time, as well as the relationship between art and science. 
Crespin gained significant attention for his piece Grand HexaNet, which was showcased in the 2018 Artists & Robots exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris. This led to his commission to create a permanent work for the Louvre in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the museum’s iconic pyramid entrance. With his work L'Onde du Midi, he stands today as one of the two living artists represented at the Louvre. 
Bildmuseet now presents Elias Crespin's work for the first time in the Nordic countries. The exhibition is produced by Bildmuseet. 

Elias Crespin (b. 1965, Venezuela) is a trained computer engineer and was active in Caracas until 2008. Today, he resides and works in Paris. His works have been presented in biennials and prominent venues in numerous countries, including at the Cuenca Biennial, Ecuador; the Busan Biennale, South Korea; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, USA; the Grand Palais and Musée de la Musique in Paris, France; the Boghossian Foundation, Maison Particulière, and Verrière Hermès in Brussels, Belgium; ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medien in Karlsruhe, Germany; and UCCA Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, China. His works are held in collections at renowned institutions, including the Louvre and Maison de l'Amérique Latine in Paris, France; the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and El Museo del Barrio in New York, USA; and MALBA, the Buenos Aires Museum of Latin American Art, Argentina.