Artist: Gregorio Siem
Title: Variable Code - Present and Virtual Spheres
Size: 73h x 600w x 83d cm (28.7h x 236.2w x 32.7d in)
Media: Aluminum, steel, plastic and chrome paint.
'Variable Code - Present and Virtual Spheres' is a sculptureal installation by Gregorio Siem, an artist who has devoted himself to sculpture since 1995, creating work that explores the possibilities of transformation that can be achieved in this medium. Gregorio has had a prolific career as a sculptor whose trajectory is recognized both in Venezuela and on the international scene.
Gregorio Siem graduated in Environmental Studies at St Lawrence College, Kingston, Canada in 1982 and later in Philosophy from the Central University of Venezuela in 1987. In 2004 he obtained a Master in Contemporary Arte at the Armando Reverón Institute.
Gregorio has exhibited frequently as part of solo and group shows both in Venezuela and abroad. Most recently, he has just participated in Art Basel Miami and the Houston Art Fair in the US and in France at the Realités Nouvelles Salon in Paris, at the Abstract Gallery Project as part of a group show called Cinétique II as well as at the Carré Latin Art Fair, also in Paris. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, participating in various artistic experiences.
Speaking about what inspires his practice, the artist has written:
“The whole universe has been codified, everything answers to a mathematical system of representation that allows naming and differentiating it. The language used to name things is a code in itself, music, nature.... math is the base that sustains what we try to understand. We have codified that one millionth part of the universe that we know, and probably someone else, in another world, has maybe codified us.
This alteration creates a rhythm and towards that rhythm I direct my work. It is not the stiffness inherent between man and identity what attracts me, but the security that even everything that pretends to apprehend with codes isn't permanent. Such mutability, such permeability in the universe is what captivates me. When thinking about it we realize that we are just an algorithmic fraction of the cosmos.”