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Iván Navarro,
Iván Navarro, "Plunder (Dubai Towers - Doha)," neon, wood, paint, Plexiglass, mirror, one-way mirror and electric energy, 98" x 40.5" x 7", 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York. Photo by Mark Markin.

Iván Navarro

Heaven or Las Vegas
June 21 - Oct. 14, 2012

The SCAD Museum of Art presents a solo exhibition by artist Iván Navarro. In "Heaven or Las Vegas," Navarro has created a series of neon light wall sculptures based on the floor plans of 12 of the world’s best known skyscrapers, including the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai, Lotte World Tower in Busan, and the Twin Towers in New York.

These buildings were chosen not only for their ambitious innovations in design and engineering but also for the historical paradigm of the global spread of Western architecture. Through a positioned play of mirrors and light, viewers have the experience of looking up into the interior elevation of each building. Many of the actual buildings are more than 1,000 feet high.

Within each work, Navarro has incorporated significant words or phrases like BURDEN, RHYME and PLUNDER, which echo through each structure’s illusory depth.

Artist lecture: Sept. 26, 7-8 p.m.

Reception: Sept. 28, 7-8:30 p.m.

The exhibition, reception and artist talk are free with SCAD Museum of Art admission.

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Artist bio

Iván Navarro

Born in Santiago, Chile, Iván Navarro is known internationally for his socio-politically charged sculptures of neon, fluorescent and incandescent light. In 2009, he represented Chile in at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

Recent solo and group exhibitions include the Prospect.2 Biennial in New Orleans (2011); Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York (2010); Distrito 4 in Madrid (2010); Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem, Israel (2010); Tierra de Nadie in Caja de Burgos, Spain (2010); Towner Contemporary Art Museum in Eastbourne, United Kingdom and Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris (2009); Greenaway Art Gallery-Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts in Australia (2008); Centro Cultural Matucana 100 in Santiago, Chile (2007); Witte de With in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2006); and MOCA at Goldman Warehouse in Miami (2006).

His work is held in the public and private collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (Richmond, Virginia), Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (Paris), Towner Contemporary Art Museum, (Eastbourne, UK), LVMH Collection (Paris), Saatchi Collection (London), Martin Z. Margulies Warehouse (Miami, Florida), and Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea (Santiago de Compostela, Spain).

He currently lives and works in Brooklyn.