Jorge Pardo sculpture installation opens at Landcraft Gardens

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Jorge Pardo sculpture installation opens at Landcraft Gardens
Jorge Pardo, Untitled, 2024. Ceramic tiles, 96 inches in diameter, at Landcraft Garden Foundation. Photo by Randee Daddona.

MATTITUCK, NY.- The Landcraft Garden Foundation announces the 2024 season of Sculpture in the Garden featuring the work of acclaimed Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo. The 4th annual outdoor exhibition is on view at Landcraft Gardens from June 8 through October 26, 2024, and is curated by the internationally–celebrated artist Ugo Rondinone. One of the treasures of the North Fork of Long Island, Landcraft Gardens opened for its fourth season on May 4.

Jorge Pardo is internationally known for his sculptures, installations, and paintings that explore their own functionality within architecture and landscape. For Landcraft Gardens, he presents three circular mosaic sculptures and a chaise lounge. Comprised of hundreds of multi-colored ceramic tiles produced in Guadalajara, Mexico, the 8-foot round mosaics have been installed on the grounds, nestled amid lush plantings. Since the 1990s, Pardo has worked with mosaics that have been seen in exhibitions and for public and private commissions. This is the artist’s first outdoor mosaic sculpture and is composed of signature design elements and patterns that can be seen in prior works. The lounger, made of colorful slabs of Birch plywood with automotive acrylic enamel paint, is a collaboration between Pardo and British artist Liam Gillick, who have known each other for the past 30 years.

Concurrent with his exhibition at Landcraft Gardens, an exhibition of Pardo’s work will open in New York City at Petzel Gallery in September.

Rondinone noted, “Jorge Pardo pursues the labyrinthine paths of sculpture’s long history, producing works that reflect an altogether contemporary state of mind while drawing liberally from modernist, ancient, esoteric and popular lineages. His unique polymathic sensibility in art, design, and architecture has allowed him to produce works that connect all ways of making, with the archetypal forces that bind the craftsperson’s labor to the universe-shaping mechanisms that bring the world into being.”

Landcraft Gardens offers four acres of botanical gardens surrounded by nearly ten acres of meadows, which are open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays. The Foundation seeks to activate the artistic community of the North Fork with annual exhibitions that provide opportunities to view sculpture in dialogue with natural flora.

The inaugural Sculpture in the Garden was launched in 2021 with the work of artist Ned Smyth. In 2022, the series featured work by the artists Sam Moyer and Eddie Martinez. Last year, acclaimed artist Virginia Overton presented her sculpture. All exhibitions were curated by Ugo Rondinone, a member of the Landcraft Garden Foundation Art Advisory Board.

Jorge Pardo was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1963 and studied at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Pardo’s artwork explores the intersection of contemporary painting, design, sculpture, and architecture.

Employing a broad palette of vibrant colors, eclectic patterns, and natural and industrial materials, Pardo’s works range from murals to home furnishings to collages to larger-than-life fabrications. He often transforms familiar objects into artworks with multiple meanings and purposes, such as a set of lamps displayed as both sources of illumination and as freestanding sculptures, or a sailboat exhibited as both a utilitarian, seaworthy vessel and as a striking obelisk. Working on small and monumental scales, Pardo also treats entire public spaces as vast canvases. Pardo engages viewers with works that produce great visual delight while questioning distinctions between fine art and design.

Pardo’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions including the Savannah College of Art and Design, GA (2023); Pinacoteca de Estado São Paulo, São Paulo (2019); Hacienda la Rojeña, Tequila, MX (2019); Victoria Miro, London (2018); Petzel, New York (2017); José García, Mérida, MX (2016); David Gill Gallery, London (2015); Musée des Augustins, Toulouse (2014); neugerriemschneider, Berlin (2014); Gagosian Gallery, New York (2010); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2010); K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2009); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2008); and Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2007).

Work by Pardo is part of numerous public collections including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Jorge Pardo has been the recipient of many awards including the MacArthur Fellowship Award (2010); the Smithsonian American Art Museum Lucelia Artist Award (2001); and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (1995). Jorge Pardo currently lives and works between Merida, Mexico, and the North Fork.

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