Eduardo Chillida’s Extraterrestrial Art
Physical and visual, titanic and dynamic, these immensely scaled sculptures will induce spiritual awakenings.
Eduardo Chillida, a master of expressing frenetic movement in frozen form, collides mind-blowing chunky iron hulks with time, space, nature and place. He creates cosmic, geometric cutouts that channel cryptic alien hieroglyphics and mystical meanings from far away worlds. Born in Madrid, Spain in the early 20’s, he painted, chiseled and terraformed his way to the tip-top by constructing some of the most tremendous monuments and sculptures the world has ever seen.
Powerhouse gallery Hauser & Wirth — one of the most vibrant art venues ever — has joined forces with the Spanish artist’s estate in order to showcase his alien ornaments for the whole world to marvel at.
Chillida cut his teeth early on by engineering site-specific, monumental sculptures fabricated from steel, iron, wood, cement, clay, paper, stone, plaster, etc. “I am always trying to do what I don’t know how to do,” he once said. “I work with wide range of materials and mediums.” Drawing inspiration from analytic philosophy and metaphysics, he originated work that is physically titanic, theoretically brainy and really, really breathtaking.
Imbibing philosophy, physics and plenty of poetry, and concatenating kooky and spooky materials, Chillida’s work is a response to notions of space-time, infinity and spirituality; his art probes axiomatic assumptions about the universe and is an expression of motion, velocity, tension and temporality. He was animated by free thinkers and freakers like Alexander Calder, Katsushika Hokusai, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Martin Heidegger, Pablo Neruda, Emil Cioran and more. Hmmm, no wonder we love his mathematically gutsy, perception-altering fields and fortresses. At VIVISXN, we’re totally awe-struck by his otherworldly work. Go worship Eduardo Chillida at Hauser & Wirth asap and experience profound aesthetic epiphanies. Our all-time faves below…
Images via Eduardo Chillida + Hauser & Wirth
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