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Opening / Event Date:
20 July, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closing / End Date:
7 September, 2018
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Pace Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by New York-based light artist Leo Villareal. Installed in Pace’s recently-opened gallery in Hong Kong’s new H Queen’s Building, ESCAPE VELOCITY will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Asia and his second exhibition with Pace since joining the gallery in 2016. Villareal works with pixels and binary code to create rhythmic, non-repeating and random compositions in the light. Firmly rooted in abstraction and the psychology of perception, his work is purposefully open-ended and ethereal, encouraging viewers to draw their own interpretations. ESCAPE VELOCITY will be on view July 20 through September 7, 2018, at 12F, H Queen’s, with a special opening reception for the artist on Friday, July 20 from 6 – 8 pm.

The exhibition features three large Cloud Drawings, three new small Cloud Drawings, and three new triptych works, similar to Villareal’s triptych, Signature of the Invisible, recently exhibited by Pace at Art Basel. Composed on a square array of LED lights arranged in columns, each Cloud Drawing has its own unique, randomized sequence that evokes natural phenomena through abstract patterns and emergent, unexpected behaviors of monochromatic light. Villareal’s three 4K OLED triptychs, Evanescence, Floating Bodies, and Corona, stretch over 8 feet wide and display high-resolution particle animations created with the artist’s newly-enhanced custom software that allows him to further extend the clarity and manipulation of light. A delicate black scrim will hang in the gallery, creating a porous boundary between the two series and enhancing the immersive quality of the installation.

Leo Villareal (b. 1967, Albuquerque, New Mexico) works with LED lights to create complex, rhythmic artworks for both gallery and public settings. He focuses on identifying the governing structures of systems and is interested in base units such as pixels and binary code. His installations use custom, artist-created code, which constantly changes the frequency, intensity, and patterning of lights through sequencing. Villareal has created temporary and permanent light works and sculptures for public spaces and museums including the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C; and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Villareal’s winning submission for the Illuminated River International Design Competition will use light and colour in an integrated composition to enliven the bridges of the River Thames in London. The first phase of the project, including four of London’s bridges, is scheduled to be unveiled in spring 2019, with the entire project anticipated for completion in 2022.

Pace is a leading contemporary art gallery representing many of the most significant international artists and estates of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Under the leadership of President and CEO Marc Glimcher, Pace is a vital force within the art world and plays a critical role in shaping the history, creation, and engagement with modern and contemporary art. Since its founding by Arne Glimcher in 1960, Pace has developed a distinguished legacy for vibrant and dedicated relationships with renowned artists. As the gallery approaches the start of its seventh decade, Pace’s mission continues to be inspired by our drive to support the world’s most influential and innovative artists and to share their visionary work with people around the world.

Pace advances this mission through its dynamic global program, comprising ambitious exhibitions, artist projects, public installations, institutional collaborations, and curatorial research and writing. Today, Pace has ten locations worldwide: three galleries in New York; one in London; one in Geneva; one in Palo Alto, California; one in Beijing; two in Hong Kong; and one in Seoul. Pace will open a new flagship gallery in New York, anticipated for completion in fall 2019. In 2016, Pace joined with Futurecity to launch Future\Pace—an international cultural partnership innovating multidisciplinary projects for art in the public realm.


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