Narwhal Art Projects is pleased to present IN-BETWEEN, the first Canadian solo exhibition with Miami artist/designer Alvaro Ilizarbe (aka FREEGUMS). IN-BETWEEN features Ilizarbe exploring space, patterns, and the energy that lies in-between. Not limited to the edges of the canvas, the Narwhal exhibition space will be an immersive op-art experience – a series of hallucinogenic black and white patterns on amorphous wooden pieces disguised on identically patterned wallpaper. The wood paintings’ swirling lines blend seamlessly into the background, becoming one. Contrasting line work creates a visual vibration and a tension within the environment, playing with the viewers’ conscious interpretation. Through this installation and body of paintings, Alvaro is revealing the awareness of spatial energy that lies between oneself and the object.
IN-BETWEEN runs from May 13- June 12 with an opening reception Friday, May 13 from 7-10pm.
The creative wit behind the state of mind described as Freegums is Miami based artist Alvaro Ilizarbe. A staple of the South Floridian lifestyle, Ilizarbe came to Miami from his home country of Peru in 1989. After graduating with a BA in design, a desire to make his innovative work widely accessible led both quickly and logically to the inception of the Freegums clothing label.
With an ardent appreciation for madcap aesthetics, comfort, and individuality, Freegums trans- form the everyday garment into a timeless personal gesture. Featured in art shows, boutiques and publications internationally, the Freegums collection cannot be classified as a street-wear brand or high-fashion line, but rather as a conceptually-based art project label manifesting in fashion, design, video, installation and performance.
Runs May 13 – June 12, 2010
Acrylic on wood 38″ x 88″
Acrylic on wood 37 x 49″
Acrylic on wood 49 x35″
Acrylic on wood 47 x 32″
Acrylic on wood 60 x 41″
Acrylic on wood 55 x 44″