Landmarks announced today a new public art project by Los Angeles-based artist Eamon Ore-Giron. Opening late April, Tras los ojos (Behind the Eyes), is a 15 x 13 foot digital print that was adapted from a commissioned painting by Ore-Giron. The work will be sited in the lobby of the Sarah M. & Charles E. Seay Building, home to the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts.
As part of a multi-disciplinary practice, Ore-Giron creates paintings, music, and video art. He is best known for his abstract geometric paintings that reference indigenous and Latin American craft traditions, as well as 20th-century avant-garde movements such as Russian Suprematism and the Dutch De Stijl movement. His visual language combines symbols and motifs drawn from wide-ranging sources – from pre-Columbian textiles and architecture to European modernism – and is articulated in compositions that place art historical legacies, spanning geographies and time, in dialogue with each other.
In Tras los ojos (Behind the Eyes), Ore-Giron takes as a point of inspiration the mechanisms of visual perception and the way in which our eyes see and receive information. Referencing the human mind, the title is a nod to the Department of Psychology and their work within the Seay Building. The mural’s totemic design draws from Brazilian Tropicalia, Latin American Concretism, Italian Futurism, and Russian Constructivism, with layers that project a sense of depth and motion. Circular forms, inspired by ophthalmological eye charts, are juxtaposed with a hard-edged zig zag punctuating the center of the composition. The artist described the top of the work’s gently curving lines as the stratosphere, or “the edge of the atmosphere, where things start to bend.”
Read the full press release on Landmark’s press page.
In Conversation: Eamon Ore-Giron, C. Ondine Chavoya, and Florencia Portocarrero
Jones Center Rooftop | The Contemporary Austin
April 27 | 6 PM | Free
Ore-Giron’s commission for Landmarks coincides with a presentation of the artist’s work at The Contemporary Austin. Landmarks and The Contemporary will celebrate both projects with a co-presented artist conversation on April 27 at 6 PM. Ore-Giron will be joined by C. Ondine Chavoya, Professor of Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, and Florencia Portocarrero, curatorial contributor for Landmarks. Hosted on the rooftop of The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, this panel discussion is free and open to the public.
Study for Tras los ojos (Behind the Eyes), 2023
Digital ink on canvas after an original painting
Commission, Landmarks, The University of Texas at Austin, 2023