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Los Angeles-based artist Eamon Ore-Giron is interested in exploring the intersections of different cultures and identities. His work reflects his deep connections to the Latinx community and is a challenge to the erasure of its stories from art history and the North American public sphere. By drawing upon a broad range of artistic movements and traditions, he produces a fresh visual language that creates new meanings as well as unexpected connections between European, pre-Columbian, contemporary indigenous, and popular Latin American influences.

Ore-Giron created Tras los ojos (Behind the Eyes) for the university’s Department of Psychology. The artwork began as a small painting that was later reproduced as a large digital print on canvas. Its design was inspired in part by ophthalmological diagrams that illustrate how we receive visual information. Ore-Giron’s biography also influenced his decision to focus on the eye. When Ore-Giron was twenty-eight years old, he discovered a small black spot in his vision. At first, he thought it was temporary, but medical tests revealed that he had the same genetic condition that affected his father and ultimately led his family to emigrate to the United States instead of settling in Peru. This experience encouraged Ore-Giron to reflect on the role of anatomy in our perception of reality.

While Tras los ojos (Behind the Eyes) primarily employs the vocabulary of hard-edged geometric abstraction, it also references the natural world. The work’s palette of rich, solid colors evoke the moments before sunset, with a series of conical shapes and gradient rays in shades of purple, sky blue, and pale pink. Ore-Giron describes the gently curving lines at the top of the work as “the stratosphere of the painting,” and “the edge of the atmosphere where things start to bend.” The result is a striking metaphor for the flow of information between the external world and the mind.

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Landmarks announces new commission by artist Eamon Ore-Giron

Large-scale abstraction exploring perception to be celebrated April 27      

AUSTIN, Texas – February 1, 2023 – Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin, announces 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 1/2 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.

“Eamon Ore-Giron is one of the most interesting artists working today,” remarked Landmarks’ Founding Director and Curator Andrée Bober. “The blended cultures represented in both Eamon’s life and art are a fitting reflection of the communities we serve. We are delighted to add his work to our collection and share his unique perspective with our audiences.”

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.”

“In creating Tras los ojos (Behind the Eyes),” remarked Ore-Giron, “I thought about both the scientific and emotional dimensions of our visual perception and how a work of art can function to enhance public space and contribute to an individual’s sense of purpose or belonging. My goal for this piece was to offer a moment of contemplation, inviting students, faculty, and the larger public to engage in reflection and interpretation, ideally echoing the spirit of inquiry being conducted at The University of Texas at Austin.” 


Public Programs

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.


Landmarks Video: Subterranean Homesick Cumbia_Remix

ART Building, 23rd and San Jacinto |The University of Texas at Austin

April 2023 | Free

Landmarks will present Subterranean Homesick Cumbia_Remix, a work of video art by LOS JAICHACKERS, an artist collaborative featuring Ore-Giron and Julio César Morales. It will be screened throughout the month of April as part of Landmarks Video, a program that highlights influential works of video art from the past five decades. Visitors are welcome to view the title at the media station in the ART building at 23rd Street and San Jacinto. The program is open to all and free of charge.




Landmarks is the award-winning public art program of The University of Texas at Austin and the College of Fine Arts. Landmarks’ collection of modern and contemporary art celebrates diverse perspectives, featuring commissioned projects alongside sculptures on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Landmarks inspires thought and growth by making great art free and accessible to all. For more information: landmarksut.org



Born in Arizona to a Peruvian father and a mother of Irish descent, Eamon Ore-Giron (b. 1973) grew up in Tucson. He later spent formative time in Mexico City as well as Huancayo and Lima, Peru, before relocating to Los Angeles, where he is currently based. Ore-Giron received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1996 and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006.

Ore-Giron’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (2022); Anderson Collection at Stanford University (2021); LAXART, Los Angeles (2015); 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica (2012); and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (2005), among others. His exhibition at The Contemporary Austin opens in March. The artist has also been selected to realize major public commissions by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and LA METRO for subway stations in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, respectively. His work is in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Kadist, San Francisco; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Pérez Art Museum Miami; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the United States Consulate General, Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, curated by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies.


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Eamon Ore-Giron project history  

Landmarks commissioned artist Eamon Ore-Giron to create a work of art for the Seay building (SEA), which houses the Department of Psychology. Funding for Tras los ojos (Behind the Eyes) was provided by the SEA capital improvement project for the College of Liberal Arts. Landmarks gives special thanks to the following:  


Andrée Bober and Landmarks 
Jay Hartzell and the Office of the President  
Landmarks Advisory Committee  
Ramón Rivera-Servera and the College of Fine Arts  
Ann Stevens and the College of Liberal Arts 
The Office of Business Strategies and Operations
The Office of Financial and Administrative Services
Sharon Wood and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost  

Project Team  

Nisa Barger, project manager, Landmarks   
Andrée Bober, curator and director, Landmarks 
Duggal Visual Solutions, printing and fabrication   
Bill James, project manager, Campus Construction  
QA Construction Services, Inc., construction  
Eamon Ore-Giron, artist  
Robert Gonzales, art installation  

Special Thanks  

Paul Bardagjy, photography 
Grant Barger, facilities director, Liberal Arts ITS  
Richard Carpenter and RC Creative, videography 
Frank Bross, collections, Landmarks   
Ondine Chavoya, Department of Art and Art History 
Alexandra Clark, assistant professor, Department of Psychology 
Anoush Crane, event planner, Landmarks  
Jane Cohan, James Cohan Gallery 
Madeline Divine, graduate student, Department of Psychology  
Audrey Duarte, professor, Departments of Psychology and Neurology  
Jacqueline Evans, associate professor, Department of Psychology  
André Fuqua, development, Landmarks  
Bill Haddad, technology manager, Landmarks   
Arianna Hernandez-Baptiste, education, Landmarks 
Hirokazu Horikoshi, QA Construction Services, Inc.  
Logan Larsen, communications, Landmarks  
M.E. Laursen, The Contemporary Austin  
Dorothy Lin, design, Landmarks  
sharon maidenberg, The Contemporary Austin
Julie Le, The Contemporary Austin 
Alex Klein, The Contemporary Austin 
Tyler Megehe, Campus Construction 
Marie Monfils, professor, Department of Psychology  
Liz Myrick, department manager, Department of Psychology 
Rachel Nawi, studio manager, Eamon Ore-Giron studio 
David Norr, James Cohan Gallery 
Meaghan Perry, conservator, Momentum Conservation  
Franco Pestilli, associate professor, Department of Psychology  
Florencia Portocarrero, curatorial contributor 
Brian Roberts, associate dean and director, College of Liberal Arts   
Emily Ruotolo, James Cohan Gallery 
David Schnyer, chair, Department of Psychology  
Marina Stark, project manager, Dugal Visual Solutions  
MacKenzie Stevens, director, Visual Arts Center 
Kathleen Brady Stimpert, deputy director, Landmarks  
Stephanie Taparauskas, development, Landmarks 
Joe TenBarge, former assistant dean, Liberal Arts ITS   
Thao Votang, operations, Landmarks  
Catherine Whited, education, Landmarks  
Chen Yu, professor, Department of Psychology  




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