Grandchild of two celebrated artists, Venezuelan architect and sculptor Gego (Gertrud Goldschmidt, born Hamburg, Germany in 1912, settled in Venezuela in 1939), and her partner, artist and designer Gerd Leufert, Elias Crespin was both exposed to and encouraged to experiment with, material form from an early age. With mathematicians as parents, too, it was his technical inclinations that led him to study and work in the fields of computation and mathematics. In 2002, after fifteen years working with software companies, Crespin concentrated his in-depth knowledge and skills on a dedicated practice of art making.

 

The artist’s ability to research and apply new technological methods within his practice puts his work firmly at the intersection of technology and visual art. Ambitious, elegant installations are dominated by arrangements of hand-made geometric elements - suspended spatial forms presented in a variety of display contexts. As self-designing complex computer programs that animate custom software-controlled motors, his kinetic pieces shift and mutate, producing highly nuanced choreographic effects. Dominant in the Venezuelan art scene of his grandmother’s era from the 1950s onwards, kinetics is a form of visual stage management that elicits adaptation of variant forms and patterns. Crespin’s work is a sophisticated exploration of concepts of form, space, movement and time along with the study of colour, light and shadow, materials and texture.

 

Elias Crespin was born in 1965 in Caracas, Venezuela, where he studied Computer Science at the Universidad Central, and since 2008, has lived and worked in Paris. An installation of his is now permanently exhibited at the Louvre Museum. His work has been exhibited in numerous institutions internationally, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Maison de l’Amérique Latine Paris, Le Grand Palais Paris, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton Paris, Boghossian Foundation Brussels, Das Kleine Museum Weissenstadt, Museum Haus Konstruktiv Zürich, Galería de Arte Nacional Caracas, Fundación Sala Mendoza Caracas as well as the Busan Biennale. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection Miami, El Museo del Barrio New York, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Buenos Aires and Das Kleine Museum Weissenstadt.