CARLOS ESTEVEZ: HOMO LUDENS
Carlos Estevez' recent exhibition at Couturier Gallery on Saturday April 2nd 2016 was filled with sculptural wonders that brought a sense of Calder into the gallery room. Estevez, a Cuban sculptor and painter, definitely puts that South-American spin on his work. In a world saturated by painters it is nice to see someone doing something different in the contemporary art world.
I am one who gets easily bored of the same picture over and over. With Estevez one doesn't tire of looking at his complex thread-like pieces. Faces with buttons and string create a joyful presence in the room. There were plenty of visitors to mark the occasion and I was extremely happy to a generally positive reception by a fickle LA crowd.
"Homo Ludens" means "playing man" in Spanish and it may be a a coincidence with the same title of the book written in 1938 by Dutch historian and cultural theorist Johan Huizinga. Nevertheless the work has that play element that is important in both the creative life of an artist and humans in general.
BY JIM KAPSALIS
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