Elias Crespin

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Born in Caracas in 1965, Elias Crespin first studied computer engineering in his native city before becoming an artist in 2002. In 2008 he moved to Paris where he now lives and works.

He produces moving sculptures made of suspended metal mesh or rods that float in space, leading a dance of subtle colour and movements animated by small engines and a sophisticated technological device. Crespin also plays with his materials’ transparency and shadows. An heir to the South American kinetic art movement, he developed a very personal line with his poetic mechanism of geometry.

Crespin’s works were included in the exhibitions Dynamo at the Grand Palais (Paris, 2013), Turbulence at the Cultural Space of Louis Vuitton (Paris, 2012), the Busan Biennale (Busan, 2014) and in the Boghossian foundation.
Biography

2017

  • Lives and works in Paris, France


1965

  • Born in Caracas, Venezuela

Solo Exhibitions

2017

  • Slow Motion, Maison de l’Amérique latine, Paris, France


2015

  • Chorégraphies géométriques, Das Kleine Museum, Weissenstadt, Germany


2014

  • Mobiles, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France

  • Mouvements. De fil(s) et d’air, Designers’ Days 2014 in collaboration with Tai Ping, Hôtel de Livry, Paris, France

  • Temps suspend, De La Marine Gallery, Nice, France


2012

  • Elias Crespin, Musée en Herbe, Paris, France

  • Parallels, Cecilia de Torres Ltd., New York, NY, U.S.A.


2011

  • Visionary Collection Vol. 14. Elias Crespin Electrokinetics, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland


2010

  • Hiperficies. Ars Longa Gallery, Paris, France


2006

  • Electrocinéticas, Canal Centro de Producción Cultural, Caracas, Venezuela

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

  • Lumière et mouvement, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France

  • XIII Bienal de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador

  • The global south: visions and revisions from the Brillembourg Capriles collection, Mana Wynwood, Miami, FL, USA

  • Affinités abstraites, Galerie Wagner, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France

  • Dialogue. Ding Yi Elias Crespin, Hadrien de Montferrand Gallery, Beijing, China

  • Transparence, Galerie Denise René, Paris, France

  • Hommage au carré, Galerie Wagner, Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, France

  • Visión constructive, Espacio Monitor, Caracas, Venezuela

  • On blue, Denise René Gallery, Paris, France

  • Everybody is crazy, but me, Maison particulière, Brussels, Belgium

  • Cercle et carré, Denise René Gallery, Paris, France


2015

  • Vers une architecture de lumière, Chartreuse de Villeneuve lès Avignon, France

  • Cinétique numérique aujourd’hui, Denise René - Espace Marais Gallery, Paris, France

  • Mapping Festival, Genève, Suisse

  • L’art et le numérique en résonance 2/3 : Ré-émergence, Maison populaire, Montreuil, France

  • Noir et blanc, Denise René Gallery, Paris, France

  • Editions et multiples, Denise René Gallery, Paris, France


2014

  • Inhabiting the world, Busan Biennale, Busan, Korea

  • Homage to Denise René, Espace-Expression, Miami, FL, U.S.A.

  • Drawing in Space, Galleria Monica De Cardenas, Zuoz - St. Moritz, Switzerland

  • Horizon nécessaire, Musée Passager, Île-de-France region itinerant museum

  • Structures de l’invisible, Galerija Klovicevi dvori, Zagreb, Croatia / Fondation Vasarely, Aix-en-Provence, France


2013

  • Mouvements et Lumières, Centre d’art contemporain Frank Popper, Marcigny, France

  • Em movimento, Galeria Raquel Arnaud, São Paulo, Brazil

  • Cinetik!, Fondation Stämpfli, Sitges, Spain

  • Turbulences II, Villa Empain - Fondation Boghossian, Brussels, Belgium

  • Intersecting Modernities: Latin American Art from the Brillembourg Capriles Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, U.S.A.

  • Dynamo. Un siècle de lumière et de mouvement dans l’art. 1913 – 2013, Grand Palais, Paris, France

  • Art cinétique, art numérique, Denise René Espace Marais Gallery, Paris, France

  • Inner Journeys, La Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium

  • Made in Light, Fondation Vasarely / Espace Fondation EDF / Christie’s

  • Des gestes de la pensée, La Verrière - Fondation Hermès, Brussels, Belgium


2012

  • Exposition de groupe, Denise René Gallery, Paris, France

  • Diálogos Contemporáneos desde la Collección, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela

  • Hommage à Denise René, Denise René Gallery, Paris, France

  • Constructed Dialogues: Concrete, Geometric, and Kinetic Art from the Latin American Art Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, U.S.A.

  • Turbulences, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France


2011

  • Cosmopolitan Routes, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, U.S.A.

  • Once Tipos del 11, Fundación Sala Mendoza, Caracas, Venezuela


2009

  • North Looks South. Building the Latin American Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, U.S.A.

  • Writings, Cecilia de Torres Ltd., New York, NY, U.S.A.


2008

  • Life Forms, Kinetica Museum, London, U.K.


2005

  • 63 Salón Michelena, Ateneo de Valencia, Valencia, Venezuela

  • II Mega Exposición Homenaje à Jesús Soto, Galeria de Arte Nacional, Caracas, Venezuela / Museo del Estado Miranda, Los Teques, Venezuela

  • Ingravidez, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Zulia, Maracaibo, Venezuela / Museo Jacobo Borges, Caracas, Venezuela


2004

  • Ingravidez, Ateneo de Cabudare, Cabudare, Venezuela

  • Mutaciones en el espacio, Museo del Estado Miranda, Los Teques, Venezuela

event.awards

2005

  • Premio Armando Reverón, 61 Salón Arturo Michelena, Ateneo de Valencia, Valencia, Venezuela


2004

  • Artist’s Choice Award, ArtBots 2005, Saints Michael and John’s Church, Dublin, Ireland