First published on 14 June 2018
Guillermo Kuitca at Unlimited, Art Basel 2018
Inspired from a moment of spontaneity, Untitled is the extension of an experience of the artist in the studio. Expanding the pictorial plane, Guillermo Kuitca began to move beyond the ends of the canvas and painted directly onto his studio walls, omitting any distinction between the two surfaces.
Constructed as a free-standing painted environment, from the outside the painted white wood structure of Untitled appears unassuming while much of its ‘back stage’ elements remain visible. Akin to stage design, the work’s construction encourages the viewer to experience a physical encapsulation, crossing the threshold of a doorway into the painted realm, as if onto a private closed set. Related to Kuitca’s earlier explorations of the architecture and atmosphere of the theater, the painted abstract forms on the interior of Untitled pave the way towards a more personal and individual experience while still using the language of stage construction and illusion.