Eamon Ore-Giron: Competing with Lightning

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Eamon Ore-Giron: Competing with Lightning / Rivalizando con el relampágo

Written by Miranda Lash, with contributions by C. Ondine Chavoya and Jace Clayton, Foreword by Nora Burnett Abrams

As an artist, musician, and DJ, Eamon Ore-Giron mines the complex nature of Latinx identity, the history of the Americas, and the many legacies of abstraction in art. This vibrant volume, which accompanies a major solo exhibition at the MCA Denver, is the first to present the evolution of Ore-Giron’s dynamic paintings and sonic practice over the past three decades.  

Over the course of his career, Eamon Ore-Giron has examined the personal and historical ramifications of cultural hybridity. Raised in Tucson, Arizona, Ore-Giron is inspired by his roots in the American Southwest, his visits to his father’s hometown of Huancayo, Peru, and his time spent as a practicing artist in California and Mexico. This exhibition brings together for the first time three pivotal chapters in Ore-Giron’s career: his Southwest and Peruvian-inspired figurative works from the 2000s; his paintings from the 2010s that engaged elements of both figuration and abstraction, including an ongoing series focused on Mesoamerican deities; and the sublime gold-based paintings from his recent “Infinite Regress” series. Organizing curator Miranda Lash, with celebrated scholars C. Ondine Chavoya and Jace Clayton, explore Ore-Giron’s approach to de-colonizing the medium of painting, his impact within in the Los Angeles art scene, and his seminal work as a musician and DJ who highlights the intersections between North and South American sound.