Now when we are ending the lock down and quarantine here in Spain, it feels good to present as last video up (we hope, and due to our government’s latest regulations…) by the artist and close friend who is the reason why we opened up our gallery.
Gispert’s films, Cinemascope-looking mini-extravaganzas, constantly shift between portraiture and complex narratives. The 12-minute Stereomongrel (2005), directed by Gispert and Jeffrey Reed centers on the spiritual awakening of a 12-year-old protagonist. She journeys to the Whitney Museum, encounters two Spanglish-speaking security guards and a pair of “curators” who don wacky costume jewellery and disfiguring prosthetics. With the help of computer imaging, Gispert conveys the visceral emotions of religious ecstasy by rendering luminous lines and waves that emanate from some of the characters in the film.
Directors Luis Gispert and Jeffrey Reed met and began collaborating as MFA candidates in Yale's Graduate Sculpture program in 2001.
Gispert’s work is inspired by a cultural amalgamation of music, cinema, urban/pop culture, car culture, and the lyrical theatrics of hip hop. Lundgren Gallery will have an upcoming solo show with Luis Gispert this fall with new works (paintings).
Luis Gispert was born in 1972 Jersey City, New Jersey. He has exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America and the Middle East including MOCA North Miami, FL; Whitney Museum of or American Art at Altria, New York; PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Studio Museum of Harlem, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK; His work has also been included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, New York, NY; Private collections include Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
Stereomongrel premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art in September 2005.