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Leo Orta - 'The state'

Leo Orta: The State

Dec 7 6:00 PM - Dec 15 7:00 PM


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design



511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

As an interdisciplinary artist, Leo Orta builds bridges between disciplines to explore, with new technology and production techniques, certain issues that we may encounter in our daily life. His recent series of work investigates the relationship that humans have to specific spaces and challenges the human body within different states. In the exhibition The State Leo Orta explores social networks and interactions and the relationship that humans have with objects in the context of a digital era.

The exhibition comprises of two spaces, a physical and a virtual one. The physical space is a traditional white-cube gallery setting with of a number of works created in Portland, including painting, sculpture, performance and installation. The common thread running between the work is that they involve the artist’s body and the mental and physical conditions he goes through to create the work. The virtual space is a reproduction of the same gallery in Virtual Reality, where each of the physical artworks are duplicated using digital programs that allow the work to be created in a different dimension. In addition to experiencing this double perspective – real-virtual / true-false – the viewer will encounter an imaginary space where a dystopic scenario is being played out. This experience, which exists only in the virtual realm, becomes a metaphor for a reincarnation where a better future can be imagined.

Leo Orta (b. 1993 in Paris, France) is a French, English and Argentinian contemporary artist living and working between Eindhoven and Paris. Leo grew up within an artistic family, mentored by his parents Lucy and Jorge Orta. His ambition has been to imagine and create solutions for a social sustainability. He has embarked on this quest, by studying graphic design in London and Brussels from 2012 to 2014, and in 2015, he moved to the Netherlands to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at the Design Academy Eindhoven, in the Man and Leisure department. Leo continues to investigate the world of art and design within a social context working through interdisciplinary platforms and medias, such as staging performances, collaborating, and creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional responses to raise questions and challenge the viewer.