Grimanesa Amorós is an artist from Peru who lives and works in New York City. Amorós creates sculptural light installations that reference a combination of totora reeds and white foam, two of the most significant natural elements found across this southern Peruvian shore. The artist’s intricate casts of silicone over LED lights appear as incandescent domes, projecting an intricate application of line drawings that deliver these exotic details into the fast-paced framework of urban space.
Amorós’s most recent work focuses on the Uros islands located near the boarder of Peru. Uros was unveiled in December 2011 at the Issey Miyake headquarters located in TriBeCa, New York and transformed an upscale retail space into a public exhibition space that could be experienced from both sides of the building’s façade. The artist used the island motif in a piece titled Golden Uros that appeared at the APaRT Festival in Tarascon, France during July 2011. In conjunction with New York City’s Armory Week earlier that year, the artist featured Uros House in the midst of Times Square. This 10-foot cone-shaped column consisted of domed surfaces that remained lit by LEDs throughout the day and night times.
In addition to her public installations, Grimanesa Amorós had two solo shows in 2011: Video Retrospective at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Alcoy La Sala NETART in Alcoy, Spain and Uros House at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. Amorós’s art has also appeared in numerous group shows and film festivals around the world.
Grimanesa is currently doing a piece for the La Torre de los Vientos as part of the Patronato Ruta de la Amistad A.C. and the World Monuments Fund in Mexico City. Her light sculpture, Uros Island, that is currently on exhibition at the Wereldmuseum in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, will be traveling to the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung, Taiwan, as part of the traveling exhibition Future Pass, which began at this past year’s 54th Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy. The exhibition will open this May. Grimanesa will be having an exhibition of her videos at the Seoul National University Museum in South Korea, and will also give a lecture.