Artist I Love: Daniel Buren in Mexico

I’ve written before about Daniel Buren, the renowned French conceptualist that does site-specific installations. Over the years, I’ve been inspired by his bold use of stripes, colors, and geometric patterns, and the juxtaposition of his work against the iconic buildings in which he chooses to display them.

Buren has a striking new installation at the Cabañas Institute, which is housed in the Hospicio Cabañas, a monumental neoclassical building and UNESCO world heritage site in Guadalajara, Mexico. The work is featured in 18 patios and the chapel of the building, which once served as a huge hospital. As always, Buren uses stripes and dynamic color compositions throughout the installation in unexpected and intriguing ways. But perhaps even more interesting are his clever placement of large-scale mirrors, chosen specifically to trick the eye, visually fragmenting the architecture in places, while expanding it in others. I can’t get enough of this installation!

I would love to visit this show (maybe an excuse for a trip?), but even the pictures are making me think about new ways to use stripes and color in my own projects.

Here are some of my favorite images from the installation:

Photocredit Galeria Hilario Galguera3

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Photocredit Gustavo Cruz6

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Photocredit Lisson Gallery - La Capilla, De la Cupula a la Rotunda - Daniel Buren

Photocredit Galeria Hilario Galguera6

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Photocredit Gustavo Cruz2

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Photocredit Gustavo Cruz4

Photocredit Gustavo Cruz3

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Photocredit Gustavo Cruz

Photocredit Galeria Hilario Galguera

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Photo credits: 1-3, 5, 7-11, 14, 15, 18 Galeria Hilario Galguera; 4, 7-11, 14, 15, 17, 19, 20 Gustavo Cruz; 6 Lisson Gallery

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Blog to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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