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Iran do Espírito Santo, b.1963

Untitled (Keyhole)1999

“‘Untitled (Keyhole)’, is a spherical visualisation of a keyhole. Its surface reflects its surroundings, but we are of course, denied the possibility of delving into its interior and have to content ourselves with moving around it”. Iran do Espírito Santo

Ordinarily, keyholes offer a view into secret spaces while keeping the viewer hidden; they are looked through. The highly polished surface of ‘Untitled (Keyhole)’, 1999, contradicts this by offering an otherworldly distorted reflection of the viewer and their surroundings. Iran do Espírito Santo is known for his sculptures in which everyday objects such as bricks, dice, light bulbs, and food tins are abstracted into simplified geometric forms.

MediumStainless steel
Dimensions 8 x 3.6 x 1.8 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donation, Artist, 2010
EditionEdition Hors Commerce
Item NumberIMMA.3306
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Iran do Espírito Santo, Untitled (Keyhole), 1999, Stainless steel, 8 x 3.6 x 1.8 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donation, Artist, 2010

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Iran do Espírito Santo b.1963

Brazilian artist Iran do Espírito Santo attended the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paolo. His work deals with structure, design, surface, light and material, and is based on a subversion of Minimalism through abstracted everyday items. A refined palette and use of materials including glass, stainless steel, granite, marble and sandstone, give a timeless feel to simple, recognisable objects. Do Espírito Santo has exhibited worldwide, including a solo exhibition at IMMA in 2006.

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