UT Landmarks announces new public art commission by Eamon Ore-Giron

The Contemporary Austin will concurrently host an exhibition of Ore-Giron's paintings


Landmarks, the University of Texas public art program, announces a new public art project by Los Angeles-based artist Eamon Ore-Giron.

Opening late April, “Tras los ojos (Behind the Eyes),” is a 15 1/2 x 13 foot digital print that was adapted from a commissioned painting by Ore-Giron. The work will be sited in the lobby of the Sarah M. & Charles E. Seay Building, home to the Department of Psychology

“Eamon Ore-Giron is one of the most interesting artists working today,” remarked Landmarks’ Founding Director and Curator Andrée Bober. “The blended cultures represented in both Eamon’s life and art are a fitting reflection of the communities we serve. We are delighted to add his work to our collection and share his unique perspective with our audiences.”

Concurrently, the Contemporary Austin has announced that it will host the exhibition “Eamon Ore-Giron: Competing with Lightning / Rivalizando con el relámpagoan” this spring.

Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the exhibition features paintings from the last 20 years. The show will on view in Austin at the Contemporary’s Jones Center on Congress Avenue from March 3 to August 20.

As part of a multi-disciplinary practice, Ore-Giron creates paintings, music, and video art. He is best known for his abstract geometric paintings that reference indigenous and Latin American craft traditions, as well as 20th-century avant-garde movements such as Russian Suprematism and the Dutch De Stijl movement. His visual language combines symbols and motifs drawn from wide-ranging sources — from pre-Columbian textiles and architecture to European modernism — and is articulated in compositions that place art historical legacies, spanning geographies and time, in dialogue with each other.

Eamon Ore-Giron
Installation view, Eamon Ore-Giron: Competing with Lightning / Rivalizando con el relámpago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, 2022. Artwork © Eamon Ore-Giron. Courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York. Image courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. Photograph by Wes Magyar.
Eamon Ore-Giron
Eamon Ore-Giron. Photograph by Fabian Guerrero.

In “Tras los ojos (Behind the Eyes),” Ore-Giron takes as a point of inspiration the mechanisms of visual perception and the way in which our eyes see and receive information. Referencing the human mind, the title is a nod to the Department of Psychology.

“In creating ‘Tras los ojos (Behind the Eyes)’ I thought about both the scientific and emotional dimensions of our visual perception and how a work of art can function to enhance public space and contribute to an individual’s sense of purpose or belonging. My goal for this piece was to offer a moment of contemplation, inviting students, faculty, and the larger public to engage in reflection and interpretation, ideally echoing the spirit of inquiry being conducted at the University of Texas at Austin.”