Art Basel Hong Kong 2016 | Discoveries: Luke Diiorio

24 - 26 March 2016

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to present a solo booth by young US artist, Luke Diiorio, as part of Discoveries at Art Basel Hong Kong from 24 to 26 March 2016.


Drawing on the formal vernacular of Minimalist painting, Diiorio’s works are made through a meticulous process of painting, stitching and folding. Transgressing the boundary between painting and sculpture, the artist’s compositions play with notions of visibility and materiality. Diiorio, who has been receiving much critical attention over the past year, will turn the booth at the fair into an immersive experience featuring six new, hand-folded paintings.


Discussing the work for Art Basel Hong Kong, Diiorio explains that ‘the walls of the booth will be lined entirely with unique fabric. This will serve as both background and an (sculptural) installation for a series of six paintings. I have used the same fabric as source material for the paintings themselves, which I have hand folded and stretched over wooden panels. The material itself consists of a multitude of narrow and lengthy sections of striped linen, treated with bleach, color pigments and paint, applied with an industrial spray gun. The sections are sewn together vertically to create a large canvas in order to be folded and brought back down to size to fit over the panel. The paintings are a continuation of the fabric with which they are made, purposefully set against a more liberated version of their origin. This relationship highlights my interest in indefinite states of existence and random logic.’


Luke Diiorio lives and works in New York having received his MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2013. Recent exhibitions include solo presentations at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, Robert Blumenthal Gallery, New York and Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles. Recent group shows include those at Super Dakota, Brussels and Kinman Gallery, London. His work has recently been profiled in Interview Magazine; Art in America; The Wall Street Journal; This is Tomorrow and The International New York Times.


The artist will be present at Art Basel Hong Kong for the first few days of the fair