ICA Miami presents a new commission, Replicant Stone (2019) by Damián Ortega (b. 1967, Mexico City), the inaugural recipient of the Ezratti Family Prize for Sculpture.
Recognized for his monumental installations and sculptures, Ortega employs honed wit and intellectual rigor to highlight the unrealized social and political undertones of everyday objects. Replicant Stone is a tribute to nature, geometry, and the legacies of Geometric expression. Using the form and effect of Pyrite stone, Replicant Stone considers sculpture as an act of replication. Deeply engaged with the geometric forms of modernism and the mathematics recurring in the world, Ortega proposes a synthesis of manmade and natural forms.
The Ezratti Family Prize for Sculpture is awarded by ICA Miami to a living artist in recognition of her or his exceptional contributions in the area of sculpture and supports the creation of a new commission to be presented in the museum’s Sculpture Garden. Building on the museum’s history of commissioning and presenting new works, the prize reflects ICA Miami’s ongoing commitment to promoting experimentation in artistic practice and providing an international platform for influential voices in contemporary art.