(Caracas, Venezuela, 1965)
His training in engineering and computer science is essential for the development of his work, which combines two universes: art and programming. The encounter with the work of Jesús Rafael Soto led him to discover the potential of abstraction as a form of mathematical representation. His first artwork, Malla electrocinética I (2004), is the result of a reflection process on the mathematics of movement. By using motors controlled by custom software, he manages to animate geometric modules whose kinetic metamorphosis alludes to both dance and mathematical analysis.
In 2018, Crespin was commissioned by the Louvre Museum to develop L’Onde du Midi (2020), a large-scale mobile sculpture in which 128 metal cylinders hang from nylon cables connected to programmed engines that generate algorithmically-driven movement. The undulations and transformations of the piece create a choreography whose motifs are the lines and planes of the museum’s architecture, materializing the abstraction of the formal continuities between work and space. Crespin’s research concerns time, form, and movement, not only as kinetic elements tied to aesthetics, but also as mathematical elements, tied to analysis and programming.
His works have been exhibited in several international solo and group exhibitions, including the International Exhibition in Astana; the XIII Cuenca Biennial; the Busan Biennial in Korea; the Grand Palais; the Maison de l'Amérique Latine; the Musée de la Musique in Paris; the Musee de Louvre; the Fondation Boghossian; the Verrière Hermès in Brussels; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH); and the Ullens center for contemporary art in Beijing.
Currently lives and works in Paris, France.