Press date: Friday, November 18th, 11a.m.
Opening: Friday, November 18th, 19p.m.
Duration: November 19th – January 21st, 2006
Joana Vasconcelos, Baltazar Torres, Francisco Queirós, Fabrizio Matos and Rita Magalhaes will be present at the opening.
PORTUGAL TODAY "nine solitaire positions"
The significant work of a young Portuguese artist at this year's Biennal of Venice has again aroused a common interest in Portugal's actual art production. Joana Vasconcelos (* 1971) surprised the visitors of the Arsenale right at the entrance with a huge, oversized candelabra made of tampons: "A Noiva" (The Bride). 14.000 pieces of tampax build up a monument that represents the female being and simultaneously characterize the artist's predominant topic. The exhibition in the gallery will show two major textile works of Joana Vasconcelos: "Pantelmina '3" and "Valquíria Excesso" from 2005.
Both works are of a surreal appearance and remember the textile works of Louise Bourgeois. Also Ana Rito ( 1978) and Catarina Saraiva (* 1973) deal with physicalness and memory in their textile installations.
The works of Rita Magalhães (* 1974) deal with light; on the one hand on a formal basis as she shows a preference for creating light boxes, on the other hand thematically, for her interest in paintings with a special dramaturgy of light. She especially works with paintings from the 17th century which, by readjusting them in photographs, envision time and past space. Also Cecilia Costa (* 1971), who got noticed at the last Biennal of Sidney, works with the medium of photography. She stage-manages surreal duplications of the same person, which put the viewer's capacity of perception to the test. An exciting position in painting is represented by Fabrizio Matos (* 1974), who samples mainly violent film scenes to sequences and puts those into dynamic pictorial spaces.
Francisco Queiro's (* 1972) work is settled between installation and video. Here in Vienna he will show a spacious light installation.
An independent aim to experiment with various media and materials is a remarkable characteristic of many Portuguese artists who were born after the revolution in 1974. The opening of the country after the political change and the associated entrance of pop-culture and mass-media had far more influence on their oeuvres than the political conflicts of their parents (Ana Pinto).
The exhibition in the gallery confronts selected works with two established positions of Portuguese art. The multipartite and colourful paintings of Pedro Calapez (* 1953) as well as the sociocritical, miniature-like objects of Baltazar Torres (* 1961), which presently can be seen in various exhibitions in museums. Both artists should be well known to the friends of our gallery.
Baltazar Torres, and Joana Vasconcelos will be present at the opening. We are looking forward to interesting constellations, inspiring dialogues and to welcoming you at our gallery.
Mario Mauroner & Team
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