|Lisson Gallery In Conversation: Angela de la Cruz|
|Lisson Gallery is proud to present a programme of occasional free lunchtime talks, offering a unique opportunity to hear Lisson Gallery artists, other cultural figures and gallery staff discuss art and related topics.|
Each talk gives the opportunity to discover first-hand the thoughts, processes and insights behind the artists' work. Each lecture is free but booking is essential as there are a limited number of places available.
The tenth in the series will be a conversation between Angela de la Cruz, Jenni Lomax and Greg Hilty, Lisson's Curatorial Director about works in Angela's new solo show, 'Transfer' at Lisson Gallery.
Fiercely emotive, de la Cruz's work examines the language of painting and sculpture, challenging the established norms and testing the boundaries of both mediums. It is both unapologetically raw and darkly humorous, possessing a physicality that is as much influenced by the work of comics such as Jacques Tati, Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd as it is by the visceral nature of Goya's painting. Through violent interventions she anthropomorphises her work, manipulating and deconstructing her canvases and materials so that they appear broken, crumpled and collapsed. Twisted and deflated, her works lie as crushed or crumpled bodies on the gallery floor and wall.
The show at Lisson, her first since 2004, draws direct inspiration from the artist's own experience. Many of the works mimic de la Cruz's own physical proportions, blurring the distinction between body and body of works, the artist and the production of art. Often torqued and warped, they function as humorous meditations upon the human body's limitations and failures.
A number of works explore de la Cruz's interest in the elasticity and potentiality of aluminium. Aluminum surfaces project outward from walls and floors, forcing the viewer to directly confront the experience of viewing. These works are dominant and shameless, boldly intruding upon their immediate space.
Yet, stripped of context, they also appear vulnerable and naked, awkwardly exposed against the white walls of the gallery.
Angela de la Cruz is a recent recipient of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists and was also nominated for the 2010 Turner Prize and the 2011 South Bank Sky Arts Awards for Visual Art.
Angela de la Cruz 'In Conversation' with Jenni Lomax and Greg Hilty
Friday 15th April
12.30 - 13.30
52-54 Bell Street, London NW1 5DA
Free admission. Booking is essential.
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Jenni Lomax has been the director of Camden Arts Centre, London since 1990 where she has established an international programme of exhibitions, residencies, artists' projects and public events. She also led the organisation through a major building refurbishment scheme which was completed in early 2004.
Before Camden Arts Centre, Jenni developed and headed up the Community Education and Public Programmes at the Whitechapel Art Gallery throughout the 1980's. Throughout her career she has been involved in an advisory capacity with many arts, education and charitable organisations and various funding bodies and is an external assessor and occasional lecturer for a number of University Fine Art courses.
Camden Arts Centre presented a one person show of Angela de la Cruz in April 2010