ATLAS EXHIBITION. TINGLADO 1, PORT OF TARRAGONA.
From Abril 26 to June 10, 2018
Tinglado 1, Coast Pier of the Port of Tarragona presents Atlas, the solo exhibition of Lourdes Fisa from April 26 to June 10, 2018
“See a world in a grain of sand.
And a sky in a wild flower.
Have the infinity in the palm of your hand.
And eternity in an hour. ”
How explains the artist “the exhibition Atlas gathers work that have worked on different supports, techniques and formats: painting, engraving and printing, moving image in search of superimposed spaces in a perpetual state of mutation. Textures and added layers are in dialogue with works more transparent that vary with the light that passes through them. The exhibition plays with and adapt to the marina environment, where the water is the protagonist.
Starting from the Panta Rei concept, in classical Greek “everything flows”, attributed to the pre-socratic philosopher Heraclitus, my work has developed inspired by the fact that we live immersed in continuous change.
Atlas collects collections, fragments of ideas, labyrinths of internal transits inspired by maps and territories, in search of spatial representations. The sphere, the maps, the sketches, the drawing lines, become a pictorial gesture and the works evolve and transform over time, exploring relationships and connections.
The proposal of the exhibition is structured with work of different moments and with the intention of combining tempus and finding the union of what is different.
Throughout her artistic career, Lourdes Fisa has evolved a very personal methodology and iconography, as well as a distinctly architectonic style. She builds her paintings in rich layers of boldly structured brushwork, fragments and markings. The resulting various, but coherently eroded, surfaces present the viewer with a multilevel world of signs and meanings.
Colour and line are interposed with words, which emerge and recede in the scraps of printed material she incorporates throughout these works. Her paintings invite the viewer to not only see them, but to read them, and therefore to participate actively in their meaning. Executed with a superb command of mixed media technique that includes collage, acrylic, and coloured grounds, Fisa then alternately scrapes, prints and traces over her surfaces. These paintings evoke ideas about time and the natural world (specifically geology), but they also allude to more subjective concepts, such as liberty, respect, and paradoxically, even our often unstable modern world.
Lourdes Fisa was born in Corbera de Llobregat, Barcelona in 1964. She is an artist with a wide artistic career. She has exhibited around the world at solo exhibitions with various institutions and galleries. She holds a degree in Printmaking from Barcelona University and was awarded an Erasmus Grant to study at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig, and a Cultural Grant from the Generalitat de Catalunya to study at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is included in many prestigious institutions and private collections in Spain and elsewhere.
(text from the catalogue The spirit of Barcelona, Messum’s Gallery, London)
To the image, Lourdes Fisa in her studio.