Exhibition No Dream, The Shop - Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing. August, 2009.
No Dream belongs to a series of works that organize space, that divide and arrange it into a set of intermedial spatial constructions. By doing this they redirect the viewer’s circulation, affecting their perception of space and its contents. These spatial installations are also flexible, they can work on their own as architectural partitions and can also work as exhibition design, in relationship to other art works, either mine or from other artists.
At The Shop No Dream will consist in the installation of a group of fabric panels, which have embroidered drawings based on the work of modernist Argentinean artist Raul Lozza. They will re-configure The Shop and will become a new display: a selection of works by local artists will be installed in and around No Dream aiming to create a dialogue between the different works.
As a way to keep the piece as open as possible these space dividers (or “wall curtains”) will be also set into motion. Following The Shop’s conceptual framework as a space in search of the art object and the gallery as possible situations and expressions of daily processes these wall curtains will be movable, which will allow - if wanted - an almost daily transformation of space, of encounters, of interpretations. Made with the same material as a curtain and used to dived their domestic usability both re-signifies and undermines their conceptuality.
To bring Latin American
Modernism, a specific history, time and place, into The Shop may look at first
as distanced or misplaced yet my interest in this historical review is based
on the possibility of finding possible connections between this specific history
with The Shop’s context and intentions. One key element in Lozza’s
work was the utopian idea of creating a painting system that would merge art,
architecture and design, therefore creating a single and unifying art piece,
a painting that was no longer “a window” yet an object, and hopefully
an object of daily use. For this his final goal was to paint directly onto the
walls: art needed to be integrated into the “daily life”. In this
aspect the project intends to be also a research platform, for me as well as
for the public.
This exhibition therefore
will become an experiment, with no fixed opening or closing date these “wall
curtains” will dialogue with space as well as with The Shop as an identity
as well as with other artist’s art-works as well with the viewer that
encounters and enters The Shop. They will become a tool to be used by The Shop.
A talk and video screening will be organized for which the curtains will be
used as display and as background. No Dream’s intention is to create an
open artwork, a functional dream, incomplete by nature.
painting is not a museum art, a place where man goes, on a fixed schedule, in
search of his ration of aesthetic feelings.
It is an art of "ambiance" that must accompany man in his center of cotidianity; at home, in the public and private buildings, on means of transportation, in the offices, workshops and streets, because it must reach man in the expression of his reality and not at the exhaust pipe that is the exhibition room of a museum"
Art Critic Abraham Haber on the work of Raul Lozza.
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