Thursday, July 24, 2008

Friday, May 09, 2008

Abissology / a new concept


Natxo Checa is the director of ZDB in Lisbon. He curated João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva’s recent exhibition, For a Transitory Science of the Indiscernible: Abissology produced by ZDB and on view at the Galeria do Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional from February 8–April 13.

João Maria Gusmão e Pedro Paiva, Nameless Bone (right: sculpture), Ocular Eclipse (left: film projection), 2007. Abissology Exhibition View. Courtesy of ZDB.
João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva are up-and-coming artists whose work focuses mainly on creating fictional models, and inventing works based on literary sources that sustain them. They recently presented their work in a ZDB-produced exhibition in Lisbon, curated by Natxo Checa entitled
For a Transitory Science of the Indiscernible: Abissology.

Abissology was created in five different international artist residencies in Angola, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Morocco—all organized by ZDB. Comprised of works created in different media—namely 22 short films; glass, bronze, and bone sculptures; installations; and photography—this exhibition introduces a new fictional model called “Abissology,” or the science that studies the abyss, which is the result of the artistic practice of the artists. This model is reflected in the fiction they create, which is concerned with the literary composition of a specific science of the bodies, designed accordingly to the phenomenological/ontological condition of the visible minimum, what is almost unseen, and what has almost no existence to a beholder.
The term refers to a neologism found in Rene Daumal’s book La Grande Beuverie, a satirical novel with metaphysical contours. The discovery of this literary term in the context of Gusmão and Paiva’s artistic practice is reflected in a new fiction that concerns an experimental procedure that we can also find in the artists’ previous joint project: Magnetic Effluvium. We can approach Abissology as a fictional subject with literary roots as diverse as the materialistic poetry of Alberto Caeiro, the pre-Socratic Atomists, Epicurus and Lucretius, the descriptions of isolation inside natural glacier chambers as recounted by Michel Siffre, and even in the philosophical-literary constructions edified by Nietzsche or Gustav Meyrink.


Biology is no different from photography, video, or computers, in that it can be used as an art medium.
The use of biology as an art medium is not a recent phenomenon. It is likely that ever since early humans have started domestication, animals and plants have been selected, and consequently modified, based on aesthetic values. Modern biology made possible the modification of life in an extremely controlled way, but also offered access to many other techniques: from protein structure analysis to direct visualization of neurons in the living brain. This technology offers new visual opportunities for artists willing to cross the borders between what have been different disciplines.
My work takes advantage of the possibilities modern biology offers to artists. I have been trying not only to portray the recent advances of biological sciences, but to incorporate biological material as new art media: DNA, proteins, cells and organisms offer an opportunity to explore novel ways of representation and communication. Consequently, although lacking formal scientific training, my recent artistic activity has been conducted in research laboratories.
In 1999 I created my first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Such changes were achieved by interfering with the normal development of the wing, inducing the development of a new pattern never seen before in nature. The butterfly wings remain exclusively made of normal cells, without artificial pigments or scars, but designed by an artist. Thus, these wings are an example of something simultaneously natural, but resulting from human intervention. The new patterns are something that never existed in nature, and that rapidly disappear from nature not to be seen again. These artworks literally live and die. They are an example of art with a lifespan—the lifespan of a butterfly.
Since then, I have has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualized (Functional Portraits, 2002) for instance I created a self-portrait incorporating images of my brain activity while drawing inside the MRI scanner.
More recently, I created a sculpture consisting of the three-dimensional structure of a protein with an amino-acid sequence spelling my own full name (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007): MARTAISAVELSWVRALRIBEIRWDEMENESESDASILVAGRACA
As my name incorporates my father’s name, my mother’s name, as well as my husband’s name—it portraits my own history and some of the decisions I have made. In a different project I used bacteria being developed as a tool to remediate pollution generated by the textile industry to create paintings that would progressively disappear during the course of an exhibition (Decon: Deconstruction, Decontamination, Decomposition, 2007). The bacteria are effective in degrading dyes.
In Tree of Knowledge, 2005 I created sculptures representing the three-dimensional structure of neurons, using live neurons as the medium. By covering a scaffold with live neurons, or by filling glass tubes with these cells, one can achieve a representation of the delicate structure, maintaining the dynamic nature of a neuron: always changing, establishing new connections, eliminating old ones, growing, living. It is important to note that this strategy is not an attempt to represent reality as accurately as possible, but simply to explore the material that seems more adequate to represent such a living object.
Such sculptures, like many of the artworks mentioned, are a form of art that like us can grow, age, and die. These are examples of artworks that are literally alive.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

CLIP to be seen (Delikatessen aus Valencia) PRE-MEMORIES


Thursday, April 17, 2008

NY Arts Beijing Newsletter in Chinese click here

International Top News
Sony World Photography Awards to be shown at Palais des Festivals in Cannes The Sony World Photography Awards incorporates eleven Professional Award categories with a winner in each category, a Lifetime Achievement Award and proudly presents "L’ iris d’Or" – the Sony World Photography Awards, Photograph of the Year, whose winner claims the $25,000 prize. (Artdaily, April 16, 2008)
Read more >>140 Renowned Galleries from Germany and Abroad will be on Hand at ART COLOGNE 2008
After a thorough upgrading of exhibitor quality, a select group of 140 galleries will be showcasing works in categories ranging from modernism to contemporary art from 16th to 20th April at ART COLOGNE 2008. (Artdaily, April 16, 2008)
NY Arts May- June 2008 Editorial Preview
Where Are You From?
Where are you from? is an exhibition about curatorial and artistic exploration. It is an exhibition that acknowledges that the contemporary Portuguese artist wanders far from home, settling elsewhere in Europe, in the U.S., in Africa, or Asia for a time, absorbing ideas and influences and then bringing them back to feed the art milieu of Lisbon or Porto or Évora. This exhibition also acknowledges the journeying of the curators (Jane Gilmor and Lesley Wright), colleagues from central Iowa who travel, often, away from the Midwest to see art and artists in other cities, other countries, and on other continents. In this particular exhibition, the focus is on art they found in Portugal. The resulting exhibition takes that art on its own unexpected journey, from Portugal to Iowa.

Narrative Noise in the Work of Brian Bress
At first glance, it would seem that the work of Brian Bress is completely inscrutable. This is a bit odd considering the interpretive translucency of collage, the medium at the heart of his multi-faceted practice. How is it that art with so much figuration, narrative, and cultural referencing seems to resist interpretation, except in terms of the formal concerns of color and composition? Therein lies the clue. Bress works with visual codes whose very familiarity has stripped them of their meaning. He exploits the viewer’s impulse to search for meaning by speaking in a visual language that hovers just on the edge of legibility.
Check out this Review: War Games by Vince Aletti (The New Yorker, April 15, 2008)
Openings and Art Events on Thursday, April 17, 2008
Thursday, April 17
New York:-- Boris Zaborov, 7-9pm @ Mimi Ferzt Gallery-- Lucky Draw @ SculptureCenter -- The Places of Inspiration @ Broadway Gallery-- Victor Pesce, 6-8 @ Elizabeth Harris Gallery-- Roberto Juarez, 6-8 @ Charles Cowles Gallery-- John Dubrow, 6-8 @ Lori Bookstein Fine Art-- Jyoti Duwadi, 6:30-8:30 @ Sundaram Tagore Gallery-- Junghi Han, 5-8 @ Pleiades Gallery-- Gerry Snyder, 6-8 @ Claire Oliver Gallery-- Chris Scarborough: Warbabies, 6-8 @ Foley Gallery-- Bruce Dorfman, 6-8 @ KOUROS Gallery-- Feng Shuo: Tales @ Marlborough Chelsea-- Tamara Kostianovsky, 6-8 @ Black & White Gallery Chelsea-- Elizabeth Peyton, 6-8 @ Gavin Brown's Enterprise-- Marco Breuer and Arnold Helbling, This is Karate, 6-8 @ Von Lintel Gallery
-- Game Day-Intersections of Art and Sport @ T-Club Lounge (MIT), Cambridge, MA-- Sprung @ Artdive, Des Moines, IA-- Jason Martin @ LA Louver, Venice, CA-- INTERPLAY, 6-8 @ Kala Gallery, Berkeley, CA-- Nan Curtis, 6-8 @ Linfield Gallery, McMinnville, ORInternational:
-- Fluxus East - Fluxus Networks In Central Eastern Europe @ Ludwig Múzeum, Budapest, Hungary-- Digital Media@ Universidad de Valencia, Spain-- Guy Tillim @ Haunch of Venison, Zurich, Switzerland-- Bernard Buffet @ Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany
Art Fair and Biennial Reminders from Art Fairs International
-- 4th Triennial of Hamburg Photography, April 11-20 Art Cologne, April 16-20 , China International Gallery Exposition, April 24-28, Art Chicago, April 25-28 Berlin Biennale, April 5-June 15, Whitney Biennial, March 6-June 1, New York, New York, Art Brussels, April 18- April 21, Brussels, Belgium,

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

With Love For Blue

here is a photo list with all the paintings from the Valencian exhibition:




Cerf Volant

The Time

The Dance

In The Morning

The Shell


The Trophee

Meeting Point

The Plant



The Dragon Fly

With Love For Blue

With Love For Blue

Sunday, March 30, 2008

My personal exhibition at the Brancovan Pallace

Matrite cu raza europeana de actiune!Intr-o lume marcata de consumism, de dictatura noilor tehnologii ale informatiei si ale comunicarii, de dictatura cotei de audienta si de dictatura tabloidizarii aspectelor intime ale vietii, putem fi o altfel de masura propunand matrite de idei si spirit. Aceasta idee a matritei care naste nevoia de comunicare cu Celalalt si nevoia de a sonda interioritatea ne-au dat motivatia de a sprijini o Bienala de matrite stilistice din 32 de tari ale lumii. EURO CULTURART si-a pus, astfel, In opera menirea de a multiplica un proiect artistic de substanta si calitatea Bienalei Internationale de Gravura Experimentala de la Palatul Mogosoaia. In acelasi an, 2008, In care EURO CULTURART propune un standard de civilizatie: biblioteci publice cu autori contemporani In salile de asteptare din garile romanesti si europene printr-un proiect intitulat „Scriitori pe Calea Regala”. Iata cum scriitorii si artistii lucreaza la noi cautari de sine In matrite cu raza europeana de actiune.Dan Mircea Cipariu, scriitor, presedintele Euro CulturArt

Matrixes with European action area!In a world marked by consumerism, by new communication and information technologies dictatorship, by viewer’s rate and the tabloids of private life aspects dictatorships, we can be a different measure offering conceptual and spiritual matrixes. This matrix idea from which develops the need for communication with The Other and the need to question interiority gave us the motivation to support a Biennial of stylistic matrixes from 32 countries of the world. Euro CulturArt Association acted upon its purpose of multiplying an artistic project with such qualities and substantiality as the International Experimental Engraving Biennial from Mogosoaia Palace. This happens in 2008 the same year in which Euro CulturArt recommends a standard of civilization: public libraries with contemporary authors in waiting rooms from Romanian and European train stations through a project called “Writers on the Royal Way”. This is how writers and artists work for new ways of self-definition in matrixes with European action area. Dan Mircea Cipariu, writer, president of Euro CulturArt Association

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Va invitam sa luati parte la deschiderea oficiala a celei de-a 3-a editii a Bienalei Internationale de Gravura Experimentala, sambata 29 martie 2008 orele 16.00 la Centrul Cultural Palatele Brancovenesti Mogosoaia.Vernisajul va fi precedat de o conferinta de presa care va avea loc la orele 15.00. Atat la conferinta de presa cat si la vernisaj vor participa si cativa dintre artistii selectati din Romania si din alte tari.Mentionam ca un autobuz va stationa in fata Teatrului National la orele 15.00 asigurand publicului transportul pana la Centrul Cultural Palatele Brancovenesti Mogosoaia.
Olivia Nitis - curatoare/Biennial curator

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Personal Exhibition in ANAGMA Gallery Valencia

me and the violonist Stefan Madru from Madrid who played "The Ballad" of Ciprian Porumbescu
...a special moment, thank you Stefan!.....

An excellent event with ANAGMA Gallery in ABBA ACTEON HOTEL Valencia...
organised with much attention by Charo Marin and Diana Cofsinski from ICR Madrid
EL DIÁLOGO DE LAS ARTES EN VALENCIA Pintura rumana contemporánea & recital de violín
El Instituto Cultural Rumano de Madrid organiza miércoles, el 05 de marzo de 2008, a las 20:00 h, en la Galería Anagma del hotel Abba Acteón, c/ Vicente Beltrán Grimal, 2, Valencia, la inauguración de la exposición de pintura rumana contemporánea de los artistas plásticos Lisandru Neamtu y Dan Sorin Cojocaru. El artista rumano que acompañará la inauguración es el violinista Stefan Madru, perteneciente a la diáspora rumana.
xxxEl proyecto se propone a promover el arte contemporáneo rumano, dando a conocer al público español los valores culturales rumanos y su modo de expresión, como también apoyar el cambio creativo de ideas entre artistas rumanos y españoles. Mediante la presencia rumana de estos campos del arte, pintura y música, se ofrece la posibilidad de una apertura hacia el diálogo intercultural, de artistas pertenecientes al mismo gremio y de establecer contactos.Los artistas invitados, Lisandru Neamtu y Dan Sorin Cojocaru forman parte de la nueva generación de artistas plásticos rumanos.
Lisandru Neamtu, lector en Universidad Nacional de Artes de Bucarest y miembro de la Unión de los Artistas Plásticos de Rumania, tiene ya una larga carrera artística, con becas y premios entre los cuales mencionamos: El Gran Premio ofrecido por el Ministerio de Cultura por la pintura „La silla”, Expo Moldavia, 1995;el Premio de la Unión de los Artistas Plásticos de Rumania, exposición personal, 2004; Premio de la Bienal de Dibujo experimental, Timisoara, Rumania, 2005. El artista ha expuesto también en países como: EE.UU, Austria, Italia, Francia, Alemania, China, Japón, Holanda,Israel. En Valencia, el artista participará tanto con pintura como con escultura (pintura tridimensional). Lisandru Neamtu fue elegido para representar este año Rumania en la Bienal de Beijing con la obra llamada „Carta de las Olimpíadas”.
La inauguración seguirá con el mini-recital del violinista Stefan Madru, perteneciente a la diáspora rumana, quien forma parte de la orquesta sinfónica de RadioTelevisión Española. Es un artista rumano de talento, que obtuvo distintas becas de las cuales mencionamos la ofrecida por Royal College of Music de Londres.