Art Madrid'24 – BRUCE CONNER THE MIRROR OF SOCIETY

Bomhead,1989

 

 

Bruce Conner (1933-2008) was an American artist, notable for the use of techniques such as Found footage (narrative technique used in horror films and false documentaries) and assembly. Pioneer in the realization of experimental cinema, Conner also stands out for the realization of other techniques like the drawing, the painting or the sculpture, without forgetting the photography or the collage.

 

 

Child, 1959

 

 

In addition to a track record that supports him, Conner was one of the motivators of the music video genre. He also stands out as a reference for the underground scene of the 50s and 60s. This exhibition presents, over 250 works spanning 50 years of his career. His work begins in the Californian artistic scene, refers to the culture of consumption, to terror before the nuclear apocalypse and to the fears of American society of his generation.

 

 

 Couch, 1963

 

 

One of its main characteristics is the adaptation of different techniques to his personal style, hybrid pieces alternate painting and sculpture, cinema and performance or drawing and engraving. Early in his career, he began with the reuse of objects for the creation of facilities, these achieved great recognition from the beginning. Do not forget your films, which pioneered many new techniques such as the incorporation of 16 mm film.

 

 

PORTRAIT OF ALLEN GINSBERG, 1960. Wood

 

 

Conner is an artist who knew how to capture the essence of the work to such an extent that today they can be considered contemporary. His political messages, approach him to denounce social problems such as violence in American culture or the assimilation of the female body, as an object of consumption. Curated by Rudolf Frieling, curator of Multimedia Art and Gary Garrels, senior curator Elise S. Haas of Painting and Sculpture at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. You can enjoy this experience until May 22nd.

 

 

 

“I paint in a completely free way, I don't have a plan, it's chaotic, but everything has a reason. I don't prepare anything before I start painting, what I paint is what I feel or try to communicate at that moment, so it changes a lot (from one work to another)”.

Chão limpo e o resto. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Cultura Inquieta once again joins the experience of discovering and celebrating creative talent within the broad spectrum of artistic expressions present at Art Madrid'24. As a supporter of culture and contemporary art, its commitment to promoting and supporting emerging artists is reflected in a special initiative in this edition: highlighting and supporting the work of the REVELATION ARTIST of the 19th edition.

Só durmo na minha almofada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In this context, Ana Malta emerges into the contemporary art scene with a fresh voice and her own visual aesthetic. Born in Lisbon in 1996, Malta is a talented visual artist and freelance designer who has captivated the public with her distinctive approach and bold exploration of the beauty of everyday spaces through her investigations of color.

Her studies in Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, as well as her Master's Degree in Creative Industries Management at the Catholic University of Portugal in Porto, have provided a solid foundation for her artistic practice. Currently, she also collaborates in the Communication and Production Office of Carpintarias de São Lázaro - Centro Cultural e Galeria Belo-Galsterer, showing her commitment to the cultural fabric of her community. She is also part of the artistic collective VÊS.TRÊS.

Ana Malta has been recognized in several platforms and media, including the 14th Edition of QUADRANTE, Melancia Mag and the SCROLL program of the RTP2 channel. Her participation in the book (AS)ARTISTAS - Ensaio Gráfico sobre Histórias e Práticas Artísticas no Feminino and in the April 21st Edition of Nova Awareness Club underlines her impact and relevance in the contemporary art scene.

Só um é que ganha. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

Ana Malta's work is characterized by her exploration of color, patterns, composition, and texture. These elements are not only vehicles of her plastic and visual expression, but also embody an intimate dialogue between aesthetic restlessness and the transformation of error into opportunity.

It is exciting to see Ana Malta make her debut at Art Madrid'24, represented by Galeria São Mamede (STAND B3). Her presence promises to further enrich the artistic experience of the event, inviting the public to approach the visually captivating and conceptually stimulating universe that the artist creates to narrate the chaos she rearranges in shapes and colors.

Não fico pendurada. Mixed media on canvas. 2023. Ana Malta. Courtesy of the artist.

In a world in constant movement, Ana Malta reminds us of the importance of experimentation and continuous exploration in the search for authentic and sincere artistic expression.

Her work has been REVEALED to us in the 19th edition of ART MADRID, thanks to the precise point of view of CULTURA INQUIETA as a testimony of the transforming power of art. In her hands, the entropy of forms brings us the possible memory of an endless summer; the luminosity of the sun becomes the caress of everyday life; we may even be surprised by the formula of happiness turned into a companion animal.

Ana Malta's pieces combines the restlessness of a space that appears to be in a state of chaos with the delicate synesthesia of vibrating at the velocity of light, nuances, lines and colors in her paintings.