Art Madrid'24 – Luis Gordillo, pictorial and visceral

 

 

 

Luis Gordillo, 'Head with stripes', (1964)

 

 

 

Luis Gordillo (1934), Seville-born artist, painter of reference within the Spanish art scene and a symbol of painting’s vitality, goes through different artistic periods that are chronology shown in this exhibition. His artworks travel from a first Informalism to public interventions like the one in the Alsacia Metro station in Madrid.

 

 

 

Luis Gordillo, 'American couple' (1974)

 

 

 

There is always a reference to the visceral body in his paintings. There are brains, intestines, cells and viscera, represented in a non-figurative way close to abstraction. Although the artist refuses to consider his work fully abstract. Gordillo has been always linked to technology developments, above all the ones related to photography, which he considers a main source in his creative process. He uses photography to experiment with colours and compositions. He paints, photographs, reinterprets his photographs and so on.

 

 

 

Luis Gordillo, 'Gallbladder' (1986)

 

 

 

The exhibition shows his first works in the mid-sixties, related to the British pop: heads, pedestrians and drivers. In the 80's, it can be highlighted his ‘meandering’ series, that reflects a scientific vision of the organic and of the body as a fragment. The nineties are synthesised in paintings with a scenographic and spectacular meaning. the 2000s are characterised by experiments with media and techniques as well as by the incorporation of digital elements. The tour of his work ends with a new series of heads painted in 2015.

 

 

 

Luis Gordillo, 'White Snow and the bad Pollock' (1996)

 

 

 

The exhibition is curated by Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, director of the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo in Seville and Santiago Olmo, director of the CGAC, and can be visited until the 17th of September. 

 

 

 

Luis Gordillo, Intervention in the Alsacia Metro station in Madrid

 

 

 

“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.