THREE WOMEN, THREE REALITIES IN ALBA CABRERA GALLERY

Alba Cabrera Gallery presents in Art Madrid the most intimate work of three women artists: Carmen Michavila, Isabel Gutiérrez and María Angélica Viso. Three different artistic personalities that connect with the same mystical sensibility in their artworks.

Carmen Michavila (Valencia, 1959) reflects about invisibility in her works, evoking a hidden reality. Michavila, starting from a magical realism, invites us to an inner and intimate journey, and as if it were a children's story, leads us to the purest essence. Between delicate and meticulous lines, the artist leaves empty spaces for the spectator, letting his imagination fly, to complete them.

It is inevitable not to distinguish in the art work of the Valencian artist, christian connotations. The verticality of her imaginary figures and her neutral-coloured backgrounds evoke images of earthly paradise and hell. An example of this is the work belonging to the series "Job 38:11: You will go this far, but no further. This is where the pride of your waves will stop".

Carmen Michavila

Sin Título, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

116 x 89cm

In the artwork of Isabel Gutiérrez (Madrid, 1955), the configuration of space plays a fundamental role. With a slight tendency towards the cubist work of Paul Klee and Sonia Delaunay, the paintings of Isabel Gutiérrez are developed within the figurative style, being the colour and the light essential elements in the composition. Nature is represented by the artist in its multiple manifestations, generating a chromatic and formal game defined by the different effects of light, that are multiplied every time, like nature itself, in the flora and fauna of her landscapes and gardens.

”In my paintings I have investigated relationships between colours, compositional structures and different treatments in the brushstroke, with the objective of signifying the evolution of my thoughts about the shave I perceive.”

In art works such as “Primeras hojas” or “Baile de hojas I”, both made in 2019, the great chromatic intensity and very well defined borders build the figurative motifs. The organic elements of its leaves, plants or animals are reaffirmed from a plastic point of view, much more expressive and textured than the geometric surfaces of flat colours that complement them.

Isabel Gutiérrez

Primeras hojas, 2019

Oil on board

40 x 40cm

Isabel Gutiérrez

Baile de hojas I, 2019

Oil on board

40 x 40cm

The geometrical subtle sculptures by the artist from Caracas María Angélica Viso, complete the exhibition proposal of the Alba Cabrera Gallery for Art Madrid. María Angélica Viso (Venezuela, 1971), has among her great references the artists Cruz Díez and Jesús Rafael Soto.

Viso’s artworks are generally attached to the wall. These volatile sculptures, with polyvalent and sophistic shapes, are capable of mutate into other figures. In all their pieces, as the curator Susana Benko points out, "the common element is the image of lightness.

Maria Angélica Viso Penso

Geometrías orgánicas, 2019

Aluminio y pintura anodizada

80 x 80cm

”I find a similarity between paper and metal and so I face the latter, as if it were a parchment, discovering its subtle and soft side, a facet that sometimes seems to hide it in its rigidity. Rigidity that I take advantage of to perforate it with inserts, piercing it, crossing it and then achieving illusions of fabric in movement"

Leaving behind his works of straight lines and statically geometric planes which he makes lose their rigidity, turning them into ethereal only by separating them from the surface and curving them with subtle delicacy, Viso evolves into a new series which he calls "Organic Geometries ". A series he has been working on since 2018 until today.

 

Leo Caillard (Paris, France, 1985) belongs to a generation of artists associated with the important changes that have been taking place since the 2000s, with the onset of the digital era and the new concerns of societies. An advocate of new technologies and science, his initial interests focused on the exploration of time and quantum physics, but Caillard soon abandoned the world of numbers to show his research through his artworks.

Leo Caillard

Art has to do with history. It is the sensitive expression of an era.

Time is relative. Therefore, the art of a bygone era is also an expression of our present.

Through his works, the artist Léo Caillard plays with time to make the past, the present and the future meet in the same space created by sculpture.

Leo Caillard, “VR Buste,2020”. Escultura de mármol blanco.

We interviewed the artist to know more about his work and his participation in Art Madrid:

What inspires you when you create?

I draw my inspiration for my work mainly from antiquity and history. In my artworks I reinterpret the ancient and the past in order to bring them to life today, I open a dialogue between the past and the present.

What are you working on recently?

I am currently working on digital art and the NFT, the Non-Fungible Token: the creation of unique digital art. I try to open a bridge between the reality of marble and the virtuality of digital creation.

Laoocon, 2020. Escultura en mármol de carrara. 60x60x40cm

Tell us about your creative process

First of all, I work on 3D scanning. I take inspiration from antiques that I scan, in collaboration with museums or institutions and, from this scan, I make a pre-sculpted marble to get a shape closer to what I want to do. All the details, the final touches, are finished by hand: the glasses, the beard, things a bit more detailed, so that the sculpture remains unique in its approach.

You are participating in the fair for the first time, what do you expect from Art Madrid?

I'm delighted to be at Art Madrid this year, it's an opportunity and a good fortune. I think as an artist you don't expect much; you expect to enter into a dialogue with the public and see the reactions. In any case, it's a joy to show my artworks from this year at this fair.

Do you usually make a preliminary study of the life of the classical character you reinterpret in your work?

I love history and I try to use sculpture to be in agreement with what I want to say: Apollo taking a selfie, Narcissus, Hercules... I try to be in connection with the myth, and that the history of the ancient statue is in dialogue with the version I want to make.

Are you thinking of "dressing" the sculptures of another great museum or are you focusing your next work on another discourse?

I think the habillage project is something I started in 2010 and it's starting to get a bit outdated. I had a lot of fun working on this notion of clothing as an attribute, only now I want to go towards the digital spirit and wonder more about virtuality in relation to reality, through deformations, through things that will create an opening between the abstract and the figurative.

Animación3D. “Woman face casque Marshall et casquette”

The artist Leo Caillard participates for the first time in Art Madrid with the Parisian gallery Galerie LJ, together with the artists Julien Primard, Quentin Garel y Heide Ukkonen.