Letting Light Pass Through - Chalton Gallery was curated by Helena Lugo.
'In physics and modern science, the term light refers to electromagnetic radiation of any wavelength, whether visible or not. Although light may or may not put something in a view, it encompasses the idea of a constant spectrum that turns into energy and waves with a certain specific direction. However, the course of the light is subject to change as soon as it come across objects, operating in several and multiple simultaneous directions. This multidirectionality is referred as translucent: that specific phenomenon where the light refracts, waving from one material to the other.
Letting Light to Pass Through is an exploration on visibility, opacity, refraction, light, matter and bodies. It reflects on the contingent possibilities of light used as operations of visibilization and occultation from a gender perspective, while using the idea of translucidity as a place for a multiplicity of metaphors. The phenomena of translucence thinks of the construction of subjectivity and objectivity through its refraction, as if things were able to change its material conditions depending on both the agency of the glance and the possibility to reflect and become other.
This project aims to question how we to think of the translucent as an aesthetic or visual strategy that does not limit itself to technical matters nor to conceptual ones. It gathers different glances articulating practices of artists working in different latitudes; looking at it as a way to produce possibilities to think Western theory from different perspectives.'
Exhibition text by Helena Lugo.
UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019
Leonora Carrington Museum - San Luis Potosí, Mexico December 2018.
Griffin Gallery studio residency installation, Feb 2018
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In 2018, thanks to the Griffin Gallery residency (now Elephant Lab), that offered access to an unlimited supply of acrylic mediums to experiment with, I created a series of three-dimensional works in acrylic paint. In this series of works, the viewer is confronted with the materiality of the acrylic medium itself, has to deal with the physical, spatial and durational elements of the work. No longer able to venture into the illusionary space of the traditional painting, the viewer is asked to engage with the substance of the polythene creation and it’s rock like quality, that will remain intact and steady long after we have passed, unaltered by the flow of time.
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