Joana Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos

July 30th –
December 2th, 2016
Gstaad
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Canopy,2015
    Vista Alegre porcelain cooling container
    140 x 50 x 58 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Sabotage,2016
    Hermes Birkin leather handbag
    43 x 52 x 30 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Cat Power,2014
    Rafaelo Bordalo Pinheiro faience painted with ceramic glaze, Azored crocheted lace
    58 x 20 x 41 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Tarântula,2013
    Rafaelo Bordalo Pinheiro faience painted with ceramic glaze, Azored crocheted lace
    31 x 115 x 90 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Chanceux,2016
    Rafaelo Bordalo Pinheiro oil painted faience, Azored crocheted lace
    45 x 41.5 x 42.5 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Tsarina,2015
    Rafaelo Bordalo Pinheiro faience painted with ceramic glaze, Azored crocheted lace
    100 x 70 x 140 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Colorfield,2016
    Handmade woollen crochet, ornaments, polyester on canvas, gold leaf frame with ornaments, plywood
    84 x 109 x 24 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Whatsapo,2016
    Rafaelo Bordalo Pinheiro faience painted with ceramic glaze, Azored crocheted lace
    13 x 39 x 34 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Daisy,2016
    Rafaelo Bordalo Pinheiro faience painted with ceramic glaze, Azored crocheted lace
    13 x 39 x 34 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Exotica,2015
    Vista Alegre porcelain cooling container
    148 x 60 x 56 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Karenina,2015
    Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro faience painted with ceramic glaze
    25 x 55 x 125 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Lorelei,2016
    Rafaelo Bordalo Pinheiro faience painted with ceramic glaze, tatting
    14 x 50 x 67 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Palomino,2016
    Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro acrylic painted faience
    82 x 31 x 60 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Popsicle,2016
    Handmade woollen crochet
    144 x 109 x 43 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Refeitòrio,2015
    Handmade woollen crochet
    129 x 163 x 50 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Aquarela,2014
    Viúva Lamego hand painted tiles
    245 x 400 x 450 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Magic Mint Tetris,2015
    Viúva Lamego hand painted tiles
    138 x 129 x 70.5 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Gary,2015
    Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro faience with ceramic glaze, handmade cotton crochet
    88 x 60 x 54 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Moving Sands,2016
    Handmade woollen crochet
    165 x 150 x 35 cm
  • Joana Vasconcelos
    Abracadabra,2015
    Viúva Lamego hand painted tiles
    107 x 102 x 106 cm

Patricia Low Contemporary is honoured to show a wide selection of new works by acclaimed and internationally renowned Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos.

The solo exhibition features three main Oeuvres of the Artist’s career: her recent crochet paintings, the Tetris Sculptures and her seminal Bordalos which are traditional ceramics with crochet. Vasconcelos revives all the national handicrafts of her country and puts them to use in her works, passing from one genre to the next like the Douro flows through the wine country.

Crochet paintings

These artworks produce surprising compositions of festive optical effects celebrating the openness and richness of a multi-dimensional life. They seem to insinuate mountains and colourful dreamlike valleys escaping from an unexpected burlesque universe.

Bordalos sculptures

The appropriation by Joana Vasconcelos, from the vast collection of Bordallo Pinheiro ceramics, includes only works that conveys a naturalist representation of an animal with an added component of generating discomfort, suspicion or fear when near Man. The application of crochet in a paradoxal imprisonment/protection of the animals, thus in a domestic environment, opens a vast interpretation awakened by both the beauty and the weirdness that the operation produces.

Tetris sculptures

The explosion of the tiles varied colours is mimetized in the surprising and exuberant textile volumes that almost take over and expand from them. The rigid ceramics cannot prevent the evasion of the soft textile forms, whose organic shapes contrast with the angular blocks that form the structure. The female and masculine meet in these artworks, suggesting a harmonious play of contrasts that frustrates the expectations of a gender-based identity.

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Joana Vasconcelos was born in 1971. She lives and works in Lisbon. She has exhibited regularly since the mid-1990s. After her participation at the 51st International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia in 2005, her work became known internationally. Recent highlights of her career include Trafaria Praia, project for the Pavilion of Portugal at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (2013); a solo exhibition at the Château de Versailles, France (2012); participation in the group exhibition The World Belongs to You at the Palazzo Grassi/François Pinault Foundation, Venice (2011); and her first retrospective, held at the Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon (2010).

Vasconcelos has had solo exhibitions and projects at the 56th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia (2015); Waddesdon Manor – The Rothschild Foundation, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom (2015); Manchester Art Gallery (2014); Tel Aviv Museum of Art (2013); Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, Lisbon (2013); CENTQUATRE, Paris (2012); Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, -Denmark (2011); Es Baluard, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2009); Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo (2008); Palazzo Nani Bernardo Lucheschi, Venice (2007); The New Art Gallery Walsall, England (2007), CaixaForum, Barcelona (2006); Passage du Désir/BETC EURO RSCG, Paris (2005); Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain (2003); Museu da Eletricidade, Lisbon (2001); and the Museu de Arte Contemporãnea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2000).

Vasconcelos has participated in numerous group exhibitions in institutions such as Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (2015); Kulturhuset Stadteatern, Stockholm (2014); Shanghai Sculpture Space, Xangai (2014); Grand Palais, Paris (2013); FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France (2013); ARTIUM, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2012); the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC (2011); Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2010); Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2009); FRAC Île-de-France/Le Plateau, Paris (2008); MUDAM, Luxembourg City (2007); Istanbul Modern (2006); MUSAC Léon, Spain (2005); Stenersenmuseet, Oslo (2004); MARCO, Vigo, Spain (2003); Mücsarnok, Budapest (2002); and the XXVI Bienal de Arte de Pontevedra, Spain (2000).

Her works are included in the following private and public collections:

Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul,

Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Lisbon, Portugal

Centro de Artes Visuales Fundación Helga de Alvear, Cáceres, Spain

Domaine Pommery, Reims, France

Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la creation, Paris, France

FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon, France

Fundação EDP, Lisbon, Portugal

Gerard L. Cafesjian Collection, Yerevan, Armenia

MACE – Coleção António Cachola, Elvas, Portugal

MUSAC, León, Spain

Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, Portugal

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC, USA

Pinault Collection, Paris and Venice

 

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