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.
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.
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.
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.
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