Soledad Sevilla / Jennifer Steinkamp
28 June - 28 July 2012
SOLEDAD SEVILLA / JENNIFER STEINKAMP
28 June - 28 July 2012
The Gallery SOLEDAD LORENZO is pleased to present Soledad Sevilla - Jennifer Steinkamp Duet Exhibition, which will be held next Thursday, June 28 2012, from 8 pm.
As a highlight of the season, Soledad Lorenzo Gallery will give continuity to the series of duet exhibitions conceived to celebrate its 25th ANNIVERSARY. We shall remember that the first duet exhibitions had brought together Jorge Galindo – Julian Schnabel and Antoni Tàpies – Louise Bourgeois.
Notwithstanding that Soledad Sevilla and Jennifer Steinkamp have completely different disciplines; they share a similar way to inhabit the exhibition places. They both display their installations, which normally are works previously conceived site-specific, and always bear in mind the architectonical characteristics of the place, having as a result new surfaces that are able to perfectly adapt themselves to the place, like a second skin.
Soledad Sevilla will be presenting a series of oil-on-canvas paintings in the first room of the gallery. These almost totally invade the entire wall, creating a trompe l’oeil that depicts surfaces with materials such as wood or metal. Looking at this work, one can distinguish the trace of time and the effects that nature produces on those materials.
"This work is a kind of modern retable, composed of several pieces that completely cover two walls facing each other. At the back, we can contemplate “Sonata”, a painting that evokes the metal sheets combined with wooden boards of agricultural constructions. The typical ramshackle wooden boards and fences seen at those agricultural constructions inspire it.
They are treated as aesthetical products, instead of mere artefacts. The space containing the piece stands as a cathedral, defending Art to reach spiritual subjectivity, or at least, lyrical subjectivity. The drastic change between a painting and this retable is that the former would have natural limits that give us its measures, but this retable completely fits the space it was conceived for. The piece is made to measure; it doesn’t stand out like a figure would. It incorporates the space as part of its other materials."
Similarly, Jennifer Steinkamp will be showing installations in the two final rooms of the gallery, which occupy the whole wall on which they are projected. The aforementioned projections take us out of the atmosphere, to outer space and to what seems to be a field of asteroids, wandering by an unknown force. The digital 3D recreation of the asteroids imitates the appearance of its texture and movement over the outer space.
"Stephen Hawking describes the possible origin of life on our planet in his television program Into the Universe with Hawking resulting from panspermia. An asteroid collides with the Earth accidentally, the microscopic organisms from another planet, frozen inside, survive space travel and passing through the Earth's atmosphere, and thus evolution begins. It seems there is a little something missing in this theory. I decided to make intelligent asteroids inscribed with drawings and paintings that possibly collided with the Earth as another explanation. The title 6QUEJ5 comes from a possible radio signal scanned by The Big Ear radio telescope. The telescope was scanning the heavens in an attempt to discover any possible radio signals that could be attributed to an extra-terrestrial intelligence recorded by SETI in 1974. This is the only signal SETI has discovered."
Soledad Sevilla (Valencia, 1944. She lives in Barcelona)
Among her latest installations we can highlight Escrito en cuerpos Celestes, which was created for the Palacio de Cristal, Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, and shown from November 2011 to April 2011.
Her work is already part of the following public collections: Fundación Juan March, Madrid; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao; Diputación de Granada; European Parlament; Künstmuseum Malmöe, Sweden; Marugame Hirai Museum of Spanish Contemporary Art, Marugame, (Japan); Colección Arte Contemporáneo de la Fundación "La Caixa", Barcelona; IVAM, Valencia; ARTIUM, Vitoria; Colección Aena de Arte Contemporáneo and MACBA, Barcelona.
Jennifer Steinkamp (Denver, Colorado)
Her work is already part of the following public collections:
Museum of Art, Daegu, South Korea; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina; Bank of America, New York, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California; Towada Center, Towada, Japan; Western Bridge, Seattle, Washington; CAC Museum of Malaga, Malaga; Autostadt Collection, Wolfsburg, Germany; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul; MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami.