Sunday, July 17
15:00 – 17:00
Group Show //
Yago Hortal, Prudencio Irazabal, Robert Pan, Annemarie Terlage
If there is one word that can best describe the work of Yago Hortal (1983, Spain), it is ‘colour’. The Barcelona-born and raised artist uses paint to create bold canvas works where colour seemingly comes to life at the touch of his brush. When you look at Hortal’s artworks, you immediately notice the dominance of colour: lively, pure, unlimited. The paint looks smeared, spread and splattered when it comes into contact with the canvas. His oeuvre is constantly evolving, continuously testing the limits of the artist’s control over his art. Hortal constantly questions the relationship between his intentions as an artist and the nature of the raw material he works with.
Prudencio Irazabal (1954, Spain) is known for the distinct technique he uses to create his abstract paintings in acrylic, in which a large number of translucent layers are superimposed and finished with a polished mirror surface. The relationship between surface and depth is vital for understanding his abstract images. Colour, mediated by the light that works through the wafer-thin layers, gives a unique perceptive experience. The merged translucent layers determine the incidence of light, but at the same time allow the viewer to see through to the white canvas that forms the basis of the work. Irazabal has exhibited worldwide and his work is in the collection of AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Fundación Helga de Alvear, and many unnamed.
Although Robert Pan (1969, Italy) was educated to become a sculptor, he has chosen the two-dimensional surface for his artistic creations. His creations are not supported by wooden panel, canvas or paper, but by a metal grid and his ‘painting material’ is petroleum-based synthetic resin. With respect for these materials and patience for the drying process implicit to this method, he superimposes dozens of monochromatic liquid layers of resin one by one. Like lumpy and shiny semi-transparent veils, they cover the surface colour after colour. After this, Pan sands the layered surface open again in various places, creating an enigmatic drawing. The different colors shimmer through in an idiosyncratic and apparently independent process.
Annemarie Terlage (1967, NL) paints memories with epoxy. She composes imaginary landscapes and architectural sets based on personal memories from her childhood. Terlage has lived in the United States for a long time and this is reflected by her work. The works breathe the atmosphere of a sun-drenched California of the 1970s and 1980s and arouse a longing of where you want to go; a kind of dream. Terlage’s compositions are characterized by bold colours and lines. She experiments with a combination of epoxy and acrylic paint, using a colour palette that ranges from subdued warm tones to almost hallucinatory ‘glow in the dark’ colours that are reminiscent of the neon lights of the Las Vegas Strip.
Antony Micallef (1975, UK) is known for his visually charged figure paintings. In his recent series of work the artist builds up a relief-like surface with heavy paint to depict a figurative mass in front of a muted background. Using an impasto technique, the material is pushed to its limits and obscures our reading of painting and sculpture. Antony Micallef is a British contemporary artist and painter who lives and works in London. His art is included in numerous collections around the world and has been part of group exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy, Tate Britain and ICA London, among others.