On April 2nd, Saturday, is the opening of the exhibition Sensorial Fictions, of the artist Maria Lynch, at Blau Projects gallery. The artist from Rio de Janeiro that currently lives in New York presents about 30 original works, amongst them paintings, sculptures, drawings, videos and performances. In the opening of the exhibition, Lynch has a performance where a magician makes her appear and disappear of the space of the show.
The artist, that hasn’t had a solo show in São Paulo for four years, displays her newest production, amidst it a sculpture of big proportions, as big as her natural body size, that will be in the front of the gallery. “There are a lot of issues to be thought of, since the projection of idealized woman until the reference of what I think about women”, says Lynch.
“My work Always had this sense, always talked about my existence”, she says. Maria presents some canvas with her name written on, along with sentences and thoughts inspired by philosophers such as the French Gilles Deleuze (“existence is created every instant”), with letters inspired by a 1980s aesthetic. “I lost my decency and I am looking to make a metalanguage and an irony with the concept of what is is to be an artists so that your name becomes a piece of art”.
In this exhibition, the sensorial question becomes more present in her work. There are two rooms, one of them with sensorial boxes where the spectator puts their hand and feels different textures. In this room, there can also be seen her already famous paintings, all of them from the newest taking. “I started this sensorial research in a residency in Los Angeles and I am developing this new work”, says Maria. One of the sensorial rooms of the gallery will be closed and the spectator may enter alone for three minutes to have a solitary sensorial experience. “People will need to strip themselves to experience it”, says the artist in a mysterious tone.
Conceptually, Maria explains her new phase: “from my fascination with the ludic and innocent world, I revisit my lost fantasies, where figures appear in the frontier of abstraction, thinning out and amalgamating. (...) A mix between child play and fear, femininity and home, (main roles) in the affective memory, permeate all my investigation. The assemblage, the development, they generate multiplicities that result on open meanings, subverting the stablished logical system and the rational speech”.
Maria Lynch was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1981. Currently lives and works in New York. Graduated from Chelsea College of Art &Design in London, where she also got her masters in arts. She has exhibited her work in London in various galleries such as Decima Gallery and in the project Crouch End Open Studios, also, she participated in the Jerwood Drawing Prize, a prestigious award in England. In Portugal, she participated in the Project Bordalianos of Brazil, in the Foundation Calouste Gulbekian, in 2013 and had an exhibition in the Kibik Gallery in Porto, in 2015.
In the USA she participated in various exhibitions and projects. Amongst them, the Becomings- Bathroom Project, in Rooster Gallery; This is never past nor present, curated by Sarah Crown, in Spazio522; and also in Ideas City, a bienal encounter to discuss architecture and cities organized by the New Museum. She already showed in the New Yorker galleries Judith Charles Gallery, Radiator Gallery, Galerie Protégé and Abrons Center. In Brazil, the artist has exhibited in Rio de Janeiro, in the MAM-PJ, Paço Imperial, Gentil Carioca gallery and other places; in the Galeria Murilo Castro, in Belo Horizonte and in Marilia Razuk gallery in São Paulo. She participated in the 6th Bienal of Curitiba VentoSul and in the collective show Nova Arte Nova, curated by Paulo Venâncio, in CCBB-SP. In 2010, she won the award Marcantonio Vilaça.
Opening of the exhibition Sensorial Fictions, by Maria Lynch
April 2nd, Saturday
From 12h to 19h
Until May 7th
Parking close to the premisses
Working hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 11h to 19h