Bleu: La couleur du Rêve
De l'éternité céleste à la peur d'une abyssale
The Switch is proud to announce its first Lisbon Group Exhibition, Blue Group Show, showcasing 5 European Artists:
November 25th - December 18th, 2016
OPENING: Friday, November 25th from 6pm-12am
For more information email [email protected]
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“ We have had a gut full of Fast Art and Fast food. What we need more of is Slow Art. Art that holds time as a vase holds water. Art that makes you think, and above all, Art that makes you feel. Art that isn’t merely sensational, that doesn’t get its message across in ten seconds, that isn’t falsely iconic, that hooks onto something deep running in our natures. In a word, Art that is the very opposite of mass media.
You have these two polarities, which started at the beginning of the 20th century. One is to make Art like everything else, and one is to make Art different from ev- erything else, holding its position as a kind of sanctuary, trying to make something spiritually informed and powerful.
Abstract painting often has to do with time. With depicting a place where time no longer implies, closer perhaps to music. It represents a search for harmony and grace. A place of timelessness and to use a word which dropped out of fashion some- time back, of Beauty.
Today we are left with a more modest, perhaps, and equally dif cult task for Art to do, and that is, to be Beautiful. To manifest Beauty. People need beauty. There’s a hunger for it.
We seek out zones of silence and contemplation, arenas for free thought and un- regimented feeling. A world away from the forest of Media. We are seeking value, looking for meaning, a place outside of ourselves, which tells us that there’s more to life than our everyday concerns and needs. The hunger for new Art, is as strong as ever. The idea that esthetics experience provides a transcendent understanding is at the very heart of Art. It ful lls a deep human need. Despite the decadence, the confusion, and the brouhaha, the desire to experience it, live with it and learn from it, remains immortal. ” - Robert Hughes
Skoya Assémat-Tessandier | Alchimiste:
“I don’t have time”. These were the first words Skoya said when he woke up from a two days coma after a brain trauma. In addition to the 52 stitches going across his skull, he entered in a race. A race with time.
Skoya lived the past ten years, fast, at high pace, learning and gaining life experiences along the way. He dropped out of San Francisco Art Institute to experience living in Tokyo. He traveled back to the west with the Trans-Siberian railways. He studied Print making at the SVA in New York, before living in Amsterdam for a couple years. In Paris, his birth town, Skoya was invited at the Cité des Arts artistic residential program and a laureate of Licra’s Jean Pierre-Bloch price.
Skoya’s work has been shown in New York, Tokyo, Amsterdam and Paris. He is now living in
Lisbon, Portugal, where his studio and art gallery, |THE SWITCH, is located.
Anzhelika Ishkova | Photographer:
Born in Russia, 1982. Anzhelika has been living in Portugal since 2001. In 2010, she attended an introduction to Photography at the Portuguese Association of Photographic Arts (APAF), as well as an Architecture Photography course at the Portuguese Photography Institute (IPF). In 2011 Anzhelika enrolled in AR.CO Lisbon, Art center & visual communication, where she participated in two notable group exhibitions.
In 2015, she held a solo show at House Museum Medeiros & Almeida and in 2016 graduated from her Photography studies at AR.CO Lisbon.
Ricardo Passaporte | Artist:
Ricardo Passaporte bows to abstract expressionism, with a focus on the creative process and intensely expressive gesture that runs through his work. Ricardo's painting requires a level of uncontrollability, as if he has no respect for the canvas itself but respects the aesthetic of the logo design. Passaporte rejects his painting skills, focusing only on the medium and the matter; he paints with his right hand as if he can't control the spray can properly, or as if it was painted with his left hand. A relationship between creation and destruction, where it's impossible to know which comes first.
Gonçalo Preto | Paint Pusher :
Born in Lisbon 1991, holds a BFA in Product Design at Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon, having studied at Kassel Kunsthochschule (GER), as an Exchange student. By the end of 2012 he moved to Berlin, where he lived and developed a fresh body of work mostly composed by ink on paper and printmaking techniques. In January 2014, decided to improve his skills, he moved to San Francisco, CA (US) to start his 2BFA - Painting Major at the Academy of Art University. He is now finishing the degree at FBAUL. His work as been shown in Portugal, Germany and United States.
Currenlty lives and works in Lisbon.
Henrique Reis | Artist:
The work is much associated with abstract-figurative Painting which is proof that contemporary art work does not just happen in the fields of Photography, Film, Conceptual Art or Installation, but also Painting. His work suggest the interior landscape as counterpoint to our perception of the exterior world. It relates to the search for the self in an in- creasingly and agressive world where the individual moves away from himself as a result of a society moving towards dehumanisation.
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