Wilding Cran Gallery is pleased to announce Spaces and Spectacles, a solo exhibition by Brazilian multi-media artist Maria Lynch on view June 4-July 24, 2016. This is the artist’s first exhibition in Los Angeles and will present new paintings, soft sculptures and a room of experience—an immersive installation that will fill nearly half of the gallery with colorful plastic spheres and features a soundscape by Brazilian musician Rodrigo Amarante.
While the rest of us remember our childhood with a distanced fondness, Maria Lynch reawakens hers every day. Her art is one of insouciant play, a restless invention and reinvention of forms, colors, motions and gestures. The work that Lynch realizes off the canvas as installation— ideas, theatrics, spaces and spectacles—extend rather than contrast with her paintings.
In her painting, Lynch is constantly modifying her formal language and sense of composition. These changes are relatively subtle; the basic characteristics of her painted work have remained stable, maintaining Lynch’s ludic sensibility and evincing her debt to the vitality of mid-century gestural abstraction. She inherits from the mischievous painters of CoBrA, the more exuberant abstract expressionists and tachistes, and certain informel artists of South America.
This new body of paintings presents a more fluid vitality than her previous work; textures and colors are more mutable and aqueous than before, suggesting undersea flora and fauna. And like underwater life, these apparitions boast of their own fecundity, bristling as they do with stamens and pistils, eggs and spermatozoa.
Lynch’s installations defy nature rather than mirroring it, making magic, illusion, and intimate sensorial experience the thrust of her work. Her paintings are testimony to how we came as children to appreciate our vast and ever-changing natural environment.
Whether painting, performing, sculpting or assembling, Lynch infuses her artwork with an unstinting and infectious glee. She wants to remind us of our own ability to entertain ourselves, simply by looking around and remembering how we used to see things.