BISCHOFF/WEISS is pleased to present Sunspot Mirage, an exhibition of work by Louise Thomas and Francesca Anfossi.
paintings of Louise Thomas concern themselves with the dissonance
between architectural structures and the surrounding world. Relying
upon a broad reference base, the artist draws from her own travels as
well as holiday brochures and photographic resources. With these
images as a starting point, she seeks to excavate the architecture of
abandoned resort sites, including 1930s Italian nationalist-socialist
architecture, North American resort complexes, Victorian hospitals, and
Lidos. Her painterly brushstrokes highlight an abstracted sense of
nostalgia and the failed space of holiday paradise. Through the haunted
stillness of her canvases, the artist attempts to ameliorate dystopian
spaces by allowing a new visual experience through the juxtaposition of
historical and contemporary sites.
The references made by Louise
Thomas to leisure sites and Italy is echoed in the work of Francesca
Anfossi, who originates from a popular Italian tourist town. Anfossi
seeks to amplify the often-overlooked subtleties in naturally occurring
scenes. Through the use of collage (sculpture, paint and video), the
viewer is lead through a journey of imaginary landscapes. Drawing from
her collection of kitsch postcards and travel memorabilia as
inspiration, the artist uses a diverse range of materials to make
installations that combine images of the spaces of recreation along
with that of everyday life. Acting as souvenirs, the objects and images
prompt an internal remembrance of experiences, rather than reproducing
the actuality of an event. The artist’s installation, created
especially for this exhibition, directs the viewer through the space
and thus the interaction with the work becomes as important as the
memories which she attempts to provoke.
structures and shapes, and despite visually distinct results, both
artists explore sites and experiences of perceived paradise. While
Thomas conflates her fragmented images in paint and Anfossi builds up
an environment through collage, each artist attempts to reclaim
memories and capture fleeting moments of existence.
Thomas is a recent graduate of University College Falmouth. In October
2007, she was short listed for the 4 New Sensations Art Prize, hosted
by the Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4. Group shows include Concrete Hole
You Clench my Soul, PZ Gallery, Penzance (2007), a self-curated group
show and Second X-Posure Present ‘Revolver’, PZ Gallery, Penzance
(2007), an artist curated project featuring the works of established
and emerging artists. In 2007 the artist was also short-listed for the
Celeste Painting Prize.
Francesca Anfossi is a graduate of
Middlesex University and is currently completing her M.A. in Painting
at the Slade School of Art. Her work has been exhibited widely in a
number of group shows, both in Britain and abroad. These include Soul
Stripper, Brussels (2008), Suburbia, Foreign Press Association, London
(2008), Trace, Frankfurt (2007), Picture This, Scarlet Maguire Gallery,
London (2007), Kurzfilmsalon 1.1, Vienna (2007), SV06, Studio Voltaire,
London (2006), and Arte Spazio Contemporaneo 1, Milan (2005).