Rosenfeld Porcini Gallery will be open late as part of Fitzrovia Lates. Gallery Director Ian Rosenfeld will be giving an insightful talk and tour around the current exhibition, the inaugural UK solo exhibition by South American artist Eduardo Stupía.
The exhibition presents works on canvas and works on paper displayed over both floors of the gallery space. It follows on from Stupía’s recent retrospective as a featured artist of the 2012 Sao Paulo Biennial.
Stupía’s paintings have emerged out of a continual exploration of the possibilities of drawing. Working almost exclusively in black and white with occasional interventions of colour, Stupía draws upon an extensive palette of marks and techniques within a single canvas. He uses materials such as pencil, charcoal, acrylic, graphite, watercolour and ink to push the boundaries of each medium as far as possible, yet succeeding in creating final works of harmony and integrity. The originality and beauty of Stupía's work is in his rare ability to allow the “spirit” of each medium to dictate its own space without unbalancing the unity within the whole. He believes that “examining the boundaries of a discipline is a healthy approach to painting.”
His work is further underpinned by an idea of an imaginary landscape which, as the artist himself states, is a landscape “intended in the language of the organisation of structures and space, rather then a genre or theme”.
Stupía actively trusts the spectators’ creativity in the hope of them subjectively interpreting the works’ various lines, marks and brushstrokes. The reality behind the artist’s drawing and painting become mirage-like where each viewer perceives their own personal narrative in the work. Where his early work depicted characters, creatures and objects in an otherworldly landscape, his later work during the 1980s featured surreal architectural forms, hidden cities and dreamlike landscapes.
His new series of landscapes featured in this exhibition are in themselves a synthesis of over twenty-five years of experimenting with diverse mediums.