Whether you are an artist or collector, one of our regular visitors or just a random passer-by, you may have noticed that our display window has recently become rather a stage for spectacular installations, exciting events and ravishing pageantries than an ordinarily grey gallery shop window. In our Weekly Window articles we would like to regularly bring you some news about our window’s exuberant life, and here is the first of them.
Those lucky ladies and gentlemen, who joined us on this weekend for Mariana Canet’s Saturday Debut, had the opportunity to shake their hands with the artist herself, and closely examine her affection for reflecting surfaces, flowing waters and glittering colour stains. In her vividly mottled outfit, Mariana looked as if wearing one of her photographic pieces, and with lively Brazilian eloquence proved her mission to show our ordinary reality dissolve through the viewfinder of her camera into an abstract play of colours. A projection of her photographs took place in the backspace of the gallery, and accompanied by Debussy’s sensory music, it paid a tribute to impressionist creation, which Mariana considers one of her inspirations. Similarly, she carefully observes her surrounding, trying to take hold of those elusive moments of colourful leafs flickering between rippling waters. In her effort to freeze a piece of reality as it unrepeatably existed in one particular moment in the infinite flow, she directly addresses the very base of any photographic creation. But after the right image is fixed, she goes even further, encouraging the viewers to play a little surrealist game with her, trying to reconstruct or newly invent the figures, which may take many different shapes on the base of this almost abstract depiction.
Those of you, who didn’t make it to Mariana’s Saturday Debut this time, may also have enjoyed the unique installation we created with Mariana in our display window. Piling mirrored cubes and spreading her double-sided photographs around, these then reflect, double and triple their presence, and so create a very visually rich micro-environment. Letting you enter the final image through your own distorted reflections, Mariana managed to create an interactive piece, which brilliantly expresses the foundation of her art, balancing on the border of our reality and it’s infinite perspectives.
Watch the video here
So if you’re passing by this week, don’t forget to turn your head, and enjoy our window.
Eva Kubickova Pina Rodrigues