Alter [awl-ter] v. To make or become something. From Latin alter (the other).
November 2014 Exhibition Catalogue
Table of Contents Behind stones. Alter, alterity and alternatives.
Katherine Di Turi
Behind stones. Alter, alterity and alternatives. “To alter” is to change, or to cause change. With its etymological root in Latin meaning "other," the word draws our attention to the significance, rather than the scale of change. “To alter” is not simply to become another. By directly linking the idea of transformation to the figure of “the Other,” the word underlines that our identity and the very process of change are generated through the reflection of what we project upon “the Other.” “To alter” does not exist without the philosophical alterity or the other of two.
hinting at the mutability between object and the self. Marisol Malatesta’s geometric works draw our eyes to the construction of our projections, as what at first seems solid is revealed to be comprised of multiple layers. Natural elements are depicted in this exhibition not only as protectors and concealers (Paz’ work); they also reflect the weight and harshness of reality and the difficulty of altering. Indeed, the series of portraits by Katherine Di Turi play with the weight of seemingly oppressive rocks obscuring the face of peasants. These rocks are in fact chalk stones, both light and malleable. Following these reflections on the weight and lightness, materiality and immateriality, Andrea Gómez presents a series of stones carved with youtube links on their surfaces and an imposing declaration on the wall: "Physical Death Spiritual Death". The dichotomies of body/soul, permanence/“virtuality” are made explicit, inviting us to reflect on categorizations that are truly mutable, what can and should be altered.
All the works in this exhibition are concerned with ideas of transformation, often addressing the processes behind it without revealing its entirety. These works freeze a sequence of alteration, presenting a partial perspective as if it were an intimate moment. Such is the case of Improntas, in which Lucía Pizzani presents a series of photographs of figures whose femininity is insinuated but not absolutely certain. They are chrysalises caught in their own metamorphosis. The idea of change as a natural process and nature as a dynamic force that transforms is also acutely present in the work of Alicia Paz, whose striking portraits of women covered by endless elements operate simultaneously as both mask and landscape. Lucia Vera's work is a series of compositions, which although evocative of the classic still lifes, offer a point of abstract uncertainty,
Alter is a group of artworks that delineate change; the artists experiment with the transformative potential of being and of matter. Hiding behind stones, they suggest change through otherness, ultimately inviting us to alter ourselves. 5
Katherine Di Turi (Venezuela, 1972) Katherine Di Turi is a London-based artist whose work uses pre-existent images from a wide range of sources such as magazine pages, photographic albums, postcards and found photographs. She partially covers them with stones, filters, or with paint; or reworks them through collage. The alteration and recompilation of these images is then re-inserted into the realm of photography in their final presentation, often resulting in works which are both abstract and representational at the same time. Di Turi received an MFA in Fine Art Media at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and a BA in Fine Art at the Instituto Armando Reverón in Caracas.
Recent group exhibitions include: 4, rue des Matelots, Square Art Projects, Arles (2013); Photo Opportunity, Maddox Arts Gallery, London (2012); 31 Women in Art Photography, Humble Arts Foundation, New York (2012); and Works on Paper, Fernando Zubillaga Gallery, Caracas (2010). Solo exhibitions: Neverland: Bid in Absence, Tiendaderecha, Barcelona, (2010), and Serrana Estate, Kowasa Gallery, Barcelona (2009). She was also selected for the V Concurso de Fotografía de Gran Formato en el espacio Urbano, Castellón (2007) and The X Salón Internacional del Grabado y Ediciones de Arte Contemporáneo Estampa, Madrid (2002). Since 2005 Di Turi has also been the co-director of Square Art Projects, a nomadic project that explores the boundaries between the roles of the artist and curator, creating exhibitions that bring together viewer and art in novel settings. 7
Katherine Di Turi Female Farmer (Chalk Portrait after Erna Lendvai-Dircksen) C Type print on Fuji Archival paper Edition of 5 + 1AP 26 x 18.5 cm 8
Katherine Di Turi Fine Woman (Chalk Portrait after Erna Lendvai-Dircksen) C Type print on Fuji Archival paper Edition of 5 + 1AP 26 x 18.5 cm 9
Katherine Di Turi Worker (Chalk Portrait after Erna Lendvai-Dircksen) C Type print on Fuji Archival paper Edition of 5 + 1AP 26 x 18.5 cm 10
Katherine Di Turi Young Farmer (Chalk Portrait after ErnaLendvai-Dircksen) C Type print on Fuji Archival paper Edition of 5 + 1AP 26 x 18.5 cm 11
Andrea Gómez (Colombia, 1977) Andrea Gómez has exhibited in Colombia, Portugal, Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain, and Germany. She is the co-founder of L’automática (www.lautomatica.org), Todojunto (www.todojunto.net) and Joystick (www.jstk.org). Her solo shows include Metacollage at Galerie T, Dusseldorf (2014); L’air du Temps at Me & the Curiosity, Barcelona (2014); Les Habilitats at ECCM, Barcelona (2011); Archivos Mayo at Espai Zero1, Olot (2006). She has also participated in group shows including Une vie à la Gomme at Galeria Maserre, Barcelona (2013); Dandy at Galería Dama Aflita, Oporto (2012), Spermöla at Casa Encendida, Madrid (2005); Tropical table Party at the Bienal del Caribe, Republica Dominicana (2004), and Joystickers, Zeppelin at Sound Art Festival, CCCB, Barcelona (2003). Andrea has also participated in numerous biennales, festivals and art fairs and has been reviewed internationally.
Andrea G贸mez Space Landscape Collage and spray on paper
Andrea G贸mez Black Stones Gold ink over stones
Andrea G贸mez Type of Death Lacquered wood 40 x 45 cm (approx.) 16
Marisol Malatesta (Peru, 1976) Marisol Malatesta’s work has been exhibited in group shows such as Connecting Worlds, The Drawing Room in London, The Europe Triangle, Royal College of Art and The Goethe Institute in London and Remesas: Flujos Simbólicos / Movilidades de Capital, Fundación Telefónica, Lima. Marisol was selected for the Jerwood Contemporary Painters 2007 exhibited in London, Cardif, and Manchester. Some of her most recent solo shows include Orange beats Blue, Blue beats Yellow, Yellow beats Orange at Maquis Projects in Turkey, AΔB at Spazio19 Gallery - Artdate in Bergamo, La Corrosión del Carácter, Vegapunk Project Space in Milan, Parts of the Face are Not Likely to Move Much Either at the Peruvian Embassy in London, 2010 and I’m Not Pregnant! At Meals and Suv’s Project Space in London, 2008. Marisol's work has been the subject of various catalogues and publications and has been reviewed internationally (ArtMotiv Magazine, Epifanio, The Saatchi Gallery Magazine Art and Music, and A-N Magazine, among others). The title of Marisol’s current project AΔB frames, with a certain air of irony, a series of drawings that use the symbolic power of the above mathematical formula to investigate the idea of conviviality. Each work is the result of the union of two designs, A and B, cut and weaved by hand to form a fabric. In this way, Marisol creates a dialogue that highlights the partial bond between the two, having parts in common and other discordant. Funeral fabrics made in the pre-Columbian cultures inspired the works. Marisol is a Visiting Tutor at Art University Bournemouth and has participated in projects with NABA La Nuova Accademia di belle Arti Milano. She studied a Post Graduate and a Masters Degree at University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins and a BA at the Universidad Catolica del Perú. 17
Marisol Malatesta Equation Ink on paper and then weaved 57 x 41 cm 18
Marisol Malatesta Hypothesis Ink on paper and then weaved 98 x 64 cm 19
Marisol Malatesta Theorem Ink on paper and then weaved 63 x 40 cm 20
Alicia Paz (Mexico, 1967) Alicia Paz has had several solo exhibitions in the UK, France, Mexico, and Argentina, most recently at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Paris, and at Galerie Dukan (both in 2013). Key solo projects include "Drawing Now Paris" at the Carrousel du Louvre with Galerie Dukan & Hourdequin (2012), Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2006) and Ruth Benzacar Gallery in Buenos Aires (2005). A semi-retrospective exhibit of her work was featured in L.A.C. SigĂŠan in collaboration with FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, as part of the regional biennial titled "Casanova Fort et Vert" (2010). Alicia has participated in various international painting survey exhibits such as "Slow Magic, Contemporary Approaches to Painting" at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2009) as well as "Heute. Spektrum. Malerei." at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg (2012). Alicia's work has been the subject of various catalogues and publications and has been reviewed internationally (Art News, Art Press, Modern Painters, Art Forum, The Guardian, Le Monde, Reforma, etc.). Over several years, Alicia Paz has explored the tension between artifice/ illusion and the veracity of actual processes involved in painting, exposing the duplicitous nature of representation. At present her aim is to research, through the idiosyncrasies of her medium, whether a multiplicity of pictorial languages, styles, quotations and mannerisms can be explored simultaneously, 'harnessed and liberated' in such a way as to render them poignant vehicles for her own subjective reflection on identity. Aliciaâ€™s paintings, collages, and standing figures are richly patterned and textured. They dwell on notions of hybridity, assemblage, and metamorphosis. Alicia focuses particularly on the female figure: the Self is experienced and presented as multiple, fluid, paradoxical. Alicia Paz graduated from U.C. Berkeley, ENSBA-Paris, Goldsmiths College, and Royal College of Art, London. 21
Alicia Paz Guardians of the Secret Mixed media on canvas 200 x 160 cm 22
Alicia Paz PensĂŠes Oil, acrylic, and collage on canvas 190 x 130 cm 23
Alicia Paz Soeurs Mixed media on paper 56 x 38 cm 24
Alicia Paz Toto Mixed media on paper 65.5 x 48 cm 25
Alicia Paz Umbra Mixed media and collage on paper 46 x 25.5 cm 26
Lucia Pizzani (Venezuela, 1975) In 2013, Lucia Pizzani received Venezuela’s preeminent award for artists under 40, the “Premio Eugenio Mendoza” and was recognized with the Emerging Artist Award by the International Association of Arts Critics (AICA), Venezuelan Chapter. In 2006 she received the 2nd National Young Award Salon FIA and a special mention in the Region 0 Video art festival in New York. More recently, she was one of eight artists presenting a featured solo project in London’s Pinta 2014. Her work is included in important public and private collections such as the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros (US, Venezuela), the Essex Collection for Art from Latin America (UK) and the MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art (Los Angeles, US), among others. She has exhibited widely in the US, the UK, and Venezuela.
Her practice is an expressive and mixed media approach involving the body, performance and self, translated into photography, video and sculpture. Having studied biology at NY’s Columbia University, Lucia deals with organic and environment enquiries. She further uses her studies as a device to investigate and expose gender issues inspired in historical research. She is based in London, where she completed a Master in Fine Arts at the Chelsea College of Arts. 27
Lucia Pizzani Impronta Series Wet collodion processed photography printed on cotton paper. 40 x 30 cm Note: Also available as the original aluminium plate, 9x13cm 28
Lucia Pizzani Impronta Series Wet collodion processed photography printed on cotton paper. 40 x 30 cm Note: Also available as the original aluminium plate, 9x13cm 29
Lucia Pizzani Impronta Series Wet collodion processed photography printed on cotton paper. 40 x 30 cm Note: Also available as the original aluminium plate, 9x13cm 30
Lucia Pizzani Impronta Series Wet collodion processed photography printed on cotton paper. 40 x 30 cm Note: Also available as the original aluminium plate, 9x13cm 31
Lucia Pizzani Impronta Series Wet collodion processed photography printed on cotton paper. 40 x 30 cm Note: Also available as the original aluminium plate, 9x13cm 32
Lucia Pizzani Capullo A8 Stoneware with multilayered glazing. 40 x 20 x 12 cm
Lucia Pizzani Capullo A1 Stoneware with multilayered glazing. 30 x 17 x 8 cm
Lucia Pizzani Capullo A5 28 x 15 x 9 cm Capullo A6 33 x 26 x 9 cm Both stoneware with multi-layered glazing 35
Lucia Vera (Venezuela, 1986) Lucia Vera’s work has been exhibited in group shows including East London Painting Prize at Bowarts, London, Connecting Worlds at The Drawing Room, London, and Things you don't do / Things you do do at Bath School of Art Gallery, Bath, all in 2014. Previously, Lucia has participated in exhibitions at London’s Vigo Gallery and Flowers Gallery, at New York’s Brucennial, One Art Space Gallery and Cooper Union Gallery. Her solo exhibitions include Amorbo at Cooper Union Gallery in New York (2010) and Saboreo y Zapateo at Goya18 Gallery in Barcelona (2009). Lucia graduated from the Cooper Union School of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology, both located in New York. Lucia's work toys between the illusion and materiality of paint, which relates to the paradox of their subjects. Even when the picture is not of a figure, her subject is the figurative genre and painting itself. Her paintings usually both vulgar and appealing, comment humorously on the portrayal of women. As one, Lucia is interested in overtly appropriating and mocking the language that objectifies women throughout history, releasing the tensions surrounding the subject. 37
Lucia Vera Duplex Oil on canvas 60 x 42 cm 38
Lucia Vera Elephant Oil on cotton 152 x 107 cm 39
Lucia Vera Jelly Jammers Oil on canvas 60 x 52 cm 40
Lucia Vera Ostra Oil on canvas 30 x 40 cm 41