Exhibit: Women, Trajectory at Patricia Ready Gallery
The exhibition, open until July 12, features pieces by Roser Bru, Valentina Cruz, Teresa Gazitúa, Lea Kleiner, and Lise Moller. A guided tour, led by the artists, will be conducted on June 15 at 11:30.
The Main Hall of the Patricia Ready Gallery welcomes five women who have transcended the history of contemporary visual arts. Five celebrated artists who, using their own style and language in their pieces, narrate deep social and aesthetic reflections that characterize their time. Masters in the strict sense of the word, they have all taken part in the education of new artists. The exhibition is a homage that displays a large part of Chile’s art history, highlighting the value of their creative legacy.
Roser Bru, recipient of the 2015 National Arts Award and the 1999 Altazor Visual Arts Award, will be present with both iconic and new pieces that reveal her artistic, critical, and reflective work, where bodies and tracks become mingled with the marginality of being a woman in a period of overwhelming machismo in society. A pioneer who destabilized the forms of representation of the mid 20th century by crossing out and erasing elements and including photographs, signs, and text in her pieces, Roser Bru’s work addresses memory –what is forgotten and reconstructed.
Valentina Cruz, recipient of the 2003 Altazor Award for Graphic Design and Illustration, participates with new pieces especially produced for this exhibition. This fresh work reasserts her artistic boldness, a mark of her infinite allegorical universe composed of undeniable intellectual depth and a strong sense of irony. She has received plaudits for daring to work with new sculptural materials and her avant-garde ways to display her pieces, which challenged all the established canons of the 1960s.
Teresa Gazitúa, recipient of the renowned Marcos Bontá prize, awarded by the National Academy of Fine Arts in 2013, and former Dean of the Arts Faculty of Universidad Finis Terrae between 2007 and 2012, exhibits five pieces inspired by the majesty of the Andes mountain. Her work is characterized by the marked presence of nature and her incessant respect for time and space, collecting , and tracks as natural records.
Lea Kleiner, regarded by major art critics as “the best Chilean watercolorist”, was part of the first Taller 99, an engraving workshop where she collaborated with Nemesio Antúnez and Eduardo Vilches. On this occasion, she presents nine pieces that manifest her trademarks as a watercolorist: oneiric landscapes that reflect her extensive knowledge of both her trade and color while also foregrounding her poetic ability.
Lise Moller, renowned ceramist who also belonged to Taller 99 and whose work is characterized by the absence of rhetorical resources and austerity, goes on a masterly trip between the universes of the contemporary and the ancestral. On this occasion, she exhibits the installation “Túmulo” [Tumulus], where she surprises audiences with her smart way of transversing the ephemeral, the organic, and the sculptural, resignifying the condition of the cochayuyo [a Chilean seaweed] to elevate it to the status of an art piece, which she uses to reflect on the transient and the permanent.
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