Friday, 26 April 2013

Mucha Luz: A tale of Painters and Spaces in the Tropics

^Jaime Gili. “Posters for Posts”. Tynemouth, 2012. Archivo Jaime Gili


Exclusively for Saturated Space: Jaime Gili explores the impact of Tropical light and context on the modern tradition of Venezualan painting. From Armando Reveron and his 'blinding excess' of light through the Cineticos and their optically vibrating, phenomenally engaged work, and up to his own oeuvre, Gili questions the platitude that colours come from a country’s environment entirely, positing instead more historic, international, and yet personal origins for an artist’s palette. With an exemplary house in Caracas by Gio Ponti as the ideographic fulcrum representing the rich mixture of influences and ideas, tastes, styles and values that formed the context for many of these artists’ production, Gili introduces us to the world and heritage of the mobile, trans-cultural, but still very much grounded 21st century Venezualan artist.

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Monday, 1 April 2013

Little Castles Revisited: Formstone, Colour, Mimesis & Power

^Rowhouses in Baltimore faced with Formstone, photo by John McCartin


Exclusively for Saturated Space: A detailed look into the urban phenomenon of formstone in Baltimore, Maryland. From its invention as a technique, to its cultural significance and aesthetic impact as a ubiquitous streetside presence, and on to its role as an architectural emblem of socio-political transformation initially in the 20th Century and again now in the 21st; John McCartin takes a humble, colourfully applied surface finish, and reveals it to be a unique and potent agent provocateur in the perpetual field of representation and transformation that are our inner cities.


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