Warhol, Goya, Magritte… Self-Portraits is the second Solo exhibition presented by catalan artist Lluís Barba in the Gallery Sicart, after Travellers in Time in 2009. 18.09.2013 – 02.11.2013.
The Solo exhibition brings together works of the previous work, Travellers in Time, with his latest creations of Self-Portraits in photographic and video format.
Although each portrait is an independent work with its own message and its own identity, is part of a project more larger that has a unitary meaning which recreates the “absurd dialogue”. The exhibition consists of different self-portraits of artists who excelled in the evolution of art.
Barba has reinterpreted the work of these artists to create subjective reinterpretations, in this project the artists are the center of attention instead of their works. So analizing these new works we find parallelisms and symbolisms that connect this masters of the art with each of his funds, his lives, his artworks and his contemporaries.
“I transform the self-portraits in another reality through a parallel language. I have introduced the characters subjectively, the most representative of his biographies. I like to find elements of connection between the characters in the work and the artist represented”, Lluís Barba says.
The artist wants to motivate the audience to see and find these conceptual games, so they can be part of this subjective view of art history.
“In the work of Frida Kahlo I wanted to reflect the concerns of the artist through the woman carrying TV’s with children inside, her pain and suffering through the blood that flows from her ear. Rivera, Oldenburg and many other symbolic icons are left around her face of the artist creating a new reality”, says Barba.
The absurd dialogue appears, each of the characters speaks a different artistic language coinciding in the same space and time, as the artist suggested in this exhibition in using both a collective and individual reading.
A global language is based on the essential elements of each of us. This is a generic reading some disciplines that unify the visitors who can see, living and understanding this project.
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