Exposition Art Blog: 2019

Lygia Pape - Neo-Concrete Movement

Lygia Pape (7 April 1927 – 3 May 2004) was a prominent Brazilian visual artist, sculptor, engraver, and filmmaker, who was a key figure in the Concrete movement and a later co-founder of the Neo-Concrete Movement in Brazil during the 1950s and 1960s.Along with Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark, she was a formative artist in the expansion of contemporary art in Brazil and pushed geometric art to include aspects of interaction and to engage with ethical and political themes.
By the age of 20, Lygia Pape had joined the concrete art movement. The term "concrete art" was coined by the Dutch artist Theo van Doesburg in 1930.Concrete art intended to defend the objectivity of art though paintings that "have no other significance than [themselves]." It forbade the use of natural forms, lyricism, and sentiment.
After her involvement with the Grupo Frente Concrete artists, Lygia Pape transitioned into the short wave of Neo-Concrete art. In 1959 Pape was a signatory of the Neo-Concrete Manifesto, along with Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica.The Neo-Concretists believed that art represented more than the materials used to create, but that it also transcended these "mechanical relationships".The manifesto claimed that art does not just occupy mechanical space, but it "transcends it to become something new."Neo-Concrete artists aimed to create a new expressive space in which an artwork is a living being to have a relationship with and to experience through the senses. Thus, Neo-Concrete artworks usually required the viewer's active participation. It is through the presence and participation of the viewer that the artwork becomes complete.The Neo-concrete artists did not totally reject Concrete art. Concrete art remained the basis of Neo-concrete art, but it was reformulated. Neo-Concrete artists adapted concrete art's geometric shapes and transformed them into organic three-dimensional objects to be manipulated by participants and to be experienced sensorially. The works intended to counteract the urban alienation created by a modern society and integrate both the intellect and the physical body for meditative experiences.
In explaining her approach, Lygia Pape said:
 "My concern is always invention. I always want to invent a new language that's different for me and for others, too... I want to discover new things. Because, to me, art is a way of knowing the world... to see how the world is... of getting to know the world."
Pape specifically during her Neo-Concrete period was interested in the “proposal to ‘live the body.’”This phrase indicates Pape’s interest in how the physical body acts as our mediator for all sensual experiences. Pape sought to explore this idea of the body’s relation in space by creating multi-sensorial experiences in her artwork.Wikipedia

Frans Krajcberg - Environmental activist, Sculptor and Brazilian Painter

Frans Krajcberg ( 1921 – 2017) was a Polish Brazilian painter, sculptor, engraver and photographer. Known for his environmental activism, Krajcberg denounced the destruction of the Brazilian forests, using materials such as burnt wood from illegal forest fires in his artworks
"Krajcberg's oeuvre continues to express anxiety and concern about the future of natural environment in Brazil and worldwide. ‘His work carries an ethical dimension, it transcends the art framework,’ the art critic Agnaldo Farias says about him. In the 1980s, Krajcberg began working on the series Africana, in which he used roots, grape and palm tree vines in combination with mineral pigments. His sculptures are made mainly out of tree trunks and roots washed up on shores. He has made many trips to the Amazonia and Mato Grosso state – the two most environmentally rich regions in Brazil. He began taking photographs of the Amazon Rainforest, which is gradually eradicated as a result of deforestation. From that time on, he also started using charred tree parts, their roots, trunks, and branches.
Our planet is in a grave situation. Nature is revengeful, and we harm it too much. We mustn't remain passive. – the artist claims."(Author: Aleksandra Pluta; translated by AM, June 2016; updated by AZ, Nov 2017  culture.pl )

Ingemar Härdelin

"Since 2015 I only paint abstract expressionistic inspired of all the fantastic patterns and formations you can see everywhere in Nature."Ingemar Härdelin 

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Lilika Arnaki

I have studied and worked at a high-school as a teacher for 18 years. I have presented 9 personal exhibitions in Thessaloniki and Athens and took part in 36 team exhibitions in Thessaloniki Volos Chalcidice Athens Paros Santorini Torino Atalla Turkey. I am an active member in the club of painters Thessaloniki and Unesco.
I have taken part in an artistic mission at the international exhibition MANUALMENTE at Torino Italy.
I have written 2 books the one of them an Anthology with 51 pieces of art and 51 poems which is prorposed for an award.I create jewels in the same way I paint.In my art the main role has the human which I work through  a variety of ways with the purpose to show not only the external physiological parts byt also the inner well hidden world of the illustrated.Faces portraits of men and mainly women appear via non -combustible materials burned newspapers,sand,wood,cloth,sieve and magazines I convert them into sculptures so changing page another piece of art appears.I am not limited in simplicity but I look forthing of current life.
Simlicity is beauty apart from words and feelings. The right proportions of light and shadows in a picture are limited from the place and time to beauty and ugliness.But what is beyond lines and shapes beyond education and knowledge is the essence of beauty.

Manabu Mabe - Abstract Paintings

Manabu Mabe (1924 –1997) was a Japanese-Brazilian painter. Mabe worked as a vendor of hand-painted ties in São Paulo before becoming a famous artist.In the late 1950s, Mabe won the top award in São Paulo's Contemporary Art Salon, the top award as Brazil's best painter in the São Paulo Bienal, and the top honors for artists under 35 at Paris's first biennial.On January 30, 1979, after an exhibition in Tokyo, 53 of his paintings were on board a Varig cargo Boeing 707-323C en route from Tokyo - Narita to Rio de Janeiro-Galeão via Los Angeles. The aircraft went missing over the Pacific Ocean some 30 minutes (200 km ENE) from Tokyo. The cause is unknown since the wreck was never found. The paintings were lost.Wikipedia