Black Pony Gallery is receiving set to open an on-line exhibition tomorrow [April 10] showcasing will work by artist Leonor Almeida Pereira, a mixed media artist at this time dwelling in São Miguel Island, the Azores.
Curator Lisa Howie stated, “Black Pony Gallery aims to signify gifted present-day artists from the Atlantic Environment, starting up with Bermuda and extending north and south from the Azores to Trinidad. Due to the fact starting up in July 2019, the gallery now represents ten artists from Bermuda and the eyesight of growing out to other islands is swiftly becoming a reality.
“Black Pony is delighted to welcome artist Leonor Almeida Pereira, a mixed media artist at this time dwelling in São Miguel Island, the Azores.
“Pereira is showcased in an unique on-line solo exhibition entitled The Common Not known, April 10 – May perhaps 4, 2020. In this series of abstract paintings, Pereira explores the oceanic horizon and landscape as areas that are at the moment acquainted and unfamiliar. Sculptural qualities entice us to really feel the contours, to immerse into the depths, or plunge headlong into a sea with or without having colour.
“Pereira, or Loope as she would prefer to be identified as, has a diploma in Good Arts – Painting, from the College of Évora, Portugal, and a specialization in present-day art scientific tests, a Masters and Doctorate in Good Arts, from the College of Vigo, Spain.
“In São Miguel, her birthplace, she has been a coordinator at the Arquipélago Contemporary Artwork Centre and a curator at the Museum Carlos Machado. In 2018 she opened Oficina in Ponta Delgada, an art gallery and studio, where by she produces her artwork and encourages the perform of other artists, local and international.”
Under is a quick Q & A concerning the artist and curator Lisa Howie.
LH: Due to the fact meeting you previous August I’m psyched to announce that you are the initially non-Bermuda centered artist to be a part of Black Pony Gallery. Thank you so significantly for the prospect to perform together. The Azores is a beautiful area. How does island daily life tell your artwork?
Loope: Thank you for getting me. In my artwork, I look for to convey a specified temper, my temper or the island’s [maybe both equally], making use of a visual language motivated by geography, geology, volcanology, etc. For me, natural beauty is critical I look at it a human have to have, a issue of health and fitness, and character stands out as some of its eventualities are printed in my mind as rules.
Having said that, what drives me to do my perform is something else that is present in me no matter of where by I are living, much more like a thoughts set, a predisposition. I read someplace that intuition was processed in a location of the mind identified as insula, a term that derives ‘island’. I uncovered that curious. So, I guess the island informs my artwork in mysterious techniques.
LH: Materials, specifically paper, and how it can be remodeled is of specific interest in your portfolio. Can you describe your art making procedure?
Loope: Paper is a pretty resourceful product for the numerous choices it presents you. You have good quality paper being generated for art observe, wonderful paper that improves your best intentions, but that can also intimidate you or even paralyze you mainly because it is so beautiful that the best matter you can do with it is allow it be.
This paper is nice and polite a dialogue with it rarely turns into an argument. On the other hand, there is so significantly paper waste, paper dropped from its initial uses: web pages of aged books with time printed on their yellowish worn-out edges that can be specified a different use, a single that also tells a story or tough paper applied for packaging that can be remodeled into a 3D fowl-perspective landscape.
These are readily available and willing to take part components, but you have to enjoy the ingredient of shock or, much more critical but, you have to regard their unpredictable character and shell out focus to what they have to say. In any scenario, the inventive procedure is often a dialogue with the unique qualities of the components and equipment.
LH: I comprehend that you have modified gallery areas due to the fact I was previous in Ponta Delgada. How is your new location?
Loope: This new room provides superior conditions to produce my artwork as perfectly as to welcome and host the perform of other artists so I’m pretty pleased with it. It went as a result of a procedure of transformation and it was good to see it becoming what I experienced imagined. I’m also proud of what it represents as it residences an independent venture.
LH: How is the present-day art scene in São Miguel Island?
Loope: The Azores is now much more desirable not only as a location that artists can check out and exhibit their perform, but also as a area to perform in residence. But offering these options is not the similar as getting a balanced inventive local natural environment. We absence art-universities as perfectly as a specified cultural dynamic that comes of a network of art experts dwelling right here and producing their perform in a standard bases, showcasing their perform, chatting about it, sharing problems and details of perspective, joined in common jobs, creating conversations and options to themselves and some others.
It’s a discipline with quite a few gaps. But I feel factors are altering. I can also say that I will try to deliver my contribution by producing this venture the best way I can.
LH: I could not ask for nearly anything much more. I think the earth is going to appreciate your artwork. The best matter we can do for our ocean certain inventive skills is to locate inventive remedies for partaking with a broader audience. The Atlantic Environment is a new territory for the art industry to investigate albeit not a necessarily quick a single to navigate in reality. Currently being on-line is liberating for all people included. And now they have uncovered you.
The full Leonor Almeida Pereira artwork listing follows down below [PDF right here]:
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