Analogue beauty and simplicity of form is what you can expect from these small exhibitions at Lisbon’s Culturgest Art Gallery. One ticket will grant you access to both presentations, each one with its own unique personality. One very still (Geys), the other very lively (Palolo), both very analogue and ready to be seen up to September 9th.
The Culturgest Art Gallery recently peeked my interest with a poster showcasing Contact Sheets of 35mm black and white film, entitled 'The Shadows of Lisbon' by Jef Geys. That the ticket also gave access to António Palolo’s unpublished analogue motion artwork was a pleasant surprise.
In 1998 the artist Jef Geys happened to visit Lisbon, having then taken some photographs with the same visual motif: shadows projected on the surfaces of the city. From these stills some were masterfully selected and curated by Miguel Wandschneider, who calls attention to the fact that even though these pictures have nothing to do with the elaborate artistic concepts and statements that contemporary art is based upon, they are somehow ‘available to art’. I believe he says this because the images are beautiful studies of form, texture and light; intriguing in the way the subject is taken out of its context.
António Palolo’s work, on the other end, is full of vibrant colours, frantic motions and deep abstractions. A series of small films are the results of the unpublished experiments Palolo did with 8mm and Super 8 film, all the way back in the 60s and 70s.
The first group of films is mainly focused in the deconstruction of the human body, the shapes, organic and geometric, dancing across the screen in a frenzy reminiscent of the Russian Constructivists.
The rest of the movies are abstractions worthy of the best science fiction awards. The plays of light on the textures and simple materials captured in such a dreamy way that one completely believes one is witnessing the Big Bang itself, in all its Super 8mm analogue glory.
I very much recommend the visit, so I hope whoever happens to be walking the streets of Lisbon until September 9th feels compelled to take a look.