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Bart (1931-2008)

 

Professor Bartolomeu dos Santos was a wonderfully creative printmaker and teacher of printmaking. Barto was born in Lisbon in 1931 and studied six years at the Escola Superior de Belas Artes in Lisbon (1950–1956). He then came to London for what was intended to be a short period of further study. He entered the UCL Slade School of Fine Art in 1956 where he was introduced to “the potentialities of aquatint, with its deep, profound blacks and beautiful half tones that Goya understood so well’. Over the next fifty years, there was not one year when he did not show work in an exhibition, and there were to be over a hundred one-man shows, not just in Britain or in Portugal, but all over Europe, the Americas and Asia. His highly skilled yet playful prints allow the appreciator to enter into the world of the liberated imagination.

Portuguese Men of War (1961)

Battle (1999)

close up of 'Library' (1991)

 

b. 1956, Cheshire, England

Mass

My first contact with the fixed ether-reality installations of Cornelia Park was “MASS” at the Phoenix Art Museum, where every Thursday of my senior year of High school was spent (the free admission day, after early dismissal).

I found out that this piece was created during a residency at ArtPace in San Antonio, Texas, in 1997, after she read about a Baptist Church in nearby Lytle that was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. She obtained permission from the church to gather the charred remains, which she then suspended from the ceiling with thread and wire to create Mass. The ‘mass’ creates a suspended cube, void of life and a sense of estrangement. Reminiscent of Slavoj Zizek’s article that says the only church that illuminates is the burning church.

Over the years I have come across many more of her suspended (physically and temporally) and am continually struck by the power and grace that she creates in these subtle choreographies of space.

"Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View."

30 Pieces of Silver

Neither From Nor Towards

And then, when you stumble upon her drawings and photography…

Meteorite Lands in the Middle of Nowhere, 2001

Blue Shift, 2001

Marks made by Freud, Subconsciously, 2000

New Work installed at Habit Coffee on Pandora (Chinatown), Victoria, BC

Up through February, 2012. Some drawings for sale.

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