Patrícia Dauder, from Barcelona, is exhibiting Surface at the National Gallery in Prague. It is a series of drawings, objects and photographs that seek the abstraction of perceptions and the handling of the material. Surface will open on 16th February and will run until 9th September.
Conceived in situ, Surface is Patricia Dauder’s poetic elaboration of an image as a complex architecture, composed of layers of memory and meaning. The installation builds up a dialogue amongst several elements, carefully distributed in a space, which are commonly dark, flat, and that share a certain fragile appearance and a virtual lack of volume. Their spatial choreography enhances a conversation as they seem to face each other or to be connected by invisible lines. Even though these elements could be perceived as drawing and sculpture, they transcend their dimensionality and become mere surfaces. They all have resulted from the action of erasing, eroding or wasting a prior structure until obtaining a unique image-object. As the title evokes, they seem to have been deprived of content, as relegated to superficial layers or “skins”, but they retain the scent of a space, an action, or an object. Recalling debris, at the same time they evoke the experience and materiality of ordinary objects and not so ordinary spaces.
The National Gallery in Prague houses the country’s most important art collection. It has an extraordinary list of modern European works of art by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Renoir and Van Gogh.
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