Leonor Antunes’ work is a reflection on architecture, design and art of the 20th century. Her first show at Marian Goodman Gallery is stunningly beautiful.
The Portuguese artist (*1972, Lisbon) uses measurements of features of buildings and objects as well as drawings and paintings and translates them into sculptural structures. By doing so, Antunes uses materials such as rope, leather, cork, glass, brass and plexiglass. The majority of the artists and architects she refers to in her work are female.
The exhibition titled a thousand realities from an original mark unfolds on both levels of the gallery. On the ground floor, powder-coated brass elements hanging from the ceiling form the central pieces of the installation. They are accompanied by leather sculptures and lamps. While the brass pieces are based on a relief by British artist Mary Martin, the lamps were inspired by drawings by Anni Albers. Only on a second look one notices that the cork floor is part of the installation, too.
On the upper level, free-standing brass and polycarbonate panels dominante the gallery space. Each screen of the panels corresponds to the measurements of the glass panels of the Upper Lawn Pavilion in Wiltshire built between 1959 and 1962 by British architects Alison and Peter Smithson. The panels are paired with hanging rope sculptures that repeat the leather sculptures from the ground floor.
On both floors the individual elements are beautiful but what how they are grouped and how they interact with the space makes this show very unique – especially on a day like the one of the opening when the natural light on the upper floor put its final touches on the installation. Truly magical.
Marian Goodman Gallery London
Through 20 July 2018