Bill Lowe Gallery presents Argonauts: Separated Land, an examination of human nature and the innate desire to belong, adapt and dominate our surroundings, in a one man show of paintings and sculpture by Portuguese artist
The works comprising this show explore the history of conquest and the genetic impulse which transform the collective into the phenomenon of territorial identity, concepts of space/ nation, belonging and bonding. Gaspar’s work analyzes man’s permanent usage of a complex network of languages and codes, electing colors, materials, graphics and objects that reinforce that marking, emphasizing the similarities and denouncing the differences, on a primary and uncontrollable appropriation on values and rights.
Fernando Gaspar creates his work by exploring the stroke, the drawing and the color. It is a quest for the essential in an insistent, physical movement. He layers his materials in a continual progression, allowing the work to drift, return and never repeat. His subject matters are not always objects of empathy; nor should they be. The dominating “presence” as a counterpoint to the “absence” through domination is portrayed by the layering of charcoal and paint.
Alfredo Bovio di Giovanni’s life spanned almost the entirety of the 20th century. Born in Fontana Liri, Italy on June 11th, 1907 this extraordinary artistic impresario spent decades foraging through many of the dominant movements that defined the progression of art history. By the time of his death in 1995, Di Giovanni had elaborated a personal quest for modes of expression that would give to his visual language a unique flair – different from his predecessors and contemporaries. This exhibition is comprised of important works from his final body of work, coupled with selected works from earlier years. They form a pictorial tour de force mined from a piercing intellect and a technical virtuosity.
Alfredo Bovio di Giovanni created a world that is a space seemingly void of scheme or design. His art is not defined by traditions of light, shadow or perspective. His vision is more of a dream, a seizure of the visionary moment of unconsciousness, a merciless digging among the fears and uncertainties the reason wards off in order to live. The figures that populate his paintings seem to be watching us inquisitively, as if to be spying on our life from a parallel plane. His work exists in a poetic tension in-between peace and turmoil, conscious and unconscious.