GABRIELA MACHADO – ALL OF THE STAR’S COLORS – SEPTEMBER 19


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Celma Albuquerque Galeria de Arte presents, from September 12th, AN individual exhibition of the artist Gabriela Machado. The exhibition “All of the Star’s colors” tells the passage of Gabriela Machado from the horizon to the outline. After a three-year period devoted to making small paintings, the artist returns to the large format in her work.

During her last artistic residency in Lisbon this year, Gabriela ran daily in Jardim da Estrela, where she developed an observation relationship with a lake located within the square. The round lake, allocated within the sharp-edged geometry of the square is the opposite of the maritime horizon, so depicted in her small paintings prior to this new series on a public scale.

Gabriela then leaves the unreachable horizon of the sea to the palpable and traversable outline of a lake within a square. The challenge is to subvert this contour: using citrus colors, the artist seeks to give movement to what is static. If a lake is still and inviting, the paintings work to extrapolate the canvas space and repel the plunge into the placid. If before the sea was portrayed on a small scale, manipulable with the wrist, the lake encompasses a public scale on square screens like squares.

The occupation of the canvas space is how this narrative is structured and how it performs in a metalinguistic way, allocating the paintings in the  space of the Celma Albuquerque Gallery, which in turn functions as a square for lakes with sea-worthy storms.