Banks of images, archives, reproduction of codes and the multiple layers in a reality understood under a variety of possibilities. João Laia interviews the artist Diogo Evangelista. Evangelista presented work at Pedro Cera‘s booth at ARCOmadrid2014.
Bodily visions, double images and archetypes. Interview with Diogo Evangelista
Diogo Evangelista. Sunset, 2013
João Laia: Throughout your practice you have been privileging the use of common, everyday images, sometimes almost visual clichés. Could you comment and explain your interest in this universe?
Diogo Evangelista: I believe the most inexplicable mysteries to be found in the more ordinary and sometimes most obvious places. My objective is always to simplify. I start with what’s more easily accessible, magazines and especially the web: youtube, wikipedia and google among others.
In a way the travel is always interior. I am interested in examining where these neglected images can take us, in exploring what they hold inside and what they can trigger in us.
Joao Laia writes about text on painting (or painting on text), following the work of Irma Blank. The relationship between book and canvas, between the structure of a single page and the gesture of the artist, between language and abstraction.
Paintings, the silent writings of Irma Blank drawings
I. Blank, Eigenschriften, p. 87, 1970
Since the late 1960s Irma Blank has been exploring the continuities and ruptures between written and visual languages, focusing on the elemental potentialities of the sign, reimagined as a site of infinite discovery. Blank’s method is established around series of work where the artist explores a specific mode of analytical production. Using text as a main reference point, the artist recurrently employs and quotes the book as a means to organize and contextualize her gestures. In her two first major cycles, Eigenschriften and Trascrizioni, the book is alluded to either directly or via its primary element: the page, both series displaying homogeneous textual landscapes. More recent bodies of work such as Radical Writing and especially Avant-testo depart from this line, enhancing the abstract potential of her method and abandoning all direct representations of the sign.
Textuality and emotion in art. from artwork to sensation to themarket: Laure Prouvost
João Laia composes a text around the work of Laure Prouvost, observing the emotional factor of some linguistic content and also the specificity of mood for art presentation spaces.
‘…THIS PAGE IS SUPER SLOW AND FRUSTRATING IT’S REALLY HAD TO TURN IT; THIS PAGE IS SO SLIMLY; THIS IS THE WRONG PAGE; THIS PAGE IS SO HEAVY.’ 1
You might be thinking that the quote with which I have decided to open this text would perhaps be more apt to a newspaper or magazine article. The virtuality of online media such as this blog based platform, could possibly reduce or at least interfere with the physical immediacy those lines aim at. The constant references to the material attributes of the object are provoking frustration by the fact it is nowhere to be found. Being very blunt: there are no paper pages for you to turn, feel or touch. There is simply a mouse/touch pad or something, where you scroll up and down and click. There is something for you to touch but it’s not which the phrases refer to. You cannot follow their meaning through. The image has no matter being rather built out of dots. You could and still can touch the screen or the keyboard though, but it wouldn’t be the same thing, would it?
Well try it then.