Mountains Between Us,
MAR 20th - MAY 5th, 2021
Online exhibition of Lucia Tallová for her second solo show at PARIS-B : Mountains Between Us
Between tridimensional collages and architectural installations, Lucia Tallová’s work is a visual language on its own. The arrangement of objects and images within each thoughtfully displayed artwork brings us into a world out of the norm, lost between dream and reality. With memory as its primary material, Lucia’s artistic process derives from an initial work of collecting and archiving; each object is revisited by the artist to find its place within a cabinet of curiosity, like a new character in a scenic narrative landscape.
The complex wooden constructions that were to be a part of the artistic installation “Mountains Between Us” served to divide the interior from the exterior. This architectural element represents a radical division, a barrier set between what is going on inside and outside. It symbolizes the “insurmountable mountain” between the outer and the inner world, between the public and the private.
Various installations, paintings, associations of depersonalized everyday objects a photographic studies were shown to us and exalted each other to reborn with a new and poetic meaning. It is through this act of assemblage that the final sculpture emerged, both ephemeral and timeless; The surfaces Lucia models are transcended, both in their form and in their deeper nature, and it is through that encounter that the artwork was finally born.
As another part of this exhibition, spectators were able to see a wallpaper with original design. The black-and-white structure of rocky walls that they walked by was dramatically “wedged into” the gallery space. The imaginary mountain that grew up in the gallery represented a physical barrier, an obstacle or a frontier to which the title of the exhibition itself referered: Mountains Between Us.
For this exhibition, Lucia puts the city of Paris in the spotlight through her series “Paris Diary“, made between August and September 2020 during her residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. A true travel diary made from old materials and antiquities collected during her stay, then used in the making of images and objects.
The female aspect plays an important role in the works of Lucia Tallova. It manifests itself through the symbols of feminineness, nostalgy and sentiment. The artist works with historical content, drawing on various eras, and uses old photos from the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. She compares the position of women from the beginning of last century with their current situation at the beginning of the 21st. A woman thus becomes the main character of a re-told story, personalised by the artist.
In addition to these two series, some of the artist’s other works were on display, such as a selection of serigraph paintings from her series Clouds. Kant used to say that despite all real understanding, the human imagination always strives to find shapes within clouds, because this game of perception gives him an “internal feeling of a harmonious state of the mind”. On the contrary, Lucia’s clouds bear a secret and undecodable message, hidden between ethereal beauty and oppressing motion.
Lucia Tallová was born in 1985 in Bratislava (Slovakia). She lives and works in Bratislava. She is a leading figure of the emergent Slovakian art scene.