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María Luisa Fernández at Maisterravalbuena, Madrid

“Materia Liberada,” 2017-18, by María Luisa Fernández (1955, León), Oil on canvas, 180 x 507 cm, Maisterravalbuena
(Courtesy: Artist & Maisterravalbuena)

Maisterravalbuena hosts Maria Luisa Fernandez’s “7, 608, 766, 433 +-” at Madrid. The exhibition is on view through July 19, 2018.

 The show reflects Maria Luisa Fernandez’s Malthusian (exponential population growth) ideas condemning the overpopulation of the planet and the bad use of its already scarce natural resources.

 “The tension between the culture world’s impermeability — especially that of art — and the natural environment, is expressed in this exhibition through the contrast in space of its different formal signs,” the gallery describes.

 The exhibition presents four series of recently created pieces, all bearing the generic title of “matter,” which is the defining element of existence. Two of the series are formally and conceptually linked to her former work: “Liberated Matter” (2017-2018) is a group of 100 paintings in oil on canvas where the artist overthrows the general idea of putting personal needs ahead of the common wellbeing; “Minimal Matter” (2011-2018) is a series of sculptures made in pine wood, consisting of anthropomorphous representations with features simplified to the maximum. These two series can be considered symbols of the alleged human progress.

 Maria Luisa Fernandez, born in Villarejo de Orbigo, Leon, in 1955, started her artistic career with the creation of the artistic collective CVA (Committee of Artistic Vigilance), together with Juan Luis Moraza, between 1979 and 1985. The group made sculptures, texts and actions as a critical reflection on the representation and reception mechanisms of art pieces, the institution and the contemporary art system.

After appearing in exhibitions such as Mitos y Delitos (Metronom, Barcelona and Aula de Cultura, CAM, Bilbao, 1985) her name has been linked to the so-called “New Basque Sculpture,” a group of artists who became a model of art practice and art discussions that marked the 80’s decade in the Basque Country.

 At the end of the 90’s, Maria Luisa Fernandez moved to Vigo, her current place of residence, and focused on university teaching. In 2014, a retrospective exhibition of her work took place in the Azkuna Zentroa, in Bilbao, and then in Vigo’s MARCO Foundation. These exhibitions showed two decades of her work until her last solo exhibition in 1997.

 “7, 608, 766, 433 +-” is on view through July 19, 2018 at Maisterravalbuena, Doctor Fourquet 6, Madrid, Spain.

For details, visit: http://maisterravalbuena.com/

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.      

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