“Nature Loves to Hide”: how established and emerging artists address nature and landscape

(Palm Beach, USA)

Until December 26, Lévy Gorvy and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel present Nature Loves to Hide, a collaborative exhibition focusing on the manifold ways in which established and emerging artists address nature and landscape. Drawing inspiration from the immemorial subject of the natural world, the ten artists in the exhibition head Greek philosopher Heraclitus’s enigmatic aphorism by considering the full historical, communal, and imaginative realms encompassed by the artistic genre of landscape.

Lucia LagunaFrancesco Clemente and Tu Hongtao make works that honor, deconstruct and reimagine the natural landscape around their homes. Lucia Laguna’s paintings capture the vibrancy and vitality of the flora surrounding her studio in Rio de Janeiro. Overlaying various forms of construction, intervention, and erasure, Laguna’s works construct a visual patchwork that exalts in the interstices between abstraction and figuration.

Clemente’s Winter Flower series, inspired by flowers found in parks near his home, captures the beauty and resiliency of nature to persist in even the most forbidding of conditions. Reimagining the tradition of the vanitas scene—in which short-lived blooms evoke the fragility of mortal life—Clemente painted his canvases in methodical phases, employing a careful selection of botanically-based pigments.

Tu Hongtao relies on emotional and sensorial memory to help formulate his “deep impressions” of meaningful places, including the mountains surrounding his home in Chengdu, China. Tu extends the tradition of Chinese landscape painting, expounding upon the work of post-war predecessors like Zao Wou-Ki and Cy Twombly by trailblazing new, interstitial territories for landscape and abstraction.

Similarly, artists Adriana Varejão and Janaina Tschäpe use landscape to explore cultural and personal exigencies—often relating to actual geographical or social milieus. Varejão makes visceral and sculptural paintings that interrogate aspects of the history, memory, and culture of her native Brazil. Her paintings are lined with plaster to induce an abstract, geological, and even corporeal networks of lines and fissures along their surface. Azulejo (Moon) (2021) showcases this process, along with Varejão’s rich and diverse sources of color and pattern inspiration, including Portuguese tile painting and pre-Hispanic artisanal pottery.

Tschäpe’s paintings move between reality and fabulation, occupying the intersection between landscapes that have been seen, sensed, and remembered. Since 2003, Tschäpe has created vibrant paintings that enlist a universe of hybrid forms, sometimes botanical, sometimes amorphous, alternating between figuration and abstraction. Rife with bold, swirling strokes, The Whisperer (2021) recalls the seduction of the sublime landscape, a motif that defined German Romantic painting and Sturm und Drang literature.

Marina Rheingantz, in addition to Lucio Fontana, Pat Steir and Willem de Kooning, all rely on abstraction as a means of liberating their compositions while making clear references to the topography, gravity, and dynamism of earth and water. Rivane Neuenschwander and Yves Klein, however, are included as a foil to these diverse approaches, making highly conceptual work that radically redefines conventional notions of the boundaries of space and land. Taken as a whole, the ten figures featured in Nature Loves to Hide provide an illuminating glimpse into the continued variety and prominence of the natural landscape — both experienced and abstracted — in contemporary art today.

“Nature Loves to Hide”, group show featuring 
From December 10 to 26, 2021
Lévy Gorvy Palm Beach
Slat House, The Royal Poinciana Plaza, 50 Coconut Row, Suite 122, Palm Beach FL
Visiting hours: Tue-Sat, 11am – 6pm; Sun, 12pm – 5pm
Opening: Dec 11, 12pm – 3pm

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