Our friend; established photographer and curator Henrik Haven recently travelled to Lisbon, Portugal to document two new street works by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic as well as his preparations for his upcoming solo exhibition ”The Floor is Lava” – which opens Friday this week at Underdogs Gallery.
On the Street
As part of his Lisbon residency Ernest Zacharevic has produced two new street works.
The Sardine, a reference to one of Lisbons most iconic foods and a boy interacting with an existing yellow buff line. We were told that this is how they are buffing graffiti, it is taking too much time and paint to repair the entire wall, they combat the workload by striking through the images with a single line.
Taking its title from a universal children’s game in which the players imagine the floor is made of burning lava, The Floor is Lava alludes to the carefree imagination and nostalgia characteristic of childhood, often lost in adults. Employing a more traditional approach in his delivery, Ernest presents for the first time a complete dedication to a unified theme through an exploration of his origami compositions.
New and original mixed media works – from oil paintings to origami sculptures – will be on display, as well as an edition which will be available exclusively from Underdogs Gallery.
Ernest consistently looks to introduce an element of the traditional, whether it be a technique or a specific artistic inspiration. Earlier this year he elaborated on a specific visual reference bringing to life the Mondrian inspired compositions; for this show the stark contrasts are inspired by the techniques and atmospheric painting of the Dutch masters.
Its is a slow but satisfying process completing an etching, in investing in these works of art you pay for the bruising in the hands and the aquatint in the lungs! Its so much more than just an image licensed for production, every mark is created by the artists touch.
”The Floor is Lava” – a solo exhibition from Ernest Zacharevic at Underdogs Gallery in Lisbon.
Opening reception Friday July 17, 6-9pm. On view until September 19, 2015.
Article and pictures courtesy of Henrik Haven.