16 Sep – 19 Oct, 2019
14 Sep, 11h–15h
Kogan Amaro Gallery
Alameda Franca, 1054
Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, SP
It is a visible line that we observe and through which the sky appears to touch either the land or the sea. Always bringing our eyes towards the finitude of the space around us — although we know that life goes beyond this limit — this line allows us to classify what flies and what stands firm on the ground, thus becoming inherent to the human memory. This is a constant trait in the work of the São Paulo native artist, Carolina Semiatzh, it is also the connecting thread in “Possible Landscapes,” an exhibition on display at Galeria Kogan Amaro.
Four years ago, when Carolina left the verticalness of São Paulo city to go live in a small town in the northern region of the Netherlands, the horizon became the central element to her artistic production. This limit in space, or lack thereof, changed her perspective on life and work. The plains and oblique light that influenced so many artists born in the region, such as Rembrandt (1606-1669) and Vermeer (1632-1675), now influence Carolina’s vision, accentuating the interesting mix of techniques present in her work, a mixture of photography, painting, drawing, collage, monotype and engravings.
With the horizon came also the nature that follows, the movements brought by the wind, the seismic motion that began to punctuate her production. The impossible landscapes began to take shape and even become possible. This production reminds us of the images produced by the Dutchman Jan Dibbets, who has fun with the colors and lines that organize the world. Her references also flirt with Hiroshi Sugimoto’s obsession with the threshold and his sober palette, which dances among the many shades that dwell between white and black.
It is in this gray area that she encountered the artist Solange Hoppen. It is with this French artist that Carolina produced a four-handed series, also on show at the exhibition. While one artist begins to draw, the other continues on or erases the work, leaving traces and memories behind — memories that slip and stick to the walls like a horizon about to be recognized and embedded into some random landscape.
Ana Carolina Ralston