THE RESISTANCE OF LIGHT, Altea Grau. Photo Birgitte Munk

THE RESISTANCE OF LIGHT, Altea Grau. Photo Birgitte Munk

THE RESISTANCE OF LIGHT, Altea Grau. Photo Birgitte Munk

‘Light pressure’ 2021, Photopolymer gravure. 29 x 21 cm, Altea Grau

THE RESISTANCE OF LIGHT, 2021, Altea Grau. Photo Birgitte Munk

THE RESISTANCE OF LIGHT, 2021. Screenprint on glass, cooper and photopolymer print on newsprint.

La palabra que se guarda. 2020. Graphite on tracing paper and laser-cut.39 x 29 cm. Altea Grau

Opening 1.10.2021, Photo Birgitte Munk

Adentro en la espesura (Inside in the thickness)  2021. Etching and graphite, 150 x 60 cm. Unique artwork

Constellation: exosphere. 2021. Cyanotype, 100 x 60 cm, Altea Grau

Circumpolar Constellation. 2021. Cyanotype, 45 x 30 cm. Unique artwork, Altea Grau

Opening 1.10.2021, Photo Birgitte Munk

Clarors del Bosc (Forest’s clearings), 2021. Polypthic of 5 laser-cut carbon papers. Unique artwork.

Clarors del Bosc (Forest’s clearings), 2021. Polypthic of 5 laser-cut carbon papers. Detail.

Opening 1.10.2021, Photo Birgitte Munk

THE RESISTANCE OF LIGHT, 2021, Altea Grau. Detail. Photo Birgitte Munk

Opening 1.10.2021, Photo Birgitte Munk

‘Light pressure. Wall prints’, 2021. Altea Grau.  Photo Birgitte Munk

The resistance of light
Altea Grau (UK)
1-16 October 2021

Absent and present,

                                          saying and silent,

on the page or invisible.

                      The text itself or the absence of it,

                      lives in the page.

For this exhibition, Altea Grau is interested in exploring methods of suggesting text. She searches for traces that open up a reflection around the significant value of the fold, blank spaces, the cavities of language and the importance of light. The artist interprets the concept of light as a metaphor of the word, creating a tension between the ephemeral, and at the same time permanent nature of the language.

Philosopher María Zambrano, in her essay ‘Claros del Bosque’ says: there is a word, just one word which we don’t know if it has passed the barrier that separates the silence from its sound. Zambrano reflects here about notions of absence and presence, and the ambiguity of what is real and tangible.

Altea has taken inspiration from these reflections to create her prints, drawings, projections and glass pieces, studying the opacity and transparency of significance, the shadows and suspension of messages to create new pages using the erosion and loss of words. Her drawings and prints aim to generate a perceptual tension for the reader: the page itself and the drawing.

She tries to play with the inherent duality of writing but to also create a visual contradiction to generate a new perceived space. She wants to produce a rupture between a recognisable structure and a distant exterior world.

’ This exhibition has a very experimental approach. I am creating artworks that push the boundaries of the printmaking techniques. My aim is to deeply explore the very fundamentals of the print processes, and this involves reflecting on the concept of matrix, the importance of the pressure, the duality and the echo of the reversal.

I experiment with the tools, chemicals, materials and elements involved in the production of a matrix and its consequent reproduction to help me to refer to philosophical matters that I relate to the actual manufacture of the print. I also explore how this medium is expanding into the form of installation and how its edges start to blur when it is combined with video, sculpture, and site-specific pieces’, Altea Grau

ABOUT

Altea Grau (UK), Visual artist and Researcher

She is interested in exploring the concept of reading and the notion of the double page spread as a place to develop site-specific practice.

She investigates the meaning that emerges from the engagement with the visual, spatial, material and connotative properties of the opened book.

She exhibits nationally and internationally and continues to contribute to key debates through exhibitions, conferences and symposiums across contemporary theory, fine art printmaking, drawing and photography contexts.

Altea Grau holds a BA in Fine Arts by the Polythechnic University of Valencia (Spain) and the MA Book Arts and Printmaking by the Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London.

She recently completed her PhD in the field of Fine Arts in at Chelsea College of Arts, titled: Unmasking Conventions, a re-evaluation of the notion of the double page spread within fine art practice.

The Resistance of Light´ is her first show in Denmark.

 

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Til denne udstilling udforsker billedkunstner Altea Grau forskellige metoder til at beskrive tekst. Hun leder efter spor, der kan åbne op for en refleksion omkring mellemrum i en tekst, hulrum i sproget, værdien af en fold og lysets betydning.

Kunstneren fortolker begrebet lys som en metafor for ordet, for at skabe en spænding mellem sprogets både flygtige og permanente karakter.

Filosof María Zambrano skriver i sit essay ‘Claros del Bosque’: der er et ord, kun et ord, som vi ikke kender, hvis det har passeret den barriere, der adskiller stilheden fra dens lyd. Zambrano reflekterer her over forestillinger om fravær og tilstedeværelse samt det tvetydige i, hvad der er reelt og håndgribeligt.

Altea henter inspiration i disse refleksioner for at skabe grafiske tryk, tegninger, projektioner og arbejder på glas. Hun undersøger opacitet og gennemsigtighed, skygger og fravær af information for at skabe værker ved hjælp af erosion og tab af ord.

Med tegning og grafisk tryk forsøger Grau at skabe en sanselig spænding mellem læseren og værket, der fremkalder et billedrum i billedet. Hun leger med en iboende dualitet i skrivning for at skabe visuelle modsætninger til at forme nye opfattelser af rum.

Ved at anvende forskellige stoflige materialer og dekonstruere skriftsproget forsøger hun at skabe billeder, som befinder sig på kanten af vores opfattelse af illusion og repræsentation.

’ Denne udstilling vil have en eksperimenterende tilgang. Jeg vil skabe værker som skubber til grænserne af de grafiske teknikker, ved at undersøge de fundamentale elementer teknikkerne består af, og reflektere over udformningen af en trykplade, pressets betydning for trykket, dualitet og gentagelse. 

Som en hjælp og henvisning til de filosofiske elementer, jeg forbinder med den grafiske trykproces, eksperimenterer jeg med de værktøjer, kemikalier og materialer, der bruges til at skabe et grafisk tryk.


Samtidig undersøger jeg, hvordan tryk som medie kan udvides til installation, og hvordan mediet sløres, når det kombineres med video, skulptur og stedsspecifikke værker’.
Altea Grau

OM

Altea Grau er en spansk billedkunstner og forsker med base i London.

Hun er interesseret i at udforske læsning som koncept, og det dobbeltsidede opslag som et afsæt for en stedsspecifik praksis.

Hun undersøger betydninger som opstår i interaktionen mellem den åbne bogs visuelle, rumlige og materielle egenskaber.

Grau udstiller både nationalt og internationalt og bidrager til vigtige debatter via udstillinger, konferencer og symposier på tværs af samtidsteori, grafik, tegning og fotografi.

Altea Grau har en BA i Fine Arts fra The Polytechnic University i Valencia (Spanien) og en MA i Book Arts and Printmaking fra Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts i London.

Hun afsluttede for nylig sin ph.d. i Fine Arts fra Chelsea College of Arts med titlen: Unmasking Conventions, a re-evaluation of the notion of the double page spread within fine art practice.

Supported by:

Tækker and Muuni

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