Art Exhibition: Che Lovelace’s “Studio Swap”

An exhibition of works by Che Lovelace begins with an opening reception on Thursday, December 7, 2011, at 6.30pm at the Medulla Art Gallery and continues until December 22. The Medulla Art Gallery is located at 37 Fitt Street in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. The Trinidad Express reports:

Conceived as an open studio event that takes place outside of Lovelace’s studio, Studio Swap will showcase many new large-scale paintings, smaller works and a projected piece. Lovelace’s large-scale paintings demonstrate the artist’s increased focus on movement of the human body in various environments and situations. He has been using performance as part of his work process, executing and photographing specific actions, out of which he then develops his paintings. Short stop-motion films are also produced from these performances.

Parallel to his work with the body and movement, Lovelace has continued his long-standing series of Carnival and mas-oriented paintings. A selection of the most recent of these works will also be presented. The artist has also been a fervent documenter of his works in progress, as well as day-to-day life and moods in the studio, and a selection of these and other images will form part of the projected piece.

In an interview with artist Peter Doig, Lovelace talked about his new work and its movement and its development from more static expressions to more fractured or obvious images of movement. He said: “I’ve always been interested in the idea of depicting movement. I think maybe some of the more successful paintings where I was attempting that would have been a few of the blue devils that I was painting around 2006 where I painted in a quick, gestural style—quite simple and direct. If done right, you would have the feeling that one of those devils was moving or tumbling. There’s one that I call ‘Shot’ where the blue devil is sort of elevated up and out and where you feel like there’s a movement.”

Lovelace described how he literally “constructs” these paintings with a performative element: “That element started to come about from my long-standing interest in movement and the body—in dancing and how people move, or how they walk and how that marks a particular character in people. And it also says something about the place and about an attitude…abstracting something from one particular movement or another definitely forms part of how this work is operating. I’m also trying to become more specific about how dance and movement can have dialogue with the plastic arts.”

[. . .] Artist Christopher Cozier described Lovelace’s work: “Each collection of work is distinct, from his post-university patterned prints, wistful celebrations of the sea from his surfing days to huge multimedia explorations of the experience of living…. The work may seem unconnected, but for Lovelace, it’s a way of making order.”

[Lovelace studied painting at the L’Ecole Regionale des Beaux Arts de la Martinique. He has been included in exhibitions in Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Spain, and Trinidad.]

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