Light After Dark @ La Curva
Light After Dark is a group exhibition, curated by Ibiza Art Union, whose narrative thread focuses on light. The show features 8 Ibiza -based artists who include light, electricity or movement in their works. These elements act as a complement to the physical materials used in sculptures, paintings and other unclassifiable objects, thus expanding the narrative and compositional possibilities of the works.
Light After Dark will be on view, after hours, at la Curva (via Púnica 15), May 13th - June 23rd.
Nourathar is a creative technology studio based in Ibiza since 2013. Their art occurs at the intersection between the physical and the virtual, in the hybrid space between technology, history and magic. They create works which illustrate how light can be used as a material and subject, as well as a medium. The modulation of light is at the core of their recent Light Sculptures, based on the electromagnetic principles of refraction, diffraction and reflexion.
With regards to the augmented Teatrinos, these works pay tribute to many early inventors, magicians and light-art pioneers from the turn of the 20th Century, who used optical illusions to tease and test the perception of the viewer. Nourathar's aim with these Teatrinos is to recover some of the fascination, which, at that time, was felt for magic of technology.
Nika Indorf presents Stargates, a series inspired by the iris of the eye. These works materialize the mechanism through which the iris captures light and colour, making it possible for us to perceive the world as it is. They act as gates towards the stars, which aim at manifesting the reflection of the universe in the eye.
Nika Indorf's work reveals her passion for physics and astrophysics and focuses on making electromagnetism visible. She has a special interest for spaces which appear void, but are made visible through the influence of light. Her pieces aim at a deeper understanding of concepts such as space, colour, energy... «Up until the point where one realizes that these depend on the observer»
Light = visual perception (eye) = colour = reality
Stargates = reality = colour = light = visual perception
The paintings of the Ibicencan artist Romanie are a product of a dialogue established between her inner world and the brushes. The motifs and repetitive shapes we see are the inheritance of a childhood spent in the countryside in Ibiza in the 1970’s, whilst the embodied themes in the work arise from a constant spiritual search. For Romanie painting works as a medium rather than an end in itself, she paints out of a spiritual necessity.
This series of lit paintings offers the possibility of enjoying different versions of the works, depending on the light.
The Ibicencan artist Pep Monerris, BAGAIX works with recycled electronic material. His pieces invite viewers to reflect upon «New technologies and the social challenges faced with regards to obsolete systems». The artist recreates this «re-evolution» through the breakdown of concepts such as memory circuits or consciousness in sci-fi robots.
Igor Torres is an artist from Burgos, resident in Ibiza since 2016, although known to the island for the last 10 years. His eclectic style combines figurative, abstract, impressionist and expressionist styles to show the different facets of the artist: naughty and playful; naïve, bold, dreamy; inventor of colour universes, impossible galaxies, overpowering and disturbing abstractions; the eccentric and free artist from within. In the words of Antonio Gázquez: «his work is an invitation to the infinite imagination, a trip to the dark light that is revealed in his always intense work, full of passion always Torres»
Robert Arató is a multifaceted artist who has been living in Ibiza since 1996. For Light after Dark he has prepared a series of antique pieces of furniture, that have been transformed into contemporary sculptures.
Franck R. Tassi (Nice, 1942) is a self-taught artist, who lives in Ibiza since 1964. He studied electronic engineering before settling on the island. Here, the management of different commercial activities left him enough free time to create paintings and artistic structures – mobile or fixed – using his technical knowledge.
The graphical representation he offers is a mixture of various elements resulting from his concern about the relation of man with the universe, society or technology. His style of expression shows man as creator as well as victim, often prisoner of his technology and even slave of his own inventions. In this – sometimes unbearable situation – there still remains an omnipresent sense of humour, which he considers the supreme form of criticism.