Gaep at miart 2023: preview of the presentation
We are delighted to return to miart (14–16 April) – the international modern and contemporary art fair in Milan – with new and recent works by Răzvan Anton, Raluca Popa and Ignacio Uriarte. This is our first presentation in the Established section, after several participations in Emergent.
The presentation will debut a new series of drawings by Raluca Popa in anticipation of her solo exhibition at the gallery this summer. With Disegno Ricercato (I), Popa draws upon a musical score – Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata no. 1 – and a photograph taken by Brancusi in his studio around 1920, which captures a group of five sculptures. Her work is based on an attempt to understand these two source materials and on an inquiry into the nuances of their representation through drawing and its subsequent manipulation, as the artist sometimes cuts and weaves together two drawings. Her rigorous process involves learning, setting up rules, using self-imposed systems in order to avoid purely aesthetic decisions, and building coherent structures out of seemingly incongruous source materials.
Featured on the booth are two large works on paper by Răzvan Anton informed by his engagement with the Minerva Press Photo Archive. The artist uses existing images as a template in order to, somewhat paradoxically, excavate a hidden meaning from their surface through a heliographic technique. He starts by scribbling paper sheets with a blue ball pen, then places a transparent screen with an archival image on them and exposes them to sunlight for weeks or months. In Anton’s practice, time has patience.
A selection of drawings by Ignacio Uriarte will also be presented. Referencing the formally pared-back, conceptually rigorous practices of Minimal and Conceptual Art, his works give weight to prosaic office materials (ballpoint pens, paper, permanent markers) and repetitive actions (scribbling, typing, stamping). In the drawings selected for this presentation, Uriarte creates sculptural effects or illusions of movement through straight lines and scribbling – a sort of “manual automation” that mimics some of the typical gestures which materialize as doodles in the apparently unproductive moments at the office.
Art fair details
Gaep, Booth C50
With the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute
Allianz MiCo, hall 3, viale Scarampo
Public Opening Hours
14–15 April: 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
16 April: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.