Exhibitions / Louisa Gagliardi | Under the Weather

17.11.2018 to 03.03.2019

MOSTYN
12 Vaughan Street
Llandudno LL30 1AB
United Kingdom

Louisa Gagliardi
Under the Weather

Gallery 3

Switzerland born and Zurich based artist Louisa Gagliardi pulls apart the construction of an image, and of our society, in a digital age, while appearing to explore the codes and history of painting. Her works pose questions around ideas of figure and ground, flatness and depth. Working digitally initially—using a freehand digital illustration tool—her pieces are later seemingly translated into paintings. Although brushstrokes might seem apparent, her works are digitally printed, replacing paint for printing ink, canvas for PVC and traditional lacquer for a gel material—mediums that are perhaps more at home with the advertising industry than they are with weighty history of painting. As a whole, the appearance of her pieces is caught in a state between human and machine, reflecting the confused, surreal tone of much of the images and worlds she portrays.

Presenting both new and existing works, this exhibition places a spotlight on the defining factors of Gagliardi’s practice, which has also turned to the location of the gallery itself for inspiration. In various ways, the works explore the urban environment and the countryside, and the conflict that can arise between the two. Dissatisfaction and the inability to be content in the present moment are recurring themes distilled into representations of urban and natural settings.

This exhibition has been curated by Adam Carr, Visual Arts Programme Curator, MOSTYN, and is supported by Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.