Louisa Gagliardi at Mostyn

Artist: Louisa Gagliardi

Exhibition title: Under the Weather

Curated by: Adam Carr

Venue: Mostyn, Llandudno, UK

Date: November 17, 2018 – March 3, 2019

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Mostyn, Llandudno

We are delighted to present the first solo exhibition in a UK institution of the work of Switzerland born and Zurich based artist Louisa Gagliardi.

Gagliardi’s work 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 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.

While the works in Under the Weather deal, in part, with MOSTYN’s own setting, they also address Gagliardi’s biography and upbringing. The environment of nature played an important role in Gagliardi’s early years and the city is where the innocence of childhood has gradually faded – symbolised through the figures that populate her works. The figures seem passive and submissive to elements and threats and, through their apparent longing for things past, exist in situations that seem unresolved.

This exhibition has been curated by Adam Carr, Visual Arts Programme Curator, MOSTYN.

Louisa Gagliardi, Under the Weather, 2019, exhibition view, Mostyn, Llandudno

Louisa Gagliardi, Under the Weather, 2019, exhibition view, Mostyn, Llandudno

Louisa Gagliardi, Under the Weather, 2019, exhibition view, Mostyn, Llandudno

Louisa Gagliardi, Under the Weather, 2019, exhibition view, Mostyn, Llandudno

Louisa Gagliardi, Under the Weather, 2019, exhibition view, Mostyn, Llandudno

Louisa Gagliardi, Under the Weather, 2019, exhibition view, Mostyn, Llandudno

Louisa Gagliardi, Under the Weather, 2019, exhibition view, Mostyn, Llandudno

Louisa Gagliardi, Under the Weather, 2019, exhibition view, Mostyn, Llandudno

Louisa Gagliardi, Under the Weather, 2019, exhibition view, Mostyn, Llandudno

Louisa Gagliardi, Under the Weather, 2019, exhibition view, Mostyn, Llandudno

Louisa Gagliardi, Under the Weather, 2018, Gel medium, ink on PVC, 114 x 154 cm, Courtesy of the Artist and Rodolphe Janssen

Louisa Gagliardi, Morning Glory, 2018 Ink, gel medium on PVC 114 x 194 cm Courtesy of the Artist and Rodolphe Janssen

Louisa Gagliardi, L’herbe est toujours plus verte chez le voisin, 2018 Ink on Plexiglas 140 x 170 cm & 140 x 170 cm Courtesy of the Artist and Rodolphe Janssen

Louisa Gagliardi, Long Distance, 2018 Ink on paper, metal 4 x 80 cm & 6 x 80 cm Courtesy of the Artist and Rodolphe Janssen

Louisa Gagliardi, Long Distance, 2018 Ink on paper, metal 4 x 80 cm & 6 x 80 cm Courtesy of the Artist and Rodolphe Janssen

Louisa Gagliardi, Long Distance, 2018 Ink on paper, metal 4 x 80 cm & 6 x 80 cm Courtesy of the Artist and Rodolphe Janssen

Louisa Gagliardi, Long Distance, 2018 Ink on paper, metal 4 x 80 cm & 6 x 80 cm Courtesy of the Artist and Rodolphe Janssen

Louisa Gagliardi, Sinners and Flowers, 2016 Gel medium, ink on PVC 114 x 144 cm Courtesy of the Artist and Rodolphe Janssen

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