“The word is a fine skin that has lost its contents.”
Santa Monica, January, 2016 – Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of works by João Louro. A key artist in Portugal, Louro’s work descends from the conceptual framework of post-minimalism. His appropriation of literature, film and popular culture explores and codifies visual language binding artistic reference into a unified meaning. For this exhibition, his third with the gallery, Louro will present works from three of his ongoing series. In his famous Blind Image series, Louro uses a blank plexiglass surface to reflect the viewer’s gaze, accompanied by a line taken from classic books or film as a caption, inviting the viewer to create his or her own images to go along with the textual narrative.
Louro will also exhibit new works from his Clockwise from Above and Left to Right series where he composes an arrangement of monochromatic painted plexiglass panels provoking a dialog between the image devoid of content and the viewer’s engagement in completing his or her own version of events suggested by the accompanying didactics. In the South Gallery, Louro will present 5 Minutes after Violent Death, where he has taken images from iconic films such as The Misfits and North by Northwest and stamped the title line on top of each image to evoke a shared memory by use of well known cultural points of reference.
João Louro (b. 1963) lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the Museu de Arte de Rio (MAR), Brazil and a group show at the Cité de la Musique – Philharmonie de Paris, curated by Christian Fevret and Carole Mirabello, in 2016. Louro represented Portugal at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 and other recent solo exhibitions include Smuggling, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Portugal (2015); My Dark Places, MACRO – Contemporary Art Museum of Rome and The Great Houdini, Contemporary Art Center of Brangança (2010).
His work is included in several major collections such as Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Coleção BES, Lisbon, Portugal; Coleção António Cachola, Elvas, Portugal; Fundación ARCO, Coleccion Helga de Alvear, Coleccion Purificacion Garcia, Madrid, Spain; Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami, FL; Jumex Foundation, México; Fundação de Serralves (MACS), Porto; Museu do Caramulo, Coleção EDP, Lisbon, Portugal.