Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce the first US exhibition of João Louro, one of Portugal's most important contemporary artists.
João Louro came into prominence in the Portuguese and international art scene in the 1990’s both through his solo work as well as through a series of collaborative endeavors. Louro has been experimenting first and foremost with ideas that relate to his two primary subjects: language and images. Louro's work can be loosely defined as following on the heels of 1970’s conceptual art endeavors or minimalist practices in the theatrical sense. However, he defines himself in opposition to them and his relationship to the finished object is one that goes beyond art historical references. He refuses to be confined to a single medium; taking ideas as a starting point, he is at home using painting, sculpture, photography, drawing as well as film, selecting media as a director selects the musicians for his orchestra.
For his upcoming show at Christopher Grimes Gallery, Louro will present a number of new works from several of his ongoing series. A new large-scale piece, based on The History of Crime series, consists in 24 elements that create a unique work measuring 90 x 164 inches. There will be three new paintings from his famous Blind Image series in which he uses captions to describe an obliterated, or missing, image hiding behind layers of black or colored paint. Louro will also present a number of the smaller Phantomgraph works, unique silk-screened images on canvas. In these the artist plays with the spectator’s capacity to reconstruct the image based on the text. Last but not least, he will present for the first time a new series of works consisting of low relief words installed directly on the wall. Given the location of the gallery, Louro decided that all of the works presented will have a direct relationship to the film industry.
João Louro’s work has been the subject of solo shows at important institutions such as the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art (MACS), Oporto, (2000), and Centro Cultural de Belem, (CCB) Lisbon (2004). He participated in numerous group shows in Portugal, France, Holland, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Brazil and the US. Among his most important recent participations are Insite 05, San Diego-Tijuana (2005), and The Experience of Art curated by Maria de Corral for the 51st Venice Biennial (2005).