Art Of The Day Weekly
#522 - from 5 July 2018 to 11 July 2018
Joana Vasconcelos, I'll Be Your Mirror, 2017, bronze and mirrors, 356 x 682 x 537 cm, edition of 7 + 1 PA. Collection of the artist. © Joana Vasconcelos, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2018
Vasconcelos, the subversion of daily life
BILBAO-TOULON – She had created a sensation at the Biennale of Venice in 2005 with her lovely looking chandelier – but disconcerting as a closer look showed it was made with sanitary tampons. Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos, born in 1973 in Paris, living in Lisbon, is post-Pop through her use of motifs and everyday objects (such as embroidery, or azulejos, pots or mirrors which she enlarges, transvestites, combines, turns away from their initial function. The resulting creations have a polychrome and sculptural dimension that turns them into true decorative objects, but are mostly aberrations that question the viewer. The artist, already honored by Versailles, is honored twice, in Spain and in France, a sort of assessment of twenty years of activity.
• Joana Vasconcelos. Je suis ton miroir at the Guggenheim Bilbao, from 29 June to 11 November 2018.