It was really just by chance that I managed to catch the exhibition of Elsa Zambrano today. As I had other business to attend to at the Casas Riegners Gallery, in Bogotá where the exhibition – which is about to end – is being held.
I had seen it mentioned in “El Tiempo” in December but as I was pretty busy tying up loose ends before going on vacation I just wasn’t able to squeeze a visit into my schedule then – however, I am extremely happy that I was able to see it today.
For her paintings, Zambrano basically finds interesting industrial cloths with ready made “scenery” (read patterns) that she can relate to and with acrylic paints creates an almost hyper-real image on top of the cloth – using it as a canvas.
Here are a few of her works.
Now I now that this idea is not totally original but with her wealth of artistic background experience (she graduated in Fine Arts from the reputed Jorge Tadeo Lozano University) and talents the artist creates a very interesting art-form that stands up by itself.
However, in addition to these paintings, she also produced a realistic presentation of clothes folded on drawers painted on wood. These were placed on the wall in an arrangement that looked like drawers were really coming out of the wall and had clothes in them!
Also, there was a small installation with a couple of clothes racks full of the clothes that she actually painted in here works.
Al in all, the exhibition is well worth a visit and is still open to the public til January 31st, 2008.
Here is the Gallery info:
|Calle 70a #7-41|
|Mon.-Fri.: 10am-1pm, 3pm-7pm