Is it a painting? Is it an object? Its… its… Its Ana Esteve Llorens. Her opening show at Women&Their Work Gallery is an ensemble of interactive structures with hand woven paintings. Currently working in Austin, Llorens initially visited Austin for an exchange program when she was working on her bachelor’s degree in Spain. Even in her earlier works is she conscious of how forms can alter the gallery space and how the viewer functions in the negative space. In her latest exhibition Studies for Future Objects the sculpture and paintings cross theories of space and time.
Llorens’ woven paintings are meticulously sewn together by hand. She dyes the fabrics with natural pigments harvested from plants, seeds, and insects to evoke a familiarity with the objects. She stretched the fabrics over a cushioned canvas-like structures playing with the nuances of seem exposure. Each piece has its own character and charm which revealed memories of my childhood. Her sense of form is reminiscent of early contemporary abstract painters such as Carmen Herrera, Ellsworth Kelly, and Frank Stella. These artists also played on the borderline of paintings as objects.
Installation of deception
The seemingly interlocking free-standing white sculpture demands the center of attention in this exhibition. Her work is heavily influenced by the human form interacting in the gallery space and Studies for Future Objects is no exception. As the sculpture adheres to a similar act of repetition as the woven paintings, it is also more uniform and striped of identity to create an immersive experience. The sculpture sections off the gallery floor providing an almost illusionary experience creating portals which framed other viewers. It was interesting how perspectives changed stepping through and around the structure as certain visual information would appear and disappears in the void spaces. The oval shape mimics that of a mirror which can bring the viewer visual discomfort through an immersive illusionary experience. This work defines human interaction and expresses similar ideologies to artists like Robert Morris, Carl Andre, and Donald Judd.
Llorens’s exhibition at the Women and Their Work gallery is a fresh example of her inherent exploration methods of activating space through art.