The Baginski Gallery opens ‘Romanian Dances’ a solo show of Mariana Gomes, in March 2017. In the artist’s practice, Painting is a self-conscious action turned into object by an uninhibited gesture that results from an almost intuitive fluidity and immediacy. Mariana uses the vocabularies of forms and colors to exercise a frenetic and seemingly clumsy configuration of elements that behave in an imperfect and organic metric, resulting from voluntary deformations and imprecisions.
This exercise of freedom for movement and gesture, also results in a freedom of the mind, allowing an appropriation of reality crossing it with levels of fiction that extrapolate to the absurd. In an attempt to organize this hysterical diversity of unusual and curious elements, Gomes frequently transforms them into motifs of geometric nature that defy the limits of abstraction. Therefore, the non-geometrical is forced to be converted in such and pure geometry becomes inconsistent and imprecise.
In a universe of references as varied as the one of Mariana Gomes, the use of high culture is as valid as those of the daily based realities. Therefore, Romanian Dances draws its inspiration from Béla Bartók’s compositions of the same name, Romanian and Hungarian traditional pieces that revealed to be of enormous relevance to the rest of his work. Only influenced by this kind of action, could Mariana find her personal motivation which translates into an obsessive and provocative experimentalism where, through textures and expression of the gesture and the material itself, we reach to observe cautious allusions to History and main issues of Painting.
Galeria Baginski (press release)