October - November 2020
ou l'ordre bousculé
ANA H. DEL AMO
Curator: Jorge Cañete
From October 19 to December 4, 2020
open by appointment only from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In the cloister of the old Chartreuse de La Lance
She also knows that color, line and mass do not exist as independent and autonomous elements, and this is why she captures all the geometric and topological properties of the surfaces that she works on in her sculptures and paintings, with the sole aim of demonstrating that the world is much more complex and dynamic than the one proposed by symmetry.
It may seem paradoxical to exhibit the works of Ana H. del Amo in a Carthusian monastery, one of the strictest and oh so disciplined religious orders, where silence is an irremovable rule, leaving little room for spontaneity.
Of course, this artist living in Caceres in Extremadura offers a certain idea of rigor, but hers is dictated by asymmetry, by a playful approximation. Indeed, Ana's approach is assimilated to the game, in its primary and original aspect, because it tries thanks to the colors, the lines and the volumes (gestures of freedom and passion) to consider the scenographic device as a poetic area of game.
Her interest in geometric shapes has been present since the start of his career. It is not, however, an analytical geometry but intuitive, where the line comes to life through color, because if there is indeed an element always present in Ana's works, it is color.
The artist, in this first exhibition in Switzerland, offers a series of works that come in two-dimensional (reproductions of geometric designs suspended between the Gothic arches) and three-dimensional (sculpture-objects placed at the four cardinal points of the cloister) interpretations.
Her pieces on the floor and on the wall are designed halfway between sculpture and assembly. The use of wood and everyday objects that she recycles allows her to demonstrate that intuition can multiply the fields of possibilities. The artist also advocates an approach in which ideas must circulate freely in order to explore all the variations of the compositions.
Ana's creative freedom defines a new order that echoes, while shaking it, the spiritual order of the Carthusians and the architectural order of the cloister of La Lance. Her works are intended to create fractures in the viewer, but also to delimit a space for contemplation.
But make no mistake: through their observation, the works of Ana H. del Amo delimit a new spatial rule where imperfection is the keystone. Ana offers simple, sober and falsely symmetrical works that explore different possibilities of creation.
And it is precisely the very irregularity of these shapes that makes them close and endearing to us.
Ana H. del Amo has exhibited, individually and collectively, in spaces such as the Can Felipa Cultural Center, Barcelona; Velázquez House, Madrid; MAC Unión Fenosa, A Coruña; Center del Carme, Valencia; Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia; Sala Josep Renau, University of Valencia; Rosa Santos Gallery, Valencia; Cáceres Museum; Parliament of Extremadura, Mérida; Pérez Comendador-Leroux Museum, Hervás, Cáceres; Rafael Pérez Hernando Gallery, Madrid; Set Espai d’Art, Valencia or Fran Reus Gallery, Palma de Mallorca among others and in Cáceres Open 2019.
Scholar of the Spanish Academy in Rome in 2005, in 2006, 2008 and 2018 she was awarded the Visual Artists Grant Francisco de Zurbarán by the Junta de Extremadura. She has been awarded the DKV Acquisition Award, the Nocapaper Collection award and the Casa de Velázquez Award in Estampa in 2016. And in 2019 she was awarded a scholarship by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation of New York, with an annual grant.