Painting, photography and sculpture by artists from Spain and abroad
Director: Bert van Zetten, Jutta & Marcel Huisman
Address: Carrer de la Palla, 10
Location: 08002 Barcelona
Telephone: 937 006 224
Timetable: All days, 10h.-23h.
Villa del Arte Galleries is proud to announce the inauguration of the solo exhibition by Japanese artist Mari Ito entitled A flor de piel.
The typical Spanish expression, ‘A flor de piel’ is used to refer to moments in which our feelings are revealed in an instant (literally ‘on the skin’s surface’) and are palpable and evident. Ito beautifully expresses this through a series of works offering us direct access to such moments of heightened sensitivity.
The pieces are of particular interest in light of the fact that, unlike in Western culture, Japanese society frowns upon the outward expression of certain opinions and emotions. In inviting us to explore a wide range of states of mind, Ito manifests emotions metaphorically through floral, rhythmical compositions featuring vibrant colours and the traditional, uniquely Japanese painting conventions referred to as nihonga. Despite such a nod to the past, however, the works are presented in a wholly contemporary fashion that exceeds the merely decorative in an exhibition that transmits optimism and joy.
Mari Ito (Tokyo, 1980) has lived in Barcelona since 2006, when she first made her mark on the international contemporary art scene.
Alejandra Rodríguez Cunchillos