Regina Vater: Memory of Light | 23 June – 19 Aug 2009

from the series 'To Leonardo 13', 2008
plotter print on canvas, 157.65 x 106.68cm

from the series 'To Leonardo 7', 2008
plotter print on canvas, 106.68x149.79 cm

Still from We All Inter Are, 2008,
with performer Amelia Winger-Bearskin, video, approx. 8’

from the series 'To Leonardo 6', 2008,
plotter print on canvas, 106 x 144 cm

project for 'Memory of Light', 2009,
clear plexiglass, vinyl letters and metallic chains, 300 x 110cm

The Embassy of Brazil proudly presents Memory of Light, an exhibition of works by an artist who has been at the forefront of the Brazilian art scene since the 1970s, Regina Vater.

Described by Guy Brett as 'creating installation works of great delicacy', Regina is internationally recognized for her engagement in the production of visual arts and for her closeness to the poetic expression of the Concrete movement in Brazil. In Brazil, Europe and the United State - where she has lived since the 1980s – she has developed close relationships with important artistic figures including Hélio Oiticica, Lygia Clark, Augusto de Campos and John Cage. She is also known for her long-standing commitment to disseminating the work of other artists, both Brazilian and international.

Regina has participated in some of the most important Brazilian exhibitions and visual art events of the last 30 years and her work forms part of major private and public art collections in, for example, the Museums of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo; the National Library of France, Paris; the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, San Antonio, Texas; the Blanton Museum, Austin, Texas; and the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Visual Poetry Archives, Miami.

Memory of Light will present a variety of recent works: To Leonardo, a series of large photographic images, or 'digital paintings', of dilapidated walls in colonial towns in the northeast of Brazil, on which Vater later has inscribed poetic notes in reverse and drawings for installations; and the installations Seek in the Unseen and Beauty will Appear, a homage to the Sufi poet Farid Ud-Din Attar; Om Mani Padme Hum, a visual representation of the compassion mantra of the Buddha, Avalokiteshvara; and Memória da Luz (Memory of Light), a piece designed especially for this exhibition at Gallery 32. These works echo Vater's preoccupations with questions of time, metaphysics and the human condition.

Artist’s Talk – Regina Vater in conversation with Guy Brett, Michael Asbury and Isobel Whitelegg.

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