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SCHUNCK Glass Palace
13-07-2019 t/m 21-08-2019
Category: Visual arts
Meet the work of our Artist in Residence: Ana Navas
Ana Navas combines a range of art forms, including sculpture, video, painting and performance. Her work focuses on consumer, design and art objects. Like a researcher, she sifts through the developmental history of the changing functions and meaning of objects in different settings and periods. To this end, she uses both a historical and fictional approach, raising questions about the originality of objects as well as about the often fluid relationship between its’ form and function. How can it be that an object, such as an ironing board, is embedded in the collective memory of millions of people all over the world? And how does the meaning and use of universal shapes change in different contexts? In Navas’ view this focus is especially relevant for understanding the creative process of designing and producing art. From where and how do makers acquire inspiration and creativity? To what extent is it possible to devise an object or idea by oneself? Are they not, by definition, elements that have been put together from objects that its creator has already perceived? If that is the case, to what extent can one really claim that an idea or concept is original? In addition to exploring the nature of aesthetic objects, Navas investigates ways in which art is perceived outside an artistic context and how visual art and other related disciplines, such as design, ethnography, fashion and decoration overlap and connect with each other.
Navas lived and worked in Heerlen from January to June 2019 as part of an Artist In Residence (AIR) at SCHUNCK. The residency was organised and financed in collaboration with the Mondriaan Fund. In the presentation Thirteen Is A Lucky Number, Navas shows a series of new works that she produced during her residency. With three “archetypal” paintings, titled Tara I, II en III, Navas explores to what extend a composition must satisfy specific characteristics to be perceived as a painting. She compiled the compositions from elements in Google Images that appear under the search terms “contemporary painting”, “abstract painting” and “painting”.
She explores the role and nature of ‘feminine’ authority in a work environment through a series of nine vases and ‘costumed’ consumer objects, including an ironing board and a clothes horse, that are transformed into sculptures. The presentation also includes a series of photos of landscape clichés which Navas took in Latin America. The landscapes in the photos contain, and are contrasted with, mass-produced fabrics on which far-off places and iconic touristic symbols have been printed, such as the Taj Mahal in India and the symbol of the London Underground.
In 2011, Ana Navas gained her Master’s degree at the State Academy of Fine Arts, Karlsruhe in Germany, under the guidance of Franz Ackermann. Navas subsequently participated in the ‘De Ateliers’ programme in Amsterdam. Previously she worked as artist-in-residence at FLORA ars + natura Bogotá, Cité des Arts Paris, Goethe Instituut Salvador de Bahía, Centre Européen d’Actions Artistiques Contemporaines Strasbourg and the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes México.
Navas’ work has been widely exhibited in Latin America and Europe, with individual exhibitions at studio 45cbm Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Stadtgalerie Sindelfingen, P//////AKT Amsterdam, tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam, ABRA Caracas and NIXON Mexico City.
Corine Ritzen, Maastricht (ceramics)
Ilse Vermeulen, Tilburg (textiles)
Jan Van Eyck Academie Maastricht (metalworking)
Beeldenstorm Eindhoven (bronze foundry)
Tijdens haar verblijf in Heerlen heeft Ana Navas regelmatig een update gedeeld over de ontwikkeling van haar werk en studie in het SCHUNCK Atelier.
SCHUNCK Atelier werd mede mogelijk gemaakt door Mondriaan Fonds.
Ana Navas is de tweede artist in residence die SCHUNCK ontvangt. Vorig jaar was Marieke Coppens te gast.
Het werk van Ana Navas is ook nog te zien in Kasteel Oud-Rekem.