Louisa Gagliardi draws freely from the codes of painting in order to rethink questions of figure and ground, flatness and depth.
Created initially as fluid digital images, the paintings are printed on vinyl and then intervened upon with a gel medium that lends a texture that could be read as ghostly impressions of painterly marks. However, rather than appealing to the hand, this texture only underscores the surface as a complex field of visual play –a theme brought forth in this suite of works through the reoccurring motif of veils and unveiling. Dancing between dimensionality and translucence, her landscapes and characters bridge the divide between the enigmatic and the banal.
Louisa Gagliardi (b. 1989, Switzerland) had recent solo shows at Antenna Space, Shanghai; Dawid Radziszewski, Warsaw; Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels; McNamara Art Projects, Hong Kong; MOSTYN, Llandudno; Plymouth Rock, Zurich; Pilar Corrias, London; and Tomorrow Gallery, New York. She has participated in group exhibitions at Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau; Centre d’art de Neuchâtel; Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich; the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Istituto Svizzero, Rome; König Galerie, Berlin.