Bea Sarrias (Barcelona, 1978) has been portraying iconic architectures for years. They are works by Mies van der Rohe , Ser t, Coderch , Neutra or Paul Rudolph who, despite the apparent nudity of the spaces, she manages to inhabit through painting. And especially about light: "Light is the perfect tool to explain a story, and architecture is the perfect medium to explain light," he says. That is the essence of his work .
Iconic architectures is the title of his first solo exhibition at the Barnadas Gallery , which opens its doors again this Tuesday after the period of confinement. The exhibition covers a long time range through which its evolution can be followed, from L'armari , an interior of 2005 painted at night, sheltered from the family uproar, to the Xavier Corbero House-studio , carried out during confinement .
"That first painting was made in white and gray and my first intention was to use those same colors in the latter, but it has ended up imposing the blue of the sky that we saw when we went out on the balcony and looked up for that need to escape," explains the artist.
The exhibition opens with a talk with the architect Óscar Tusquetson the Instagram of the magazine 'Arquitectura y Diseño'(18 hours).And you will have a double life, online and in person at the gallery, by appointment. Sarrias, who last year was chosen to decorate the central agora of the NATO headquarters in Brussels with a large canvas, confesses that if she had been able to choose, she would have passed the confinement in La Ricarda, the extraordinary home of Antonio Bonet Castellana in El Prat de Llobregat to whom he dedicated a video project, A day at La Ricarda, together with his partner Morrosko Vila-San Juan.
Una colaboración que se repitió en La Cimade Coderchy que tendrá continuidad con una película de ficción en la antigua escuela Bell-lloc que Manuel Baldrich construyó en los años sesenta y ahora es sede de la editora de diseño Santa & Cole, y Miró-Sert-Gomis. El taller del artista, que se estrenará el próximo año en Bruselas.
"My artistic work, which was to paint, has gradually become ananthropological work, where research, photography, and video enter ...", says Sarrias."I am quite methodical and at the same time very chaotic: the houses take me to each other," he says, explaining about his work method that once drawn on paper, he abandons the photograph that has served as a model and begins to “Imagine them”, to create atmospheres and to suggest with small details -a messy books, a chair that leans towards the viewer- the presence-absence of its inhabitants."Even if there is nothing, the human presence is always there."