Opening Reception: Sara Bichão | Coastal

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Barbara Davis Gallery is pleased to announce 'Coastal', a solo-exhibition by Portuguese artistSara Bichao opening Friday, February 10th, 2016 with an artist’s reception from 6:00 - 8:30pm. This exhibition is on view through March 11, 2017.

Coastal, Sara Bichao’s newest body of work, evolved from the artist's understanding of identity and traveling, oscillating from a personal view of life to a symbolical approach of colors, forms and meanings. Touching on both an animistic expressions and a methodical process, this exhibition integrates a wide range of ordinary materials such as concrete, jersey fabric, soap, and trunks of wood. These materials resonate in Bichao’s concerns: the body itself, gravity, symmetry, internal and external, affection and ultimately nature. She uses stretched fabric like mapped skin and a traditional Portuguese soap to indicate flesh, with its soft sense of smell conjuring nostalgic memories of her grandmother’s house. These pieces are intentionally fragile which gives them a delicate punctuating presence by the tensions in between matter, as well as by the chromatic densities that are transversal to all of Sara’s work. Although the palette is soft, the ambience feels rough. The drops of paint empower the heaviness of existence, in cadence to an invisible ground. The weight of what is alive. Coastal plays the border of hope and resignation, by a solitary look on the beauty of all surroundings.

Sara Bichão (b. 1986) lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. She received her Master in Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon. She has been an artist-in-residence at Residency Unlimited, New York (2012), Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa, Lisbon (2013), PIRA – Centro ADM, Mexico City (2015) and later this year she will participate in Artiste en Residence, Clermont-Ferrand, France. Bichão was awarded the BPI Bank Prize for Painting and the prestigious Fidelidade Mundial Jovens Pintores Prize. Her recent exhibitions include Diagrama, Mexico City; Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações, Lisbon; Galeria Silvestre, Madrid, Spain; Rooster Gallery, New York; Artopia Gallery, Milan; Les Gens Heureux, Copenhagen; Pavilhão Branco, Lisbon; Quadrum Gallery, Lisbon; Krypt Gallery, London; Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston; Arevalo Gallery, Miami; Natural History Museum, Lisbon; Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon; and Oriente Museum, Lisbon. Bichão’s work is in the collections of Culturgest-Fidelidade Mundial, Telo de Morais Collection, Figueiredo Ribeiro Collection, ECO Collection, Fundacao EDP, MidFirst Bank Arizona. She is represented by Rooster Gallery in New York.
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