There is an art exhibition in the Caixa forum Musuem called A Certain
Darkness created by several artists displaying their work. Behind this
exhibition, mysterious works and arts were shown in a way that makes you
wonder about the artists feelings, thoughts, and imagination in the time
that they were creating this art. Some of these artists attracted my
attention by their fantastic work and some were not that much interesting.
Every single piece of art in this exhibition has a story which makes you stop
and stare at it for a long time thinking about what is behind this creativity.
The artists of this exhibition that I will talk about are Alexandra Laudo, Joan
Brossa, Perejaume, Tim Rollins, Jose Maldonado, Juan Francisco Isidro, and
First of all, Alexandra Laudo is the curator of this exhibition. Laudo had
guarded a lot of exhibitions such as The Possibility of an island, Fundaci?
Miro, A Certain Darkness and others.
She was awarded several times like the Terrassa Comissariat Award, as
well as the BCN Producci? Comissariat Award because her creative work
is considered as philosophy.
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This exhibition started by a question that says Can art be the gap? This
question expresses the mystery in the missing things that we found in
every single piece of art.
The first portrait in this exhibition by Martin Parr, 2012 was a portrait about
Mona Lisa which is painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the Renaissance period.
In this portrait, there is a crowd of people watching Mona Lisa in the
museum and taking pictures.
It was clear in the portrait that some people in the back cant see Mona Lisa
because of the crowd but they were taking pictures for it. That means
people dont care if they see Mona Lisa in real life and stare to watch the
magic in it, they just want to take pictures in order to show others that
they were in front of Mona Lisa. It is sad to notice that because people dont
care about art as much as they care about social media and technology.
The artist in this portrait has expressed real life issue which is happening
nowadays in every museum with every piece of art. He is trying to show us
the peoples interests on one hand, and on the other hand he is trying to
show us the importance of Mona Lisa. I think its interesting to see this side
of the world now in one portrait which expresses reality.
Mona Lisa is simply the most important single painting in the world. Its a
painting that expresses such a presence with her smile and characteristic
that makes the painting fascinating. Leonardo da Vinci has considered her
one of his favorite paintings and she was loved, written about, and adored
by all people. It appears in countless advertising and known worldwide
although it is just 30 x 21 inches with a dull color and glum expressions.
The existence of Mona Lisa in this exhibition is one small mystery because
theres a bigger one in the next work. Theres an old newspaper that shows
the missing Mona Lisa. This newspaper shows that Mona Lisa was
stolen from a museum in the year 1911 which made a great impact on the
people during this period. It took them two years to find it and return it to
its original place. No one knows why would the thief Vincenzo Peruggia stole
Mona Lisa in this period.
Losing Mona Lisa for two years is an important event which people now in
our generation have no idea about it. I think its quite remarkable for this
very old newspaper to be seen in this exhibition which makes people more
excited about the work.
Besides starting the exhibition with Mona Lisa, also it started with a piece of
art for Joan Brossa named Elegy to Leonardo which was created in the year
1989. It is a poem object that is hinged from the deficiency as elements of
retention. It is formed of a white marble related to Renaissance
architecture and it has a blank compass box. Although the compass is not
found in the box, it represents reality and scientific explication and it is
considered as a statement for an expiry of a decorative tradition.
When this artistic object is seen for the first time, it is viewed like a
personal computer with no keyboard and screen. Then when you get closer,
you can see that there are missing objects inside it which expresses in a
certain way that they are scientific materials. Later, you start wondering
what is this important object that could be missing from this box and
presented in a museum. When you catch the idea that its a shape of a
compass, you realize that its no longer used in our generation since people
depends on technology which affords all these missing materials. From my
perspective, this art for Brossa is objective because we can realize that
technology is controlling our minds and these important materials are
ignored and forgotten.
Moreover, there was an art done by Perejaume called
El Lloc I La Data in 1991 which is described by two pieces of wood joined
together to form a shape of a frame or a half of a frame. When I saw it
first, I couldnt guess what is the purpose behind it and what did the artist
think about putting it together in this way. Then, I found out that hes
playing with space and time by showing horizontal and vertical lines
intersecting each other.
Perejaume expresses his art in unpainted way. He follows different methods
such as collage and the sense of hearing. He is exploring in landscape and
expressing his paintings in his way. Retrieved from:
In my opinion, this art is mysterious and different than what we see usually
in paintings and it lets you think about whats behind this art and what does
he meant in joining two pieces of wood together in order to look like a
frame with missing edges. He could have expressed the play in space and
time in a different way other than the frame. Actually, he meant to distract
us from the main idea to let us be far from the scientific reality. I think its
too far from reality and he cant just present two pieces of wood as a piece
of art with a huge mystery because its not described in the correct way for
the coordinated and interaction between space and time.
Furthermore, one of the important pieces of art which was displayed in the
exhibition is Gold Alice l which is made by Tim Rollins with a help from his
students. His aim was to surround the students with the spirit of art but
that was not agreed by the educational program. The painting is described
as a rectangular shape with gold painted that shows the drawing of Alice in
Wonderland through the shades of gold. Its consisted of pages surrounded
by a wide cover of gold enamel that were in a special edition from Alice in
In my point of view, watching this portrait is interesting for people and they
can stand and stare for a long time somehow just to catch the drawing of
Alice behind the golden painting and follow its expressions and shape to
understand the portrait and the mystery behind it.
Nevertheless, A Certain Darkness had a painting by Jose Maldonado which
is called Ventana ll, it is made in 1989. This painting represents an open
window which has a thick frame that covers the outer perimeter of the
canvas. Inside the window or the frame, no visual appearance is presented
as a view from the opening window. There is no sign for any place or person
to be seen from it. It’s all covered in a dark color which is showing us the
contrast between the abstraction of the inside and outside is abolished.
Maldonado has established a figure that highlights on the Renaissance
design through the window and on the delusory area of the Baroque
strategy connection, antagonistic to the Albertis aspects theories which is
related to paintings depending on which the painting canvas should appear
and work as a translucent window in reality. Maldonado illustrates in this
work Ventana ll, as several other works for him, the artists temptation with
respect to creativity, sharpness, awareness of extremity, and the
characteristics of representation.
Actually, this painting is attractive that it could be seen from a long
distance and it leads you to get closer and stare to know why does it look
like two frames coinciding as well as being an opening window. I think it is a
pessimistic painting because it shows a complete darkness behind the
window and expresses twilight instead of a cheerful view or landscape.
Although this painting shows a different, dull window from reality, it is really
puzzling to think about the conceptual idea behind this illustration. This
wooden frame could be the door for the end of the worlds humanity where
there is no more limit for all the harm and mischief, it will be as dark as this
Additionally, the great artist Juan Francisco Isidro was having a work in A
Certain Darkness exhibition which was entitled as the submerged continents
and formed in the year 1991. It is consisted of one hundred and sixty
ordinary envelopes forming rectangular shapes with large sizes and having
a white color plus a transparent piece in the front. They are all described by
a specific drawn object that could only be seen in the through the small
translucent cover which is made to see the name of the recipient through it.
But in Franciscos work, these transparent apertures act as screens which
shows cinematographic chain of the recorded item that is formed. Part of
these images are hidden as well as the existence of the red line that crosses
the whole figure horizontally and passes from the edge to the other. This
red line sets up a tightness between what is can be seen and what is
concealed in the envelopes.
I personally suppose that the red lines express a distraction and a path. Its
a distraction because the viewer will focus more on the relation between the
envelopes and the red line without estimating the small figures in every
envelope which are repetitive in all of them presenting movements.
At the same time, I think the artist Francisco is showing us two paths
throughout the red lines forming the shape of loops on one ending and on
the other ending they are separated as well as they are disappearing in
some parts. It seems to me that these two lines describe the life of two
persons or two generations that met at first using envelopes as
communication. Then this way of messaging started to fade where the two
lines also started to be separated in different paths.
Besides all of these artworks, there is a spectacular artwork in the
exhibition for Hiroshi Sugimoto named Rialto, Pasadena, which is one of his
popular photographic series created in the year 1993. It is described as a
cinema pure screen with no signs for any images on it, plus it shows the
first few rows of seats and part of the walls. Actually, it looks like a theatre
with a blank cinema screen in the middle which reflects the light of the film
that will take place. This image sheds light on distinguishing between whats
shining and whats being dull as well as between what exists and what is
From where I am standing, I see that Sugimoto is showing us a real conflict
between cinema and theatre and he highlighted on this idea by showing a
three dimensions image which attracts the viewers attention.
In conclusion, A Certain Darkness exhibition was a very interesting
exhibition to be seen because it makes the viewer thoughtful because of all
the mysteries in every artwork. The talented artist Alexandra Laudo made a
huge puzzle out of certain enigmas that took us to different imaginations
and definitely, every artwork in this exhibition had widen more our