Galeria Nara Roesler | São Paulo presents Cabeças/Falantes [Heads/Tellers], solo exhibition by Cristina Canale, structured around an axis constituted by a series of paintings of female heads in classic portrait format. Around this narrative, other artworks unfold with representations of fragments of human figures, parts of the body and everyday gestures.
Removed from their wholes and isolated, these parts acquire another dimension. In recent years, Canale, who arose with the so- called Geração 80 [80s Generation] – has become interested in the female universe, which has been gradually taking over her production. Generally based on everyday scenes, her works result from an elaborate work of composition with masses of color, shifting between figuration and abstraction, opening possibilities for the spectator’s subjective imagination.
In counterpoint to the group of artworks formed by portraits and references to the human body, the artist presents a large (2 x 3 m) canvas of a chair sitting alone amidst the landscape. According to the painter, it is an everyday object that refers to femininity and recalls the seated women by Giacometti. “I have the impression that all of these works revolve around the dichotomy between presence and absence,” Canale observes.