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Blind Image no 92 2005

Joćo Louro (born 1963, Lisbon, Portugal)

Blind Image no 92
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Image courtesy of the Artist and Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art

Joćo Louro is a Portuguese artist, based in Lisbon but with a growing international reputation. His work was included in the last Venice Biennale in the curated exhibition 'The Experience of Art', presented at the Italian Pavilion in the Giardini. In Lisbon in 2004/2005, a major exhibition of his recent work was shown at the Centra Cultural de Belém. Louro’s Blind Images are a series of monochromatic canvases. Often they are black but not exclusively. The text caption or subtitle may identify the work as a still from a film or an image from a magazine or newspaper but in reality there is no image, just an expanse of flat colour with text underneath. Whatever the media source, the textual quotation offers the spectator a familiar frame of reference. Sometimes the text invokes a celebrity but it might just as easily reference an event; in Louro‘s elegiac twin towers paintings, the over-used and unpalatable images of the disaster are replaced by an expanse of black acrylic. In this example, Blind Image No 92, the media starlet Paris Hilton is the point of reference and we can suppose that the text caption is taken from a celebrity magazine.Informed critics compare Louro’s Blind Images to Robert Rauschenberg’s series of white paintings. Joćo Louro’s acknowledges Rauschenberg as one of his sources, citing the story of a De Kooning drawing erased by Rauschenberg and exhibited with the title Erased De Kooning. The image in Joćo Louro’s paintings persists only in the realms of our imagination or memory and in the random and the ephemeral mirror images created by the reflective quality of the construction. The monochromatic canvas superimposed with highly reflective perspex behaves like a mirror and draws the viewer and immediate surroundings into the construct of the work. Louro cultivates this accidental effect. The glossy precision and quality of finish suggest an affinity with contemporary styling. Advertising, signage, the polish of designer living and the superficial glamour of celebrity have all informed Louro’s art.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Cristina Guerra Contemporary Art, Lisbon, 2006
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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