13 January – 13 February 2011
Myriam Mechita’s installations function like a window into the artist’s dream, creating a fantastic visual universe. The work stimulates the spectator’s attention by soliciting the memory of her senses. Drawings are constructed from discontinued lines, wallpapers are made of thousands of patiently embroidered sequins, and her sculptures are created from encrusted pearls. Light is central to the work, and through intensely engaging our perception by multiplying mirrors, split images, palindromes and shapeless shadows, she builds on an illusion.
Mechita’s new work for COMMA creates a landscape of sprawling murals and sculptures which take over the walls and floor of the back gallery. Her phantasmagorical world combines animals, skulls, mountains, and castles in ruins. It is a mythical world made contemporary. Her use of materials conveys an undeniable glamour and decadence: latex, glitter, coloured pearls and feathers are used alongside painted wood, and ceramic.
About COMMA:Launched in March 2009, COMMA is a dynamic new series of commissions enabling artists to experiment and expand their practice in relation to Bloomberg SPACE and its communities. Over thirty of today’s most outstanding emerging and established international artists will be invited to create new work, installations and architectural interventions in a fast paced succession of exhibitions. The program is curated by David Risley, Graham Gussin, Stephen Hepworth, Sacha Craddock and Vanessa Desclaux.
COMMA at Bloomberg SPACE, reflects the core principles of innovation, engagement, adventurous creativity and education central to Bloomberg’s reputation for arts sponsorship.