Architecture & Dance
In November 2019, the exhibition Architecture & Dance showcased recent art pieces of the artists Bea Sarrias and Gabriel Schmitz, two figurative artists that live and work in Barcelona and that have established an internationally recognized professional career. While normally artists create in the solitude of their studios, this time, however, the
artists used dance and architecture as the guiding elements for a live performance: the audience had the opportunity to watch both artists create their unique pieces of art., while interacting with Berta Fornell, a contemporary ballerina, and an audiovisual projection by the filmmaker Morrosko Vila-San-Juan.
Bea Sarrias has developed most of her professional career in Barcelona, where she studied fine arts. Early in her career she developed a particular interest in architecture which made her to create portraits of iconic spaces. Her art work is based on emblematic buildings by important national and international architects. She has been particularly recognized for the virtuous way in which she combines form, light and shadows. Amongst her most recent jobs is the large canvas that she painted live few months ago at the NATO HQ in Brussels under the title ‘INSIDE’. Shortly after, she conducted an artistic residency at the Mana Comteporary in New York, marking that the architect J.L. Sert lived there. The paintings that Bea Sarrias will bring for her exposition in Martin’s Atelier focus on Mediterranean Architecture created by Coderch, including one of his unfinished constructions.
Gabriel Schmitz was born in Germany and lives and works in Barcelona since the 90’s. He graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 1994 and received a master’s degree by the Winchester School of Art. He has exhibited regularly throughout Europe and the United States. Rooted in expressionist traditions and influenced by the London School of Painting (Auerbach, Bacon or Freud), he finds inspiration in contemporary dance, literature, cinema and an interest in world cultures. The glancing over the human figure connected to the psychological complexity of a portrait is an essential element in all his paintings. Since 2015 Gabriel Schmitz has conducted residencies in New Jersey (2015 and 2016) and in Miami (2016), as well as two in Oslo (2018 and 2019). The artists is convinced that staying on the move provides him a higher sensitivity to everything that surrounds him and opens new fields of vision which continuously refresh his artistic expressions.