Trisha Donnelly at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto
As the second exhibition in a new programme which seeks to reaffirm the historic art deco building of Serralves Villas as a privileged location for artists, this is the first show in Portugal of the work of the American artist, Trisha Donnelly (San Francisco, 1974).
In Serralves, Donnelly has created an inspirational project based on the unique qualities of the Villa and its relationship with the surrounding gardens, thereby introducing subtle lighting and sound effects. Based in New York and one of the most influential artists of her generation, her artistic practice includes actions, photographs, video, sound and sculpted objects, wherein the artist removes all the autonomy and artistic stability from these media. Donnelly is best known for her site-specific exhibitions, wherein the architecture of the space becomes an integral part of the work, and for immersive installations in which the traditional boundaries between very different media are blurred and where abstraction and representation merge together, as demonstrated by her videos, absolutely anti-narrative works in which reality emerges. The experience of her exhibitions is intensely individual, wherein the act of understanding is replaced by a fluid association of ideas, which develops according to the synthesis of memories, insights and experiences that constitute the subjective outlook of each viewer.
The exhibtion Trisha Donnelly has been organized by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, and curated by the museum’s director, Suzanne Cotter.
Serralves Villa – Rua Dom João de Castro,210, 4150-417 Porto, Portugal
10 July – 10 September 2016