The exhibition "(Cut) Text Without Words" by Fernanda Fragateiro at Baginski, Galeria/ Projectos is composed by a set of new pieces, which dynamic relation overcomes the sheer affinity of the minimalistic formal repertoire, unfolding subtle conceptual associations focused on the idea of cut as the key element.
The objects conceived by Fragateiro result from the precise intervention over Art and Architecture publications, ranging from books, to magazines and catalogues, on which the subtraction of matter functions as means of autonomy from their former purpose. This action is, according to the artist, one of delicacy towards the world, asserting the possibility of creating from destruction. Theory, that thickens and deepens Art and Architecture related discourses, is now asserted as image, and as the body that materializes the artistic object. This requalification as sculptural printed medium does not, however, escape its previous theoretical implications which necessarily come across its new objectified identity, interlocking subject-matter and medium. The preference for published material from the sixties and seventies relies not only on the printing systems used then, with pictorial properties on their color and composition, but also on the contexts those decades evoke, of changes on social, political and artistic fields.
Fernanda Fragateiro proposes a reflection about the devices of construction, preservation and circulation of subject-matter, and therefore, of memory. The possibility of translating and producing space by visual and text references in Art and Architecture, it is stated in pieces such as Concetto Spaziale, After Lucio Fontana, 2012, returning the Italian artist's incisions to the two-dimensions of the pictorial surface, or as Building Blocks, where the modular logic of the printed matter as blocks follows the modernist vocabulary evoked by its title.
The reference to contemporary editing processes jargon, (cut, copy, paste) resonates not only in the physical action that produces the object, whether it is made by a paper-cutter, the dismantlement and detachment of printed matter, or by the cases which block the possibility of reading, but also in the artist's possibility of reassuming ultimate control in reshaping the subjects addressed by the printed sources used, thus proposing its reinterpretation by the disclosure of new points of view.
Fernanda Fragateiro (Montijo, 1962) lives and works in Lisbon.
Covering a wide range of approaches and expressions Fernanda Fragateiro's work concerns Space in its diverse manifestations and meanings, perception and representation, whether they are architectural, sculptural, private and public, temporal, gender or social related. Hence, her work is committed to altering and shaping space, both constructed and landscaped, through installations and objects that alter it and the various layers of meaning that come across it. Though varying in scale and the media used, Fernanda Fragateiro's work engages in a formal vocabulary that often slips into an abstraction of a minimalistic aesthetic, of both form, color and texture.
Her work is featured in several private and public collections such as Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal; EDP Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal; Fundação Gulbenkian, Lisboa, Portugal; CGAC, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain; Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, Spain; La Caixa Foundation, Barcelona, Spain; and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain.
After "Unknown Content", in 2009, "(Cut) Text Without Words" is Fernanda Fragateiro's second solo show at Baginski, Galeria / Projectos.