Last week end week end, Lisbon’s Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes welcomed the third edition of Drawing Room. After the last two Madrid edition, it is the Portuguese capital’s turn to salute the contemporary art event celebrating galleries and artists whom artistic dexterity is expressed through drawing. Twenty different galleries from across the world were invited to present their most notable artists’ art works.
Paper was in the spotlight and pencils were praised. A variety of artists with different technics and savoir-faire. Two artists particularly caught my eyes because of their technicality, sense of humour and execution.
This initiative was very much appreciated because when I think about Art Fairs, my only point of comparison is Frieze London. In way, because of its consequent size, Frieze lose the touch and proximity that viewers have with artists because of the crowed and the many artists and galleries being showcased. It is like a music festival, at the exception that all the artist are signing at the same time to call for attention. Bigger galleries might have more space, bigger works to present and at the end, most people lose themselves in the visual ramble.
Drawing Room give the space to the viewers and to the galleries. I think for example about Federico Lamas’ Vision Infernal present by Brazilian gallery RV Culture Arte.
The idea behind his work is to question what you observe. Are you seeing what you think you are seeing? Or maybe you are observing. With the help of a piece of red PVC, Lamas transport our perception to question visuality and meanings.
You might surprised by a powerful red silhouette that hides, through the red lens, a sensitively drawn figure.
I did not get to take a picture of the installation but Drawing Room’s Facebook page is full of pictures giving a sense of the space and scenography.
Another artist that got a strong hold on me was Felipe Bedoya’s series 1 X UNO.
His drawing worked on a visual cleanliness and simplicity but when looking closer, you can sense the dedication and zeal it required to draw his very small and delicate silhouettes and figures. The picture I took was not giving the artist much credit, so I the images found on his Behance profile are conveying his approach very well, though not on a scale.
On top of the Art fair, book shop and editing house were also presenting reviews, magasines and collection books on the top floor.
The event overall had a nice, yet shy start. I was pleased to see Portuguese artists being showcased and at the same time also happy to be able to discover talents from other countries. Already confirmed, next year Drawing Room Lisboa will present its second edition and we cannot wait to see it.