Foundation OBRAS runs an art residencies program.
We aim to provide an atmosphere for inspiration and effective working. The focus is on residencies of 3 to 12 weeks, while occasionally exhibitions, concerts and master classes are organised.
Most activities take place in a rural area of Portugal, in a carefully renovated quinta with eight apartments, two cottages and five artists’ studios. The region is full of culture and history, and the nature is inviting and mysterious. The weather is warm in summer (with cool nights full of stars) and mild in winter.
In Holland OBRAS has an auxiliary establishment: a beautiful mansion with place for two artists, in a village surrounded by nature and with good connections to bigger cities.
Since 2004 OBRAS hosted 400 artists from 38 countries for residencies and organized 70 cultural events such as exhibitions and concerts.
On 15-26 March Erdmute Blach had an Open Studio and exhibition at Foundation OBRAS in Evoramonte, Portugal. Works were shown that the artist will use for a solo show in Evora in April 2015, See Erdmute Blach for an impression and more info on the artist.
James Westwater (USA) had a solo exhibition: Edgeponies, at Mad Dooley Gallery in Beacon, New York. It featured paintings and drawings from two bodies of work: Finding Pegasus and Edges.
Finding Pegasus is a series that Westwater began in September 2013, while an artist-in-residence at OBRAS-Portugal. It involved found objects from rural Portugal, paintings, photography, and works on paper that feature the eponymous mythical winged horse.
A large exhibition of the Pegasus series is planned for Portugal in 2015. The show will include an installation of a winged motorcycle, symbol of Westwater’s restless spirit as a young man, when he owned 30 motorcycles over the years and spent much of his time traveling and moving back and forth between the United States and Europe.
Not only James Westwater has an exhibition with links to his residency at OBRAS-Portugal. The same applies to Jacobien the Rooij and to Karin Gerfen. Jacobien de Rooij has a solo-exhibition: Door het krijt heenkijken (Looking through the chalk). Gallerie Zwaluwkamer, Den Haag (Holland) 10 February-30 April. Karin Gerfen made an installation: Wireworld, for the group exhibition „State of the arts” in the Stedelijk museum, Zwolle (Holland). 16 February-6 May.
Ingrid Simons (Holland) just published her art book: Só os caminhos eram meus.
Ingrid is a visual artist and resident for one month per year at OBRAS. She made an art book as a tribute to Portugal. It tells about the influence of Portugal on her paintings, silkscreens, azulejos and flower vases. Apart from many images it contains two introductions and eight letters by art lovers who reflect on her work. The book is printed in a limited, numbered and signed edition of 100 of which 30 are for sale (50€). A second edition is considered email@example.com, www.ingridsimons.com
Qualia: an exhibition with Erika Dahlén (Sweden) in Palacio de Dom Manuel
(Évora, Portugal, 19 April - 23 May). Inauguration: 23 April, 6pm.
The exhibition contemplates on reality and personal truth, on silence, emptiness and the value of words. Several art works will be shown, including “Alentejan Writings”, a kind of giant calligraphy: 27 meters long and 4 meters high, made of cork strips and fluorescent paint. An impression of the exhibition is given in QUALIA; Erika Dahlén.
On the inauguration five voices will recite a poem of José Rodrigues dos Santos simultaneously in five different languages. The poem deals with silence and with lack of communication between European cultures. The municipality of Évora just decided that this exhibition will be the start of the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution.
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But the linguistic quality may be poor.