Opening: Thursday September 17, 2020, 6 - 8 pm
Exhibition: September 18 - November 27, 2020
Gandy gallery is delighted to present the first solo exhibition by Esther Ferrer at the gallery, the first in Slovakia of the work by the artist.
"I don't want to fossilize things, I'm already pretty fossilized like that." Esther Ferrer
Esther Ferrer (San Sebastián, 1937), is a pioneer and one of the leading representatives of performance art in Spain, she began her artistic practice in 1967 with the ZAJ group (formed by artists Walter Marchetti, Ramon Barce and Juan Hidalgo) until its dissolution in 1996, and, since then, she has used performance as her main medium. Performance is the guiding thread of all her work and it represents a moment where time, space and presence intervene simultaneously: "the action consists of leaving the picture of the two-dimensionality, to enter the space, and use your body as a subject of a simple and direct work". From the mid-70s she returned to make plastic works using intervened photographs, installations, paintings based on the series of Pi and Prime numbers, objects, and so on. Among these works stand out her series of Self-portraits (in process since 1981), Prime numbers (developed through various spatio-temporal formats), the models of her spatial projects or installations, or that of Educational toys (1980s). Her work can be considered as part of minimalist and conceptual art, which started in the 60s of the twentieth century, having writers such as Stéphane Mallarmé and Georges Perec, or the Fluxus group as her main references, as well as in the feminist ideas of that period of time. She has also collaborated with other artists / musicians such as John Cage or Tom Johnson.Parallel to her artistic practice, it is worth mentioning her important theoretical work, developed both in her journalistic collaborations for various publications and in courses and lectures offered in European and American universities.