Interview by Annya Chavez
In Luisa Duarte’s Personal Scapes; Recent Prints geometric shapes are in an ongoing conversation with each other, with the artist, and with the viewer. Three trapezoids, custom-cut in engineered wood, served as a point of departure for Luisa Duarte’s dive into the pictorial field. Her architectonic constructions offer us a compelling way to enter and exit space, both literally and metaphorically. Her use of positive and negative space explores loneliness, togetherness, and everything in between.
Luisa Duarte’s artistic voice is recognizable across mediums and techniques, in her monotypes, digital prints, acrylic on canvas paintings, and three-dimensional objects. Being Venezuelan by birth, Latin American by culture, and a Houstonian by choice, Duarte has no unique identity, but rather multiple belongings.
Luisa Duarte’s art is ludic. Ludus in Latin simultaneously refers to play, sport, school, and practice. In his book Homo Ludens: A Study of the Play-Element in Culture Dutch cultural historian Johan Huizinga examined play as a necessary condition for generating culture. Playfulness allows Duarte to constantly experiment in the “playground” of her Silver Street studio, endlessly changing the rules of the game, while using a strong thinking process.
In her series For Joshe, created for her nephew Joshe, who, for his 6th birthday requested “A piece of art in Red and Blue!”, hard edged trapezoids stand in front of each other, interconnected by a subtle penetration. By diving into the image and by playing with scale and proportion new images are created. Her Derivado series of digital prints were created through metamorphoses and transformations based on a search of depth and scale. The same microscopic exploration is used in her Suite in Green and Fuchsia, where diving into the image allows to find new images and to play with scale and position.
Luisa Duarte’s stories are encrypted in her intriguing personification of geometry. Rooted in geometric abstraction, Duarte refers to her own trapezoid shapes as human beings reexamining the mysteries of life, love, and loss. This constant investigation of strength and vulnerability creates a set of tensions, a stipulation for construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction, but also ultimately a feeling of balance, order, and freedom.
Anna Tahinci, PhD
Professor and Area Coordinator of Art History
The Glassell School of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Architecture. Like a geographer or aviator who sees everything from above,Luisa builds landscapes,city plans and architectural silhouettes.
Drawing on diverse variety of materials,from oil or acrylic on canvas to prints made from engineered wood boards or plexiglass on paper, these plans are the end in themselves-abstractions of life.
In her Blues, by inserting rectilineal horizons and junctures into romantic landscapes and seascapes,Luisa creates fissures within nature-likearchitecture-that are first abrupt but slowly become part oh her environments.Piecing together fragments of lost landscapes,these rational lines generate a kind of mise -en-abîme and,transmuted into landscape,become its subject. In her collages "You are not stronger than me" and "Equilibrium",made early this year as a response to the political riots in her home country Venezuela,objects and sections extend beyond the canvas while pressing or floating in an almost violent togetherness.
Trained as an architect,Luisa is a visual artist who found early inspiration in the Latin American geometric abstraction movement.Isolating large geometric forms printed through the accretion of paint onto wood or copper,Luisa's almost monochromatic prints present both the depth and complexity of objects. Moving from the thick paint of the first print to the traces of the last ones, the bulky shapes consist of layers and textures,depicting the multiple lives of objects
Nikki Moore and Fabiola Lopez-Duran
Houston, 20th April 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/12/2017
LUISA DUARTE ANNOUNCES REPRESENTATION BY ART NOUVEAU GALLERY
Houston, Texas, June 12, 2017 -- Luisa Duarte (www.luisa-duarte.com) is pleased to announce her representation by Art Nouveau Gallery (www.artnouveau-gallery.com) in Miami. Art Nouveau’s program includes a focus mostly on abstraction and geometric abstraction with a strong emphasis on Venezuelan and Latin American artists, including such artists as Alberto Cavalieri, Rafael Barrios, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Arturo Quintero, Paul Amundarain, Héctor Ramírez, Sydia Reyes, Lía Bermúdez, Galvao, Ventoso, and others. Art Nouveau Gallery is located in Winwood, the epicenter of Miami’s arts and design district.
“I look forward to this new collaboration with Art Nouveau Gallery, and Elizabeth Hazim de Castillo, its founder and owner, who has been a tireless champion of the arts and artists for over 30 years,” Says Duarte. “The Gallery is one of the most important in Maracaibo, Venezuela, where I lived and my first works were represented by Art Nouveau, I am excited about this new joined effort .
About the Artist
Born in Venezuela, Luisa Duarte is a visual artist and world traveler with extensive ties to Latin America. As an artist with formal training in architecture, Duarte also found early inspiration in the geometric abstraction movement, all of which is loosely referenced in her work. Line and color provide important structural bases for an exploration of themes related to fragility-- understanding fragility as a range of experiences and events that trigger meaningful change and growth. She engages with these themes through a variety of techniques and mediums, which include monotypes, digital art and objects.
Luisa Duarte lives in Houston, where she shares a home with her husband and two dogs and welcomes visitors to her studio by appointment.
Fresh Arts presents
the inaugural graduating class of Artist INC Houston 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
@ The Legacy Room at City Hall
901 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002
Free and open to the public
Join Fresh Arts and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for a special evening celebrating the close of Artist INC Houston- Spring 2017 session. The free event will feature a cocktail reception and short visual presentations by the first graduating Artist INC Houston class which includes a diverse group of 24 of Houston’s brightest and most driven visual and performing artists. Over the last 8 weeks these artists have gathered one night a week to develop their entrepreneurial skills and strengthen their artistic practice through mentorship opportunities, expert presentations, and peer networks. Now in its eighth year, the Artist INC program has been completed by more than 700 regional artists.
Presenting artists include:
Khalil AbuSharekh, Khrystyna Balushka, Aaron Jaymes Booker, Eepi Chaad, Adam Vincent Clay, Luisa Duarte, Karen Eisele, Hedwige Jacobs, Claire Drennan Jarvis, Mathieu JN Baptiste, Elaine Kuckertz, Melanie Loew, David Maldonado, Pat McEnery, Edgar Medina, Corine Michel, Karen Navarro, Roberta Paixao Cortes, Nathan Parmer, Cary Reeder, Dominique Royem, Y. E. Torres, Heather vonReichbauer, and Suzanne L Woodbury.
Artist INC Houston Spring 2017 Peer Facilitators include GONZO247, Emanualee “Outspoken” Bean, Felipe Lopez, Tami Merrick, Mollie Haven Miller, and Lori Yuill.
Artist INC is a collaborative partnership between Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Innovation Center.
Artist INC Houston is administered by Fresh Arts and is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Special thanks to:
The City of Houston, the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Houston Public Library system for their support of this program.
And the 2017 Artist INC "Subject Matter Experts" who led lectures and shared their knowledge: Lisa Marie Evans (Artist INC Kansas City), Kim Stoilis (Stoilis Communications), Elizabeth White-Olsen (Writespace Houston), Kathy Ploch, CPA, Erin McClarty, PLLC, Marci Dallas (Fresh Arts), and Tim DeSilva (Culture Pilot).
May 17, 2017
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Print Austin Invitational 2017
January 27 - February 12
Artist Reception: February 4, 2017, 6-9.
Print Austin Invitational, curated by Elvia Perrin, a founding director of Print Austin, will feature select members from PrintMatters, Houston Texas. Artists: Andis Applewhite, Luisa Duarte, Helen Gerritzen, Cathie Kayser, Suzanne Manns, and Anna Mavromatis.
Digital Assist: Works from the Glassell Digital Department
February 29–June 3, 2016
Kinder Morgan Exhibition Series
The Glassell School of Art is proud to present a series of exhibitions at the Kinder Morgan Building in downtown Houston. The series features artworks by Studio School faculty and students, highlighting the depth and variety of courses that the Glassell School offers.
Each exhibition is on view in the building's lobby at 1001 Louisiana Street. Open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on this exhibition series, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 713.639.7500.
10 Ants is the title of an exciting and meaningful artist exhibition conceived by Valentina Atkinson of Serrano Gallery at Silver Street Studios. The opening reception will be held at Silver Street Studios on Saturday, February 11, 6-9 pm and will run through February 15.
Each of the ten artists selected are tenants of the Silos, Winter Street, Spring Street and Silver Street Studios. In addition, the reference of “ants” is very appropriate as these artists have a shared focus to further the strength and viability of the arts in Houston, while incorporating their international artistic influence from Mexico to France, Brazil to Australia.
The 10 Ants paint a broad stroke relative to their involvement with the arts. Several serve on artist advisory committees to organize events and to help expand the careers of fellow artists, curate major public art exhibitions, volunteer to teach in school art programs, produce an art magazine and generously lend their time and energy to organize complicated exhibitions.
These are not artists who go to their studios each day and solely work on their personal projects. These are artists who keep their studio doors open, invite conversation and help to support an entire community. This is the definition of art with a “soul.” Community is about holding your arms open and assisting in the efforts of others. It is about setting aside your own interests and offering generous listening to what is occurring for others. It is about knowing that what we do as artists is always better when we hold a space for others.
The art will be displayed on ten large wooden crates as used for international shipping. They are raw and fabulous and will showcase the art in an extremely unique manner. The exhibit will include painting, digital art, plastics, sculpture, mosaic, jewelry and fabric.
Luisa Duarte has been selected as the local artist for WEST ELM store at City Centre, Houston
Her prints will be available until December
12848 Queensbury Ln.
Houston, TX 77024
Welcome to the Luisa Duarte's new blog, in this section I will be posting news, information about the incoming events and shows. Please feel free to explore the website and the new works.