Galerie Stephanie, in partnership with Fundacion Sansó, is delighted to present “Once In A Blue Moon”, A visual dialogue between two esteemed Spanish visual artists: Award-winning artist from Madrid, Cristina Gamón, and Presidential Medal of Merit Awardee Juvenal Sansó.
Sansó’s physical manipulations to 35mm slides as an artistic medium in the 1970’s was a vital part of his creative plays and experimentations. Another Spanish artist, decades later, in the same experimental vein, would take on a similar approach to her own painting.
In a dialogue to Sansó’s painted slides, Gamón presents her otherworldly acrylic on acrylic paintings, partly in reference to Sansó’s better known “Brittany” series which almost always has a moon as a compositional devise, but also in reference to the celestial coincidences of the blue moons which marked her visits to Manila. Believed to be a rare event, the blue moon has cast its glow on Gamón repeatedly on her visits, giving further significance to her association with the Philippines.
Though both artists were keen to unlock and fully utilize the fluid and transparent properties of their mediums to full effect, they have different reasons for taking up the challenge presented by the materiality presented by their contemporary materials. By doing so, both echo the tenor of their times, as well as present ideas and critiques relevant to the present.