Paris

Lucia Laguna, Estúdio no. 52 (Studio no. 52), 2018, acrylic and oil on canvas, 70 7⁄8 × 55 1⁄8".

Lucia Laguna

Galerie Karsten Greve | Paris

The Brazilian painter Lucia Laguna was once a language teacher. She brings her knowledge of linguistics to the practice of painting, developing the medium’s discursive potential. Her studio, tucked into the hills above Rio de Janeiro, is home to the visual lexicon she deploys in her paintings, her dictionary of images. Laguna has developed a form of conversational collaboration with her studio assistants. Following discussions of subject and color, her collaborators paint the first layer of each small- or large-scale oil or acrylic canvas so that Laguna may formally reply. Davi Baltar and Claudio Tobinaga, among others, worked with Laguna on the pieces she presented in her first exhibition in France.

Of the ten large-format paintings that were shown here, three were concerned with the space of the artist’s studio: Estúdio nos. 51, 52, and 53, all 2018. Bands of powdery yellow paint that

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