“Lost souls make strong spirits”

Impressing exhibition of Nanon Morsink’s textil art sculptures and paintings at Galería Isolina Arbulu, Marbella

The first time I saw works by Nanon Morsink was when I was visiting the Art Walk Cómpeta some years ago. Seeing the work the first time I knew at once that I had met a very special talented artist. The happier I am now for the chance to visit the impressing exhibition of Nanon Morsink’s textil art sculptures and paintings at Galería Isolina Arbulu. Great pleasure to connect again with Nanon who’s way I have been following since.

Two figures symbolize several ways to connect with each other. Their arms are extra long to be able to get in touch with each other. They are in touch, but how? How easy this way of connecting can be changed and create another situation we all experience now in Corona times. Nanon Morsink, the creator of this couple and this exquisite exhibition demonstrates how easy connecting can be turned into separation. Still facing each other the long arms are used for embracing themselves. They become kind of a safety shield around each figure – Nanon demonstrates with this perfect symbolic arrangement what we experience just happening in our times.

Lost souls make strong spirits is the title of this exhibition in the beautiful GALERIA ISOLINA ARBULU who presents a most impressive choice of works by Dutch artist NANON MORSINK.

“My work is all about connection” explains the artist. She calls herself a multimedia artist, working with different materials. For this exhibition Isolina Arbulu choose carefully textil works from most different material.

The viewer will see a lot of lost souls mirrored in the figures that are partly painted on printed fabric or knitted with good Dutch wool, which traditionally was used for workers socks to wear in the wooden shoes. Other figures are knitted from ropes fishermen used for their nets and from plastic, found in the sea.

I don’t dare to imagine how Nanon hands may have felt and looked, knitting these very hard, rough and dirty materials and how many many hours she invests to create this impressive body of work! But Nanon laughs at this question, I just love to do this , she says, and I am always so curious to see how my creation will look.

There are not only knitted a lot of hours into these objects but also a lot of symbolic thoughts. The names of the works tell about it.

See this figures underneath. The horns are a sign of power and and are ready to fight but the bell is typically for animals to be found and be directed back to the crowd.

A sculpture from Nanon Morsink from used fisher materials with horns and bell

Humor plays besides all the serious background of the works a large role as well in the art work of Nanon Morsink. Very beautifully it is found in this installation – there is even a book about it! You can walk into the installation and you will have a lot of smiles discovering the most funny details. Each pair has a name of the personality featured – there is even one which only has one leg! “I had a neighbor with one leg”, says Nanon. Now you can meet him here 🙂

As a painter I am always most impressed by “paintings”. There is a series of muted women and another one with men portraits called “In my head”. Both genders portrayed in their speechlessness, but mute for very different reasons. The women’s portraits Nanon painted on printed fabric and finally embroidered them.

The series of men portraits painted on thin paper makes us wonder how this could be managed: all the portraits of the men ( I think there are 16) on thin paper are embroidered as well. What a fine work to embroider portraits painted on such fine paper!

Man portrait textil art by Nanon Morsink
In my head

The Galería Isolina Arbulu is in Marbella and offers visiting times in the mornings and private viewings in the afternoons. Find all the information on the galleries website here. The exhibition will run till 21.05.2021 – fingers crossed that we can visit all this time! Don’t miss it! Its worth a visit.

Its worth to visit the website as you will find excellent viewing rooms, featuring past exhibitions, a pleasure to see.

You also find here my post about past exhibitions, have a look:
Fascination of Glas Objects
Moving works and a moving title
Isolina Arbulu Gallery

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Beautiful black painting that shine

slighly colorful leaves shine from a black background

A collection of beautiful black paintings that shine

A visit not to be missed when in Málaga. Galeria Javier Marin presents black mysteries by José Luis Valverde.

Just a short stroll of 5 minutes from my very appreciated CAC Málaga (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo ) where we admired the exhibition “Gold rush” by Jules de Balincourt we had the chance to see a collection of beautiful black paintings that shine by José Luise Valverde, of whom we had just discovered two paintings which are exhibited in the CAC.
About two years ago I got to know the artist quartier Las Lagunillas in Málaga. For my husband’s birthday I had booked a guided tour through this fascinating area which included the visit of several artist’s studios. It’s always so nice to meet artists in their studio and see them at work. The Málaga artist José Luis Valverde shared his studio with Victoria Maldonado, a very gifted artist who’s mainly white and fragile objects contrast beautifully the black and heavy works by José Luis. If you are interested to read more about this quartier and its artists just push here.

After having seen some works in progress in José Luis studio, the happier I am now to see this beautiful collection on show at the Galeria Javier Marin in Málaga’s Soho district.

In the artist’s studio

The exhibition at Galeria Javier Marin

Normally paintings in dark colors are not my favorite. But with this collection I saw at the gallery I can easy be friend with. Of course as a painter who is attracted to vibrant colors I was most driven to a painting that showed a lot of softly colored leaves shining and popping out from the black background. I didn’t count the works, but Javier Marin shows in his gallery full of light quite a number of the black paintings that shine so beautifully.

slighly colorful leaves shine from a black background

What fascinates me about José Luis’ work is the use of great volume of color, that makes the painting look nearly three dimensional. The play of adding mat and very shiny paint enhances the three dimensional impression.
First you don’t see very much. The longer you watch the more the painting shares its secrets with you. A nearly similar experience when you walk into a dark room and you detect more things the more your eyes are adapting to the view. The paintings which show a lot of floral elements but also little animals like cats and birds have a kind of mystery as they hide their beauty for a while and only reveal it step by step to the patient viewer.

I really love José Luise unusual style of telling stories in black!

There will be more exhibition visits soon:
Jules de Balincourt in CAC Málaga and
Dutch Artist Nanon Morsink in Galeria Isolina Arbulu, Marbella.
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Moving works and a moving title

The running exhibition in the the Gallery Isolina Arbulu in Marbella

I saw the introduction picture and the title of the exhibition some weeks ago when I was not yet in Marbella. But the painting and the title captured my attention at once and stick in my head. I was very happy that I got the chance to visit the exhibition which will run till 10th of November.

“Entre el dolor y la nada” by Pablo Mercado

Exhibition by Pablo Mercado im Galeria Isolina Arbulu in Marbella

I have visited several exhibitions in the private gallery of Isolina Arbulu. The gallery has it’s home in an impressive house that you find at the end of some up winding streets. Each time I visited an exhibition I was very pleased and surprised by her choice of interesting artists as well of Isolina’s ability to introduce the artist and the intention behind the art.

The title of this exhibition, which impressed me at once, refers to the writer William Faulkner and his book “The wild palms”.
“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.”

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Fascination of Glas Objects

Marbella Galeria Isolina Arbulu presents fascinating glas objects by Gala Fernández

This was a great surprise! I had seen some photos of the glas objects and was a bit reluctant to visit the exhibition – I tent to visit mainly exhibitions with paintings or photos. But as I like the Gallery of Isolina Arbulu and like to know what is happening in the art world of Marbella I made an appointment. How good I did it! I found fascinating glass objects in Marbella! It turned out that these glas objects had the power to fascinate!

Please click onto the images to enlarge and see the whole picture.

Organic Geometry – a collection of fascinating glass works

The exhibition “Organic Geometry” is part of an experimental project, a series of glass vases blown inside handmade copper wire geometrical structures by the artist and designer Gala Fernández Montero.

Nicely presented in a very puristic surrounding, getting their very special light that creates an interaction between the shadows and the objects, the glas works develop a special magic. The longer we looked at them, the all the more they revealed to us their special character and the more enthusiastic and fascinated we were. A good part of this was due to the sensitive comments of the knowledgeable gallery owner Isolina Arbulu.

The charm of these fascinating glass objects for me is a mixture of vintage atmosphere, workplace atmosphere and the poesy of an art work. I especially liked the transparent objects. They reminded me of places where fisher have their nets and you see these transparent glass balls. Some feeling of the good old times come up.

Award winning artist in Marbella

This exhibition was planned for March and like so many others had to be canceled. The artist had seen the venue but was then stuck due to the Covid 19 crisis and didn’t yet have the chance to see her exhibition. But next week she will fly over to Marbella and visit the gallery.

Gala Fernández Montero is a designer and artist. She is the winner of the ELLE design award 2020. As Isolina told us, she likes to look at her art work as usable objects – many of them can be turned into different positions and be used to hold things or be used as a vase.

Gala Fernández has moved between Spain, Italy, Mexico, France, England and Germany; He currently resides in Milan. He collaborates with international companies such as MOROSO and Sisley, although he also self-produces many of his design-art collections. Gala is artistic director of the AAMURANO blown glass line.

To see this fascinating glass objects in Marbella is definitely worth a visit. Isolina Arbulu is in the office mostly in the mornings. Best to make an appointment and enjoy the encounter with the art objects. Find all information here on the website of Galeria Isolina Arbulu.

See more about exhibitions in the Galeria Isolina Arbulu here: Look “Beyond the Horizon” in Marbella

Find another interesting exhibition still running in Marbella here: Dieter Nuhr in Reiners Contemporary Art Marbella

Read about an exhibition open till August in Málaga: A place to go to in Málaga! Juan F. Lacomba at the CAC Málaga

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If you happen to be in Marbella or Málaga, don’t miss these exhibitions

If you happen to be in Marbella or Málaga, don’t miss…

Dieter Nuhr in Reiners Contemporary Art Marbella

If you happen to be in Marbella or Málaga, don’t miss these exhibitions. In Marbella there are two gallery shows I am interested in and I would like to recommend. Both galleries – run by knowledgeable, charming gallerists –  present new shows in June/July. I visited the presentation of Dieter Nuhr’s large-format painterly photographs – in the “new normal” style- masks obligatory – at Gallery Reiners Contemporary Art.  The gallerist Flor Reiners offers visits by appointment ( phone 628374676) , Email: flor@reinerscontemporaryart.com
Thanks to Gabriela Berner, journalist of the German SUR I can show you here her article on the opening of the show of Dieter Nuhr!

Here is a little sneak prewiew into some photos to be seen. Due to the “New normal” and the fact that this was the first time after months to put a feet into a temple of art and on top to get to know a new gallery, I forgot t take photos. Two of the paintings you can see in the exposition in Marbella and more of these great works. I added two paintings from other exhibitions to demonstrate the size of this wonderful painterly photos that tell stories of Dieter Nuhrs travels worldwide. They guide our view on walls that show many layers and have seen many events and many years pass by. The work of time.

The exhibition will be open till 6th of July. It is open by appointment for 6 persons with masks. (Flor Reiners; 62803740674) or flor@reinerscontemporaryart.com

Read here (in German) the article about the exhibition of Dieter Nuhr in Reiners Cotemporary Art Gallery. Many thanks to Gabriela Berner, a journalist of the German SUR, for letting us read her article on this page and providing me with two images!

If you happen to be in Marbella and are interested in art and art exhibitions, you might be interested in joining my newsletter. Next time I will write about an exhibition, which I haven`t visited yet but hopefully will see next week. The exhibition promises to be interesting. The gallery Isolina Arbulu, Marbella, presents Gala Fernandez Montero – Organic Geometry. It will open tomorrow , 12th of June, by private invitation.

If you happen to be in Málaga, you might be interested in this very beautiful exhibition:

THE CAC MÁLAGA PRESENTS JUAN F. LACOMBA IN HIS MOST IMPORTANT EXHIBITION TO DATE

The Centro de Arte Contemporáneo of Málaga presents a retrospective featuring the work of Sevillian artist Juan F. Lacomba. Here in the Distance, curated by Fernando Francés, reveals the artist’s fascination with the landscape of Doñana and its marsh from the mid-1990s to the present day. The show surveys the last three decades of his artistic career through 179 small and large-format canvases, including several works that have never been exhibited until now. Here in the Distance conveys the artist’s engagement with and immersion in nature, seeking beauty and mystery with the aim of establishing an intimate rapport with viewers.” ( Quote from the webside of CAC Málaga).

I will write about the exhibition in one of my next posts.
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have a look here: “Beyond the Horizon”, which was a beautiful show of two artists, a photographer and a sculptress.

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Look “Beyond the Horizon” in Marbella

This week I visited another fantastic exhibition in Marbella. The Gallery Isolina Arbulu , one of the treasure in Marbellas gallery world is worth to be discovered. Till end of March Isolina Arbulu is showing a very fine and silente exhibition – a combination of photos and sculptors that are in a great dialog with each other. The photos are taken during her activity as a consultant in the poorest regions of the world by ANGÉLICA ARBULU. Angélica tries to show the beauty in rather isolated places that don’t attract attention on the first glance. A wonderful match with theses photos are the taking sculptures by Málaga artist STELLA KAMAZÓN. Built from recycled materials the figures make a great link to the geographical areas where the photos come from. Stella shows nearly faceless figures which are lost in an other isolated world, the world of technique, phone and internet.

I was already taken by this wonderful combination in the entrance hall – such a great dialog between these two art works!

Here is a small choice of the art works to be seen!

The atmosphere of the gallery is very inviting, situated in a beautiful workplace. It has the notion of a very private house. We were happy to have Isolina as our guide and then the gallery for ourselves after having made a telephone appointment! Its a recommendation to make an appointment to be sure you meet Isolina Arbulu in person and get the interesting information about the exhibition.

I loved the title “Beyond the Horizon” and this description very much, especially as I was also engaged with the horizon when I working on my “Desert Trip Print Series”.