The Hole NYC gallery opened us to the fantastical world created by Lola Montes Schnabel, who had her opening last December 16, 2011. The show entitled “Love Before Intimacy” had five works presented and comprised of allegorical suggestive figurative paintings. Coincidentally, the palette was pared down also to five colors that are attributed to the restrictive schemes employed by the Spanish Romantics or the lucky five color Ko-Kutani school of Japanese ceramics.
For her first solo painting exhibition in the United States, she depicts a narrative of androgynous youth encountering each other in a deserted Greek island. It delves into a time of love before sexuality and discovery that eventually changes the innocent nature of their idyllic world.
The artist begins each work with bleached linen canvas and rabbit glue. After which she applies the five-color palette to the surface. Besides the paint, she also uses: asphalt, plaster weld, and copper plating as catalysts with the pieces taking on a richer dimension from the alchemical reaction that ensues. The magical aspect becomes visible when the plaster weld dries clear and the copper plating oxidizes then crystallizes. It definitely exudes a confidence and playfulness that still has as primal edge juxtaposed with a very feminine mood.
Exhibition dates: December 16, 2011 – February 4, 2012
The Hole NYC Gallery
New York, NY 10012
Article by: Oscar A. Laluyan