SODA gallery, Bratislava
Lucia Tallová (1985) has for some years belonged to one of distinctive figures on the Slovak contemporary art scene, acknowledged by her peculiar painting style, characteristic motif of sentimental landscape, monochromatic colour, and precise technique.
“Before the beginning, after the end” is the latest series of author which presents a new and so far the most complex cycle of paintings, collages and objects with an overlap to painting. The title of the series casts a hint to an unclear situation which had already happened or is about to cave in. It slowly immerses us in a story. Smoke, dust, flying ash, stoic peace, a stormy sky, empty city, spilled out water-table, symbols of the apocalypse.
Inhuman architecture, horizons in contrast, play of perspectives, freezing nothingness. Never-ending black and white landscapes intersecting with the dramatic vault and creating a mysterious tension before the storm. Lucia´s paintings are a time-laps of nostalgic landscapes which are seizing to listen to an unspoken lyrical tale. Dynamic abstract watercolor sections alternate with realistic architecture and fragments of romantic lace depicted just in a touch like a recognized raster giving the required depth to space.
Lucia´s advancement in monochrome is visible when looking at the custardy pink horizons which underline the femininity and sweetness of nostalgic memories even stronger. Multiplied by application of old family photographs, they create rather personal archive of author´s fictive memories of places which she had never visited.
Rhythm of static lands is emphasized with changing formats just like particular themes they describe, from wide-screen views of the landscape to “zoomed” cut-outs of the stormy clouds or spilled water level. We are gradually getting along from intimate minimalistic collages to wide scale plane where the black flowing parts shift to white rhythmic pauses. In playing with perspective, layering and finding surprising depth in pieces, achieved in fold of the layers flashing in various definition, just like watching an unclear land through an objective of a camera.
Particles of burnt paper emerging from the canvas, black leakage, ribbons, pools of colour, spilled paper, are parts of natural progress regards to last decorative elements of lace, rose, pearl or a tear ― apparent references to femininity, romanticism and sentiment, so typical of Lucia.