Galeria Municipal Ala de Frente
Location: Palacete Barão da Trovisqueira - Rua Adriano Pinto Basto, nº 79 Vila Nova de Famalicão
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, from 10h am to 05h30 pm and weekends from 02h30 am às 05h30 pm
The Ala da Frente opens another exhibition this year 2020 with works by António Olaio. An exhibition entitled “Desterrado” and which continues the work developed by António Olaio in a reflection initiated in 2017.
A Performance presented on September 20, 2017 at the Soares dos Reis Museum in Porto, led Olaio to establish a relationship with the sculpture The "Desterrado do Soares dos Reis", where he appeared in a cutaway in opposition to the sculpture's nudity and in questioning the territories and relationships established in this environment with the works. At the Anozero'19 Bienal, in Coimbra (2 November to 29 December 2019), he continued his journey with the performance at the Soares dos Reis Museum with the presentation of an installation entitled Desterrado: Floating over my own ground where, in the same space , a painting and a video left us in an ambivalence of the image in motion with the image of the painting which, due to its verticality and elevated position, made us uneasy about our presence in that space. The senses tried to adjust, we were floating.
António Olaio has a degree in Painting, but his work has been guided by a comprehensive exploration of languages and creative territories. Performance, music (in 1986 it forms and integrates the “Repórter Estrábico”) the video, the drawing, the painting allow it a range of means where it deepens reflections on the representation r its meaning in the art object. To expose different supports and languages in the same space is to take the observer to adjust, to find solutions of potential balance, in response to the instigation of unrest that António Olaio launches. A provocation that fluctuates from fine lines and well expressed lines of force that transfer a uniqueness to the work developed by Olaio.
In this exhibition we have the presence of painting, video and drawing, in a possible balance that will lead us to question space and our presence in it, as well as our relationship with the understanding of art. Who watches whom? Who gets exiled?
Text: António Gonçalves