|(Born)||1989 in Switzerland|
Louisa Gagliardi (b. 1989) draws freely from the codes of painting as well as contemporary graphic design and advertising in order to rethink questions of figure and ground, flatness and depth. Created initially as fluid digital images, her works are printed on vinyl and then intervened upon with a gel medium that lends a texture that could be read as ghostly impressions of painterly marks. However, rather than appealing to the hand, this texture only underscores the surface as a complex field of visual play –a theme brought forth in this suite of works through the reoccurring motif of veils and unveiling. Dancing between dimensionality and translucence, her landscapes and characters bridge the divide between the enigmatic and the banal.
Her work has recently been shown at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Zurich, Switzerland (2023), Dawid Radziszewski, Warsaw, Poland (2022), rodolphe janssen, Brussels, Belgium (2022), Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva, Switzerland (2021); Antenna Space, Shanghai, China (2020); McNamara Art Projects, Hong Kong (2019); Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau (2018); Centre d’art de Neuchâtel CAN, Neuchâtel (2018); Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, St. Gallen (2018); MOSTYN, Llandudno, Wales, UK (2018); Openforum, Berlin (2018); Plymouth Rock, Zurich (2018); the Louisiana, Humlebæk (2017); Pilar Corrias, London (2017); rodolphe janssen, Brussels (2017); The Cabin, LA (2016); Tomorrow Gallery, New York (2016); Instituto Svizzero, Rome, Italy (2016) and König Galerie, Berlin (2016). She was shortlisted for the Swiss Art Awards in 2018 and 2021. Gagliardi also presented a monumental project for Unlimited at Art Basel in 2022.