Maria Vita Goral (°1991, UA)from 27/10/2023 to 02/12/2023
Maria Vita Goral’s solo exhibition brings together her latest multidisciplinary research in a composition of dialogues that encourage interpretation, openness and diversification in the communication of ideas.
The exhibition is based around two urban art projects: “Butterfly net” and “Perles Universelles”, which took four years to complete over the course of 2022-2023.
Galerie19 invited Maria Vita Goral to present the works dedicated to these projects, the artistic variations as well as explanatory files, drawings, engravings, sculptures, embroidery, plans and technical works.
The project “Butterfly net” – Sculptures 2022-2023.
The main idea of these sculptures concerns the space of individual or collective freedom, the notion of appropriation, limits and responsibility. The net, taut and vibrant, as an image of capture, weapon, desire and play. This project is an attempt to detach the ‘what’ from the ‘why’ – the reason why certain situations arise is more important than understanding or not understanding the situation itself. In this way, the work leads to something else – the gaze. The gaze that shifts from the object to life (the butterflies) and its relationship to the world. If full-scale sculptures are a metaphor for weapons, urban sculpture becomes an attempt at prevention.
The project “Perles Universelles” – Sculptural installation 2023, Liège
This sculptural installation by the artist Maria Vita Goral was created in collaboration with the design office Pôle Design. It consists of placing four lacquered steel beads in the empty shells worn by the Titans, bronze statues located on the Fragnée bridge in the city of Liège, created by the sculptor Victor Rousseau for the 1905 Universal Exhibition. These pearls come in four different colours (pink, white, champagne and black) and are made to measure for the existing shells. They are a metaphor for the different cultures coming from the four corners of the world.
Maria Vita Goral about her art practice:
“The creations of my practice are all born of human contact, observations, silences, listening, and secret gardens. They refer to the human being in direct and indirect ways, evoking the state of the world today, with its repetitions, its horrors, but also its splendour.
Sculpture and drawing play a major role in my work and my life. A form, a volume, the proportions, the structure, the material, the weight, the assemblage, the installation, objects that are transformed in a strict or free way in relation to architecture, geometry, space or reflections on actuality. I leave the door open to poetry, imagination and, above all, metaphor, by evoking the historical, geographical or political aspects as lucidly as possible.
The perpetual creative process of sculpture has become an almost vital necessity. It’s a kind of personal development that opens the door to different techniques, which is why I collaborate with other trades for certain projects. Sculpture and drawing lead me to question light, its rhythm and diffusion, its relationship with colours, a vision that is both global and fragmented, allowing the viewer to question the work and enter into an intimate relationship with it. These relationships between man and space, and the observation of them, have become a daily task in which the autonomy of sculpture takes different forms: it changes, reflects, imposes itself, contradicts and harmonises.
The notion of public space refers to several realities. I also feel the need to work in the urban space, which is accessible to all, and in this way to say “the Sculpture is us”. Without seeking to maintain absolute control over the work, I want my work to be transformed into emotions, journeys, thoughts, changes, doubts and echoes.”