Wednesday 21 July 2021 - Sunday 28 November 2021
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery is delighted to present the UK’s largest solo exhibition by Carlos Bunga (b. 1976, Porto, Portugal). The exhibition Terra Ferma, draws on both the physical architecture as well as the mental perception of the site. It brings together approximately 70 works dating from 2008 to the present, including large scale immersive installations, paintings, sculptures, videos and drawings.
Carlos Bunga makes structures and interventions out of everyday materials such as cardboard, masking tape and wall paint, encouraging viewers to rethink their experience of space and architecture.
Urban and natural landscape are in dialogue throughout the show, drawing on Bunga’s own experiences of displacement and loss but also his nomadic life, moving from place to place.
The title Terra Ferma, is a wry observation of the not-so-solid ground that humans presently find themselves on in these times, where events are leading us to revaluate our world, to take responsibility for the way we live in an ecosystem that extends beyond us and how we relate to one another.
This major exhibition includes a large-scale floor piece in the Gallery’s Atrium, where an intense yellow pigment fills the entire floor. While in Room 3, there are two major site specific works, as well as a number of wall based works. In Room 8 and 9, Bunga has selected a series of landscape paintings from the Gallery’s permanent collection depicting landscapes across Wales, interspersed by a series of new sculptural works. Throughout the gallery the sculptural works and interventions are accompanied by a number of series of drawings.
Karen MacKinnon, Gallery Curator says, “It is with our great pleasure to present this major exhibition by Carlos Bunga in several spaces across the gallery.
His work gently draws us into deep and urgent conversations about humanity and responsibility. Using simple materials, the architecture of the gallery’s space and it’s art collections, Bunga investigates the precarious relationship between the human and the natural world, between the past and future by inviting us to be part of, rather than simply view these beautiful artworks and installations.”
Bunga is producing an artist colouring book, Future Earth featuring a new series of twenty drawings speaking of human’s relationship with nature and the ecosystems around them. The book is being designed by Lumin Press and will be available to buy in the gallery shop.
Supported by The Elephant Trust and a grant from the Henry Moore Foundation.