This is the third exhibition at the STOA Gallery dedicated exclusively to Paz Aymerich. The Madrid-born artist has worked with the gallery since its inaugural exhibition in 2006. Since 26th of April to 21st of June
Paz lives and feels the city on a deeper level than most. Her cityscapes instantly captivate the viewer and transport us to a new urban dimension. Paz’s subjective vision revealing a friendly, lyrical and ideal city prevails throughout her early works, a vision that has evolved, with the artist’s eye becoming more searching, less serene and more assertive. As she herself has matured, so too have her paintings, in which, without abandoning the genre, she addresses the problem of overcrowded cities: the vanishing human sized buildings engulfed by enormous skyscrapers that dominate the new metropolitan skyline.
Through the works showcased here, all on large canvases, we discover urban patterns and silhouettes that we would have hardly noticed, or only perceived in a more trivial manner: patterns that almost seem anthropomorphic and initiate a dialogue with the author revealing her loneliness. The work “Estoy aquí 1 (I am Here 1)” illustrates how small buildings have become the last bastions of civic resistance, facing the threat of the horrific real estate machine. This melancholic reflection on the deplorable loss of old neighbourhood ways and customs that imparted a feeling of belonging to a neighbourhood and provided a community with an identity is magnificently exemplified in the work “Fuera de escala (Out of Scale)”, depicting an urban profile in which the city’s bones, their stylised lines cutting a disdainful figure as they loom over an amorphous clutter of impersonal, misshapen and anonymous buildings, emerge as the undisputed winners, whilst presaging a certain and bloody end.
Despite the narrative, a sliver of hope remains in the rooftop water tanks of the old buildings of New York. In a war that was already thought to have been lost, these urban features have gained both protection and public exposure. Their newfound status has turned them into some of the most popular icons of the Big Apple. In four of the artist’s works, they stand as sphinxes, full of wisdom and mystery but also as privileged witnesses in time, just waiting to share the past with us.