31 October 2023

Discrepancies of Dreams

Lucía Rodríguez Pérez’s paintings
take us beyond the gate


by Kate Mothes

“My work is concerned with the ambiguity of space and the seductiveness of color,” says Lucía Rodríguez Pérez, whose vibrant paintings focus on architectural details like balconies with marble balustrades, or ironwork fences and gates. Grounded with rich gradients suggestive of sunsets, light bounces off the curves and angles of metal bars. “I see my work as a window to a dreamlike place, where we put together pieces of reality in a new way trying to make sense of our experience,” she says.

Drawing on the legacy of geometric abstraction, the nearly symmetrical compositions are occasionally disrupted by enigmatic horizons that play with perception. They seem both near and far, interacting with the architecture in uncanny ways: perhaps the place where the earth meets the sky, a reflection in a pool, or a shadow cast on a corner where floor meets wall.

“My inspiration comes from real-life ornamental details and art depictions of such elements, such as European early Renaissance paintings, which often create a discrepancy between elements that suggest perspective and those that respond to the image’s flat nature,” Rodríguez Pérez says. “This duality fascinates me, as it guides our perception towards accepting illusions, but it can unsettle us when the illusion doesn’t fully fit.”

The artist recently showed with Salon 21 and is currently focused on developing an ongoing body of work. Find more on her website and Instagram.

Untitled (Leaves), 2023. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches
Untitled (Balcony II), 2022. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches
Untitled (Gate on Water I), 2023. Oil on canvas, 26 x 32 inches
Untitled (Mirrors), 2021. Oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches each
Untitled (Steps), 2023. Oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches
Untitled (Bars), 2022. Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches
Untitled (Fence III), 2022. Oil on canvas, 20 x 24 inches

Header image: Detail of Untitled (Balcony III), 2022. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches

All images © Lucía Rodríguez Pérez

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