La Llotja de Palma host "Mar interior" by Portuguese artist Pedro Cabrita Reis, on the occasion of Nit de l’Art 2023.
Cabrita (Lisbon, 1956) defines himself as a "collector of memories", a sensitive observer who absorbs the rich tapestry of life's experience. From chance encounters to the contemplation of abandoned objects and the ever-evolving architectural landscape. His work is a representation of the world we inhabit, it offers a unique perspective by presenting decontextualised fragments of our daily lives.
Pedro Cabrita Reis at La Lonja, Palma de Mallorca. Photo by Bruno Daureo
The Portuguese artist is known for his minimalist approach, distilling his artworks to their very essence. In this simplicity, he discovers a melancholic stillness that invites introspection and serenity. He has a profound ability to uncover beauty in the most simple and unamusing aspects. One of the defining elements of Cabrita's artistic practice is his use of light as a fundamental material in constructing his artworks. This fascination adds a captivating luminosity and ethereal quality to his creations, elevating them to another artistic expression.
Installation view: Pedro Cabrita Reis, 'Mar Interior', 2023. Photo by Bruno Daureo
Supported by the government of the Balearic Islands, in collaboration with the city council of Palma and Kewenig, the exhibition is conceived specifically to resonate with the unique space of La Lonja, one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture in Malorca. 'Mar Interior' draws inspiration from the classical understanding of the Mediterranean, exploring its historical significance and cultural symbolism. This work, with an intense and changing creative process, has led the artist to conclude the sculpture on the basis of a minimal, essential gesture: a sea of powerful white light.