Hugo Canoilas, Lava-grotto, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and Workplace Gallery

Hugo Canoilas, Lava-grotto, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and Workplace Gallery

Hugo Canoilas, Lava-grotto, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and Workplace Gallery

Hugo Canoilas, Lava-grotto, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and Workplace Gallery

Hugo Canoilas, Lava-grotto, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and Workplace Gallery

Hugo Canoilas, Lava-grotto, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and Workplace Gallery

Hugo Canoilas, Installation view, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and Workplace Gallery

Hugo Canoilas, Picasso head, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and Workplace Gallery

Hugo Canoilas, A kind of sinister magnificence, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and Workplace Gallery

Hugo Canoilas, Natural, or divine, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and Workplace Gallery

Hugo Canoilas, The landscapes of Burma, 2016. Photo Colin Davison, courtesy of AV Festival 2016 and Workplace Gallery

This new installation by Hugo Canoilas creates a tension between the past and present, making it contemporary ‘like a knife with two blades’. It brings together his ongoing concerns around social discrepancy with readings on capitalism and Marxism including George Orwell, Pierre Joseph Proudhon’s The Philosophy of Misery, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave and more recently The Manifesto Against Labour by Group Krisis. Canoilas’s paintings are acts of suspension and confrontation, layers of diagrammatic symbols, signs and texts between the abstract and the figurative.

The new work extends this idea further by turning the gallery into a fake grotto. Viewers can search with a light in the darkness, veiling and unveiling images, rendering a general view of the whole impossible. For Canoilas, the real material of art is the interconnection of things. The cave reflects these social, artistic and political interrelations and clichés by simultaneously building and erasing fragments of social realist imagery, propaganda, miners’ banners, newspaper clipping and political texts. As the artist states ‘Labour can be seen here as the metaphorical chains that don’t allow us to see the world differently, like the three slaves in Plato’s cave who only see their shadows.’

On Sat 27 February, 2.15pm–3pm, Hugo Canoilas discusses his work in the gallery. More information here.

Hugo Canoilas

FREE

Preview: Friday 26 Feb, 7–10pm

27 February – 27 March 2016

Opening Times
Tue – Sun 12–6pm, closed Mon

Workplace Gallery

The Old Post Office
19 – 21 West Street
Gateshead
NE8 1AD
workplacegallery.co.uk