The dreamy artist who does not forget Pontevedra
He went to London to exhibit his painting and took the opportunity to exhibit some original photos of the Lérez bridges
It happened in Ferrol. Fernando Viscasillas, today a painter and professor of drawing, settled in Pontevedra for more than two decades. Fernando, in his youthful effervescence, with all his life and illusion ahead, stood before his father, a Mr. engineer of the Bazán, and told him that he wanted to be an artist. He wanted to take advantage of the art that ran through his veins since he was a child – he even composed a book with drawings he made for his classmates and school teachers – and become a drawing teacher. The conversation, as you can imagine, did not end as Fernando expected. And the kid ended up in law school. But, that young man from Ferrol, either knew Ghandi or imitated him by pure chance, but the fact is that he made his resistance peaceful. “I was there for several years enduring, until they realized that it was not my thing, and they let me decide,” he says. Fernando ended up in Tenerife studying Fine Arts. There, the lawyer dreamed by his father died and the aritst was born. Since then, one thing is clear: the kid was not disappointed, because today he is an artist, and a well recognized one, who is quite happy. Fernando passed the race, passed the exams and, in effect, became a drawing teacher in art schools, colleges or institutes. This was how he arrived in Pontevedra, where he settled for good while still teaching in Ourense. Then he got closer and spent years in the CPI of Barrantes (Ribadumia). Fernando was always clear that, beyond his daily work, he was and is a painter. So he dedicated himself and is still dedicated to painting. He immediately took the international leap and his work was traveling to Tokyo, Venice, Paris … And above all to Bologna, since he maintained and maintains a close relationship with this city.
The reason for the bridges
The fact is that this summer, by chance, as always happens with important things, he saw that there was a selection of artists for a unique exhibition in London: Artrooms; a show that took place at the White Hotel House Meliá in which the artists show there work in their own rooms. With over 1,100 applicants and 70 seleted artists, he thad to prepare his London expedition
What did he take with him? Well, logically, his painting. In fact, within it, he chose paintings that constitute a tribute to his great-grandfather, the composer Eduardo Viscasillas, friend of Verdi, author of 200 works and member of the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna. And he managed to hang the paintings in the hotel room like it was an exhibition hall. «It was a huge job. It seemed Macgyver trying to place the pictures in it, “he remembered yesterday with a smile, even from London.
At the same exhibition, he included a photographic montage that made a bridge between the street and the works of the artists, and that was going to hang in the lobby of the hotel. He did not think twice; He got up one day and went to photograph the bridges of Lérez, from Los Tirantes to As Correntes through O Burgo. Then, he put technique and imagination and made some photomontages that led to London. It could not go better: “The truth is that they attracted a lot of attention, everyone asked me about Pontevedra, they said it looked like a very cosmopolitan city. And I, of course, explained that Pontevedra had been transformed and that it was ideal for walking, to enjoy it … I think I sold it well, “he says with a smile. Fernando will soon return to the land of Lérez. And he will keep releasing “the artist’s poison” that he says he has inside. Now he the father of two grown daughters and, when asked if he also gave them advice when deciding the future, he says: “I always tell them to do what the head asks them to do”. Then, the question falls: does he have the head or the heart? And he replies: «In my case I think they are united. I have my heart in my head … maybe that’s why I’m so clueless. My daughters sometimes ask me if I am here, because I can spend five hours doing nothing and not knowing what is around me, “he says. In his day to day, when he acts as a teacher, he makes a loving revenge to his father, now deceased. Because if his progenitor tried not to be an artist, he tries the opposite with his pupils, and more than one that was not clear about the future ended up aiming at Fine Arts. Although, to be fair, it must be said that Fernando’s father did not die without recognizing his acchivments. He remembers with emotion: “He went to the casino in Ferrol to tell his friends that he was exhibiting and that they gave me the Lorenzo Medici medal. It was very emotional, “the artist says. Years ago he received the medal Lorenzo Medici and his work has long traveled the world.
Artrooms Fair London today announced the launch of the VIP and private view signaling the start of Artrooms London for the fourth consecutive year.
Artrooms Fair London is set to run from the 20th – 22nd January 2018 at the Melia White House, for the fourth consecutive year, hosted by the 4 star hotel in central London (Regent’s Park). Artrooms sees independent artists from all over the world exhibit their work in over 70 hotel rooms that have been transformed by each individual artist showcasing their work.
Artrooms is the first international contemporary art fair offering free exhibition space to independent artists. The fair is redefining the art world by innovating the way artists, buyers and collectors meet.
Cristina Cellini Antonini (Co Founder / Director) commented: ”We’ve watched Artrooms grow since its launch in 2015 and we’re very proud of the platform we have created that allows independent artists the opportunity to network with some of the world’s leading collectors, curators and galleries.”
The first Artrooms fair started at the Meliá White House Hotel in London in 2015, since then hundreds of artists from all over the world have benefited from a program of free exhibitions working alongside emerging and established curators, meeting private collectors and gaining visibility from a global audience.
In 2016, the fair became immediately the largest event for independent artists in the UK, and one of the most talked about in the UK art’s calendar, receiving approx. 400 applications and showcasing more than 700 artworks in 4 days.
In 2017, the third edition, Artrooms received 785 applications from over 60 countries which has increased the quality of the art work selected showcasing not only emerging but also multi-awarded independent artists. For its 4th edition in January 2018, Artrooms received over 1100 applications. This edition will see each of the 70 selected artists from all over the world (+ 1 voted by the public) exhibit their work in a hotel room.
Following last year very successful performance, the Artrooms Fair London is delighted to announce a new collaboration with MDH Hologram, the global market leader in holographic projection whose clients include Dior, Aston Martin, IWC Schaffhausen and Jennifer Lopez just to name a few ( www.mdhhologram.com).
Aura, a work by Analema Group, a London based art collective – lead by Oliver Gingrich, Evgenia Emets and Dr. Alain Renaud – focusing on the intersection between art and science. Will be part of the Interactive Project Section of the Artrooms Fair London.
Aura presents an introspective brainwave interface as holographic projection inviting the audience to reconnect with their spiritual self, with their inner life through electroencephalographic (EEG) brainwave measurements. EEG data provides information on brainwave data which are translated and visualized into an abstract shape. Using MDH’s EyeMagic, the projection technique suggests the dual nature of presence as spirit and as a physical condition.
Perceived as antipodal, contradictory phenomena, the relationship between technology, and the world of the spiritual is complex and multilayered. The idea of the presence is evoked through a real-time representation of brainwaves as a free floating light-sculpture – a mirror into the participants inner state of mind. Aura aims to investigate what it is to perceive someone’s presence, creating a subliminal visual echo of cognitive states channeled through real time interaction. The piece poses questions on the permeability and invasiveness of technology, as much as providing a tool for introspection, for self-observation and for engagement with one’s inner landscape.
MDH EyeMagic is the first holographic projection pod that withstands all ambient lighting, resulting in a unique optical illusion. Pioneered for Ralph Lauren’s flagship store on 5th Avenue, MDH’s EyeMagic has now been seen at London Fashion Week, at the Serpentine Gallery, Frieze Art Week and at last year’s Artrooms Fair London. The EyeMagic creates the ultimate optical illusion, with hitherto unseen impact. The audience is left to be visually amazed and here – invited to interact.
Viscasillas builds bridges with London
The artist will participate in a collective installation at the Artrooms Fair London with two photographic works of Pontevedra Bridges.
Fernando Viscasillas got up one day in November at seven in the morning to photograph the Pontevedra bridges. “I expected to portray them at dawn, with the first rays of light,” he explains. “It was terribly cold, and it was cloudy, but I worked on the photos and the works came out.” The two works that emerged from that experience, including the bridges of As Correntes, O Burgo and Os Tirantes, can be seen between January 19 and 22 at the Artrooms London fair, which will take place at the Meliã White House.
Fernando Viscasillas, shows his photomontages with Pontevedra bridges, “plus another one with Gondomar bridges”, in the collective installation “Building Bridges”, coordinated by Artrois Group. “Although my production as a creator has been mainly pictorial, photography has always interested me,” explains Viscasillas. “Now a time has come when I feel I want to give it a greater protagonism”
Viscasillas’ hobby began to become more serious when, after two trips to Birmingham, he started portraying the British city. “It is now in full swing, it is going to become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe,” he says. “I made a series of 40 photos and contacted a gallery to expose them”. He says he would like to complete the project by also portraying Leeds and Liverpool.
“Once I was selected to participate in Artrooms London and knew about this collective project, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to also participate in the event with these bridge photomontages from Pontevedra. ”
The german artist Tanja Bürgelin-Arslan, – one of Artrooms Fair London 2018 selected artist -, is well known for her public art. In December 2017, the new building of Sparkasse Willstätt, Germany was opened. The invited guests were raptured with excitement about the individual glass wall design showing the picturesque old town of Willstätt and its half-timbered houses. Regional topics are depicted and the logo colours are incorporated in the design. In this endeavour, she worked together with Planungsbüro für Banken (planning office) Thomas Wunderle. This is already the 12th bank that features her glass wall design.
The artist Tanja Bürgelin-Arslan has also won multiple awards. Her prize designs include the fountain “The Path of Life“ as well as her design of the “Duck Portal roundabout and not least her design of the “Fürth Rathaus“ (town hall Fürth) subway station.
You can see more about Tanja’s work here: http://buergelin-arslan.de/en/works/public-art/#offglas
Photo: Udo Künster