The Cultural Center Emmerico Nunes is situated about 160 km to the south of Lisbon at the seaport of Sines in the Alentejo province.
Since its foundation in 1986 the CCEN has hosted a large amount of cultural activities and had now invited the creative community of the area to participate in its “VIII Edition of the Values of the Sines Site”.
This group exhibition is showing works of painting, photography, handwoven textiles, dress-making, and sculpture...
My contribution to this event:
A large sandstone sculpture that I started with during a former proficiency course at the European Academy for Fine Arts in Trier/Germany. (see my publication April 2015 for further information)
To give you a compressed impression of the beginning of my project:
April 2015 European Academy for Fine Arts Trier/Germany
About the material:
Sandstone is a clastic sedimentary rock composed mainly of sand-sized mineral particles or rock fragments.
Most sandstone is composed of quartz or feldspar. Like uncemented sand, sandstone may be any color due to impurities within the minerals, but the most common colors are tan, brown, yellow, red, grey, pink, white, and black.
Sandstone was a popular building material from ancient times. It is relatively soft, making it easy to carve. It has been used around the world in constructing temples, homes, and other buildings. It has also been used for artistic purposes to create ornamental fountains and statues...
After shipping the heavy, still unfinished rock to Portugal, I restarted the very time-intensive sculpting process in my studio.
Many days and weeks of hard chiseling work, all done by hand, were needed to finally complete the sculpture and show it to the public on the day of the vernissage on November 11 at the CCEN in Sines…
sandstone, 57x50x23 cm
During the vernissage:
And on November 24, the Mayor of the city of Sines and members of the city council paid a visit to the Cultural Center to get an impression of the exhibits and to have an intellectual exchange with the artists.
The exhibition will be open to the public until January 7, 2018.
And, opposite the Cultural Center Emmerico Nunes, the statue of famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama is facing the open Atlantic and all the many “Wind Faces”…