The Corner Piece #3, a project by Ligia Dias


Lisbon, September 14 – October 5, 2019

with: BLESS, Marta Costa Reis, Ligia Dias, Raquel Dias, Jorge Dias, Patrícia Domingues, Julien Fronsacq, Jenna Kaës, Katie Lagast, Vera Pinto, and LRC with Sophie Andes Gascon, CFGNY, Lydia and Fabio Quaranta x Giovanna Maria Chiades.

For The Corner Piece in Lisbon, Ligia Dias brings together artists that have an innate or symbolic relationship with Portugal. The works are displayed in the concrete cubes of Belo Campo, the artist-run space funded by the artist Adrien Missika and hosted by Galeria Francisco Fino.

The Corner Piece is a play on words referring to the store and the exhibition. The project wishes to be interdisciplinary and puts together conceptual and craft practices. The principle is to invite artists, designers and creators according to productions they have made within or at the edge of their framework. In a spirit of transversality, the project questions the notion of artistic field, the subjective value of a given object (be it art-work or product), as well as the exhibition form in itself.

We are pleased to invite you to the

Belo Campo
Galeria Francisco Fino
Rua Capitão Leitão, 76
1950-052 Lisboa

Rain puddles in glass


My fascination for rain puddles, mainly on the streets of Lisbon (P), began a few years ago. I started to make pictures, drawings, prints, etc. to study their ever changing form. In the meanwhile trying to figure out how I could be able to translate these puddles of water into glass objects. Objects that capture the form and imprint of whatever is there on the ground but which also keep a reference to the reflection of the surface and the transparency of a pool of water.

The first tests I made were still small in size: between 15 cm up to 35 cm in length. I made the models for these elements right there on the streets with clay. Fernando Quintas, professor of the glass departement of the academia de Belas Artes in Lisbon (P),  gave me the chance and space to dive into the wonderful world of glass melting and in his presence I started with my first experiments.

After a while I got the idea to make them bigger in size, deeper, more transparent. So I had to find a suitable place to do so. In Beeldenstorm, an artist workshop in Eindhoven (NL), I found the perfect environment to excecute this project. I changed from clay to silicones to make traveling easier and didn’t worry to much about the final size of each of the puddles I was casting. Only to find out in Beeldenstorm that I was very lucky the biggest of the models only merely fitted into the kiln. It shouldn’t have been a little bigger or it would have been a different story.

In January of this year I started making the moulds. Some of which took me two days to prepare. Each of the moulds had 4 layers of a different mixture of plaster and silica. A  piece of fiber glass was put between the second and the third layer to avoid the mould falling completely apart after firing.

In June we started to fill the first moulds with a gorgeous type of glass (bullseye) and just a little more than one week ago I finally took the first results out of the kiln. Two of the objects still need a good and final cleaning but I feel eager to share already some of the pictures here with you.





7th of June at 19h: opening of the exhibition : ‘Cruzamentos’ in Espaço AZ in Lisbon.

The exhibition is on view from the 8th of June until the 30th of June and shows a selection of my latest works in combination with the work of Fatima Frade Reis.
You can visit the exhibition on Thursday and Friday from 14h30 – 18h30 and on Saturday from 15h – 19h. Or by appointment.

SAVE THE DATE – Exhibition : “Bolseiros & Finalistas 2016 -2017” of ArCo – Lisbon

news_finalistas1617 image: Pedro Tropa

Inauguração Sábado, 9 de Dezembro às 15h

Exposição “Ar.Co Bolseiros & Finalistas ’16 e ‘17”

A presente iniciativa de divulgação pública de resultados escolares, evento que desde há muito se tornou anual, reúne uma selecção de trabalhos de finalistas e/ou alunos bolseiros dos anos lectivos 2015/16 e 2016/17.

Inaugurações simultâneas – Sábado, 9 de Dezembro de 2017

15h – Ar.Co Xabregas
15h30 – Hub Creativo do Beato
(assegura-se o transporte entre os espaços das exposições)

Exposição realizada com o apoio da Câmara Municipal de Lisboa.

Exposição patente de 12 a 21 Dezembro de 2017
Horário: Terça a Sábado 11h30 às 17h · Entrada livre

Ar.Co Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual – Antigo Mercado de Xabregas, Rua Gualdim Pais, 1900-255
Hub Creativo do Beato – Travessa do Grilo, 1950-147 Lisboa (Fábrica das Massas)

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