Environmental Artist Lita Albuquerque Early Works in Brussels

Courtesy the artiste and La Patinoire Royale Bach. Photo Vincent Everarts.

This past April, Lita Albuquerque, a multidisciplinary artist and writer, continued to bend space and time as she showcased her most recent solo exhibition "Early Works" at Galerie La Patinoire Royale Bach in Brussels. The exhibition featured works from the 1970s and 1980s, including "Spine of the Earth" from 1980.

Albuquerque’s work evokes viewers to dissect human interaction with the environment by creating large-scale pieces that simultaneously construct a physical interpretation of time. This is demonstrated through her distinct style, utilizing pictures, pigments, and stone. She tells art currently, "I was interested in that impossibility of vision, being able to perceive only what is around us, yet aware that what we are perceiving is only part of a much larger vision".

Photographs of iconic landforms contrasted with geometric and bright pigments sprawling on the floor initiate a new dialogue on time in a realm of cosmic space and reality. As the exhibition showcases these ephemeral works, it illustrates the significance Albuquerque held as one of the few women artists associated with the Light and Space movement and Land Art.

At the heart of the exhibition lies "Spine of the Earth" from 1980, originally created in the Mojave Desert in California, stretching across 150 meters of floor space. Albuquerque intertwines the sun, the earth, and the sky to induce feelings of calm and awe, ferrying viewers to human-scaled Cosmo interpretations of infinite space and eternal time. The artist represented the United States at the Sixth International Cairo Biennale, earning the top prize, and has additionally been awarded by the National Science Foundation Artist Grant Program for Stellar Axis.