preparing the upcoming exhibition in Sines

'The First Layer' exhibition by Helena Loermans and Marta Pokojowczyk

‘Lab O’ is the place where recreations of canvases from paintings of the Great Masters from the XVI and XVII century are woven on hand looms.

Looking at an oil painting on canvas in a museum, our focus is on the image, the colours, the size and the frame around it.
Rarely we notice that the ‘First Layer’ is a woven cloth that can have its own texture.

In this exhibition you find recreations of the canvases that El Greco and Diego Velazquez used for their paintings, each with its own texture.

Included are contemporaneous experiences by Marta Pokojowczyk on these canvases: