Felix de la Concha’s
"Fallingwater in Perspective" Exhibition
Runs Through November 10 at The Barn at Fallingwater
(Pittsburgh and Mill Run, Pennsylvania.) Artist Felix de la Concha spent more than a year at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. His carefully crafted paintings affirm more than just the architectural ideas behind the surface. De la Concha’s gift of perception works toward a meditation on the spirit of the place and his paintings welcome us into the Kaufmann's weekend home at Bear Run. Now through November 10th, the Barn at Fallingwater is hosting the first showing of de la Concha’s work.
In de la Concha’s paintings, Fallingwater’s grace and artistry remains as fresh as the nature into which it fits. In a house full of focal points, de la Concha frames views of the incidental as well as the significant. Fallingwater is revealed as house, collections, and site together, equal and wedded with nature. Several of the paintings highlight the Kaufmann family’s art and tastes, such as the Picasso in the Master Bedroom or the Magaña sculpture on Edgar Kaufmann, Sr.’s Terrace. Others focus on ephemeral outdoor moments, such as the play of light on glass at night or shadows on snow in the late fall, and again in winter. In a series of seven large, vertical canvases, de la Concha turns his attention to the Bear Run waterfall over which Fallingwater is perched. His Brunelleschi-like understanding of perspective allows him to manipulate space. Through his paintings, de la Concha brings the southwest elevation, the most photographed view of the house, into a clear and sharp focus that gives us new clarity. We gain a new understanding of the house’s siting and setting as we shift through the summer and fall.
Fallingwater is fully proclaimed as a spatial experience, a careful, multi-dimensional choreography, in de la Concha’s panorama of Fallingwater’s Living Room. This series of eight panels allows us to step into the room—to be drawn to the west terrace doors, to look outside to nature, to pause in front of the fireplace.
Félix de la Concha was born in León, Spain and studied at the Facultad de Bellas Artes in Madrid. In 1989, he was awarded the prestigious Prix de Rome at the Academia de Bellas Artes and lived and worked in Rome until 1994. While there, he created large-scale works including Nine Months in Donna Olympia, The Cypress at the Circus Maximus, and A Promenade at Doria Pamphili, all of which have been exhibited in museums around the world. Another of his most important works, Patios de la Lonja, is on permanent display at the Lonja de Alicante in Spain.
He has had solo exhibitions in the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, The Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh, Columbus Museum of Art, Museo de Bellas Artes in Santander, Museo del Chopo, México, D.F., Centro Cultural La Recoleta in Buenos Aires, and Rómulo Gallegos in Caracas. His monumental display, One a Day; 365 Views of the Cathedral of Learning is on permanent display at the Old Masonic Temple in Pittsburgh, and The Last Supper, a work created in 2000, is permanently installed at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
The de la Concha exhibition will tour next year. Beginning January 28, 2008, “Fallingwater in Perspective” will open at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg and run through March 23, 2008.
For more information, and to see images of some paintings from the exhibition, visit http://www.fallingwaterenperspectiva.org/.
The Barn at Fallingwater is located on the Bear Run Nature Reserve on PA Route 381, between Mill Run and Ohiopyle, just ¼ mile north of the Fallingwater entrance. Free parking is conveniently located behind the facility, and can be reached via the entry drive for Western Pennsylvania Conservancy's Bear Run Nature Reserve.
For general information on the exhibit, the Bear Run Nature Reserve, or to purchase Fallingwater tour tickets, please telephone 724-329-8501, or visit our website at www.fallingwater.org.
About Fallingwater and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy:
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) preserves Fallingwater®, the masterpiece home designed in 1935 by Frank Lloyd Wright for Edgar J. Kaufmann in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. In 1963, Edgar Kaufmann jr. (sic) entrusted Fallingwater to the Conservancy. As a symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors. Since its founding in 1932, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has protected more than 212,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania, restored watersheds and saved natural habitats for a diversity of life and uses. Each year, WPC also partners with 4,000 volunteers and dozens of community organizations and businesses to plant and maintain 140 gardens and greening projects in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.