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Opening 16.01, 19h

Exhibition 17.01 – 30.05.2020

 

 

On Thursday January 16, we will open the seventh exhibition of Chema Madoz at the Galeria Joan Prats. We will present recent works made between 2012 and 2018.

 

The black and white photographs by Chema Madoz are characterized by their sharpness and fineness. Simple objects of everyday life appear in his pictures. The photographer has manipulated them, often combining two objects, looking for associations or paradoxes. These sculptures created by the artist are born only to be photographed, always with natural light. The change of scale and the absence of color allow us to establish a distance and at the same time distort reality, questioning ideas such as the true and the possible.

 

In the images of Chema Madoz, therefore, two points of view converge, the one from the photographer himself and the one from the viewer, who faces photography from the same place from where he faced the object. In the words of Chema Madoz, he is interested in “the idea of finding, discovering and perceiving the mystery in everyday life.” At the same time, the artist conceives reality as an exercise of reading, and with a cold look, he documents the destruction of its rules through photography.

 

All the photographs are printed on baryta paper and sulfide toned.

A Storm in a Teacup & Sideshow of a sideshow, 2012

exposure:the fact of experiencing something or being affected by it because of being in a particular situation or place (Cambridge Dictionary)

 

Exposures is a series of online exhibitions that aims to reflect on topics related to the current context, and around the general idea of ‘The body and the other’.

 

Exposures #02. The word 

The second proposal brings together conceptual practices around the word and the language, basic tools in our relationship with the world and with others.

The works of Erick Beltrán, Joan Brossa, Pauline Bastard, Muntadas, Javier Peñafiel, Perejaume, Teresa Solar and Anna Dot (guest artist) propose texts, phrases, messages, statements, which become resources for the analysis of reality, characterized by their critical and transforming character of the art system and society.

The works presented reflect the relationship between word and image and use various linguistic strategies. In the case of Teresa Solar‘s work, she plays with the aesthetics of phonetics and language learning posters. In other cases, language is used from a sound dimension -as in the work of Perejaume-, a sign –Javier Peñafiel– or poetic –Joan Brossa.

In the 2018 Muntadas work, the mechanisms of communication, language and the problematic relationship between the production of knowledge and economic power are analyzed. Also in the case of Erick Beltrán, through language, he dissects the world to classify it, categorize it, differentiate each of its elements in order to try to understand it.

In a more narrative line, Pauline Bastard‘s work starts from objects found casually that allow her to entrust strangers with the writing of creative fictions.

Lastly, we wanted to introduce an action carried out by Anna Dot at the Fundació Brossa in 2019, evidently for her connection with Joan Brossa, but also for her poetic reflection on the construction of words. 

This exhibition will be on view until 10 of June.

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Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisboa

18.5 – 26.7.2020

 

In an exhibition dedicated to Florentine Renaissance drawing and its Iberian extensions, works either produced by or attributed to Baccio Bandinelli, Luca Cambiaso, Correggio, Pontormo and Francisco Venegas would always establish predictable ties between one another. However, the presence among this group of some works by Julião Sarmento has the effect of upsetting the balance of the temporal, thematic and stylistic sequences that we might establish between artists belonging to a common cultural and chronological background.

The exhibition enables us to open up unexpected paths, leading us in multiple directions between the past, present and future. It is not a question of discovering a genealogy, but rather of inventing (or possibly not even considering) one; it is not a question of closing the circle, but of opening it up indefinitely.

Research undertaken into the MNAA’s drawing collection has given primacy to the expression of the outlines over the patch, thus bringing us closer to the solutions to be found in the work of Sarmento, who has developed a long theory of linear images, of actions that are interrupted, suspended or paralysed in time, images that are available to be incorporated into open narratives.

Julião Sarmento’s works are not studies, they are finished works. By completely reversing the Renaissance rules, they present the non finito as finito. It is a question of choosing and fixing fragments in action (especially parts of female bodies) separating these from the whole to which they belong, and without the intention of ever using them to reconstruct a body. All this is done so that we can concentrate our attention on the erotic aspects of gestures and choreographic games played with objects (hands, arms, legs, …), as if we were looking (as voyeurs) at everyday rituals, individual performances that can function as models for the abstract behaviour of a dual humanity. It is as if we were conducting an analysis while also wishing to operate a synthesis.

 

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A Storm in a Teacup & Sideshow of a sideshow, 2012

EXPOSURES #02  

until May 30, 2020

 

exposure:the fact of experiencing something or being affected by it because of being in a particular situation or place (Cambridge Dictionary)

 

Exposures is a series of online exhibitions that aims to reflect on topics related to the current context, and around the general idea of ‘The body and the other’.

 

Exposures #02
. The word 

 

The second proposal brings together conceptual practices around the word and the language, basic tools in our relationship with the world and with others.

 

The works of Erick Beltrán, Joan Brossa, Pauline Bastard, Muntadas, Javier Peñafiel, Perejaume, Teresa Solar and Anna Dot (guest artist) propose texts, phrases, messages, statements, which become resources for the analysis of reality, characterized by their critical and transforming character of the art system and society.

 

The works presented reflect the relationship between word and image and use various linguistic strategies. In the case of Teresa Solar‘s work, she plays with the aesthetics of phonetics and language learning posters. In other cases, language is used from a sound dimension -as in the work of Perejaume-, a sign –Javier Peñafiel– or poetic –Joan Brossa.

 

In the 2018 Muntadas work, the mechanisms of communication, language and the problematic relationship between the production of knowledge and economic power are analyzed. Also in the case of Erick Beltrán, through language, he dissects the world to classify it, categorize it, differentiate each of its elements in order to try to understand it.

 

In a more narrative line, Pauline Bastard‘s work starts from objects found casually that allow her to entrust strangers with the writing of creative fictions.

 

Lastly, we wanted to introduce an action carried out by Anna Dot at the Fundació Brossa in 2019, evidently for her connection with Joan Brossa, but also for her poetic reflection on the construction of words. 

 

This exhibition will be on view until 30 of May.

 

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