Category Archives: 2011

modelling-standard

Exhibition organized by Jorge Satorre and Erick Beltrán

 

Also participating, Christoph Keller, Raphaël Zarka, Paloma Polo, Bernardo Ortiz, Efrén Álvarez, Meris Angioletti, Jose Antonio Vega Macotela, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Jorge Aviña and Florian Göttke

 

 

 

Modelling Standard is a project of long trajectory that starts from a mutual interest for historiography’s investigation methods common in micro-history, set out in Italy during the early seventies by a group of social scientists. The text: Huellas. Raíces de un paradigma indiciario written by Carlo Ginzburg published in 1978 has worked as a pillar to this investigation. In it Ginzburg breaks down 3 fundamental elements in the writing of history taking into account, in the most possible direct way, the versions of the subordinate classes:

– The search for clues, symptoms and fragmentary witnesses.

– The reduction of scale.

– The exhaustive analysis of sources.

 

The title is a reference to the concept of the Standard Model which is used in the field of physics to explain the almost invisible interactions which occur on a subatomic level in matter. With this analogy, far from pretending to establish relationships between fields of knowledge apparently dissimilar, our intention is to detect and understand those fragile connections which already exist and always have existed.

 

The result of this first stage of Modelling Standard consists in a network of caricatures and texts in which a series of famous characters become victims and killers of a great irresoluble crime. Among them, Sigmund Freud, Vilayanur Ramachandran, Carlo Ginzburg, Giovanni Morelli, Fantomas, Aby Warburg, Francis Galton, Arthur Conan Doyle, Raymond Roussel and Joe Orton.

 

For the presentation in the Galeria Joan Prats, we show for the first time the work on the whole, with the contribution of artists, illustrators and guest investigators, whose personal investigators work as new links of this chain which grows longer and longer… like devil’s dribble.

 

 

Jorge Satorre and Erick Beltrán, 2011

Juan Uslé

We are pleased to announce the upcoming opening of the exhibition by Juan Uslé Landropo and Zebulón, with which we will open the season on September 22nd.

 

Ten years after his previous exhibition in the gallery, we present a selection of his most recent medium and large format paintings.

 

Juan Uslé, in his recent work, as in the last twenty years, has been characterized by the rigorous commitment that constitutes a personal theory of vision that evolves through its own codes with a formally abstract language.

 

We will have the presence of the artist who lives and works between Saro (Cantabria) and New York.

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The exhibition links diverse attempts to chart the common territory while facing entropy.

 

The exhibit presents for the first time in the gallery a connection between the works of Aleksandra Mir, Knut Åsdam, Perejaume, Carla Zaccagnini and Alejandro Vidal.

 

The dynamics of the pieces lies around the new maps of old territories from which in an uneven but also complementary way, scenes realized from an apparent recreational posture, in turn reveal a plot of conflict are set out.

 

Carla Zaccagnini’s video spins around the non identity of the territory, that which is inhabited by its own absence.

 

In Knut Åsdam’s photographies, the impossibility of communication becomes evident through the tension zones and the sentences that prevent an outcome.

 

In the work of Aleksandra Mir, direction and position from the non place manifests its own process, the digital representational surface alters the form of perception in the work of Perejaume, and thus also in the occult, that which threatens us and the photosensitive images of Alejandro Vidal.

 

Aleksandra Mir, Lubin, Poland, 1967. She lives and works in London. She has participated in the 53 Biennale di Venezia in 2009. She has exhibited in international centers such as The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, Kunstpalais Erlangen, Germany, Fundacion Jumex, Mexico, Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, The Vera List Center, New York, Printed Matter Inc., New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, ICA, London, Kunsthaus, Zurich.

 

Knut Åsdam, Trondheim, Norway, 1968. He lives and works in Oslo. In 2011 he presented Abyss and Tripoli in Tate Modern London. He has exhibited in solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Bergen in 2010, Manifesta 7 in 2008, 50 Biennale di Venezia in 2004, and 8 Istanbul Biennial in 2003. He has shown, among many others, at Sørlandets Art Museum of Kristiansand, Norway, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, National Gallery of Art in Washington, New York MOMA/PS1, FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon.

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In Remarks on Colour 2, we present the new exhibition by Julião Sarmento, introducing his latest work, canvases, collages and photography.

 

Julião Sarmento has developed a visual discourse that looks into memory and transgression, seduction and desire. The richness and complexity of his work lies in a system of free signifiers   travelling through the works and across his own limits. The use of regular patterns such as the expression of the hands, the body language and architectural floor plans achieves a free-play of associations that avoids to settle into a meaning.

 

The exhibition takes its name from Ludwig Wittgenstein’s work Remarks on Colour, who affirms ‘‘There is no phenomenology but there are indeed phenomenological problems’’, and focuses on the analysis of mechanisms of sensory perception of colour.

 

In the canvases, the white surfaces of the paintings and the partially erased forms, appreciable in the work of Julião Sarmento, coexist with the three primary colours: red, yellow and blue. Silkscreened photographic images leave the dominating white empty and highly charged simultaneously. The collages make allowance for some philosophical notes mixed with silkscreened images of Modernist houses in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, and unrelated photographic images.

 

The conception of these contrastive components, deliberately artificial and controlled, making resistance against the coherent narrative, conceding to the viewer the freedom of interpretation.

 

Charged with suggestion and incertitude, the current work of Julião Sarmento deals in the impossibility of truly comprehension of Experience.

 

 

Julião Sarmento was born in Lisbon, in 1948. Lives and Works in Estoril, Portugal. Hi has shown his own work in art centres as CAC Málaga; The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York (2011); Tate Modern, London (2010-2011); Estação Pinacoteca, São Paulo (2009); Centro José Guerrero, Granada (2008); Fundación Botín, Santander and MEIAC, Badajoz (2006); Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2005); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (2004). Currently, his work can be seen in La Casa Encendida, Madrid and soon in Es Baluard Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma, Mallorca.

reisewitz_agua_quie_cai

In agua que cai, the second exhibition of Caio Reisewitz in the gallery, we present his most recent work; large scale photographs and a series of photomontages.

 

By means of photography, Caio Reisewitz approaches different subject matters, such as the representation of natural spaces and the repercussion of aggressions and disasters in nature. His large scale photographs deal with landscape redefining aerial perspective and inviting to reflect through a critical gaze.

 

The works by Caio Reisewitz that we present seek to capture the greatness of the natural reserves while evidencing the immensurable abyss between man and his object of perception. The spaces taken by Caio Reisewitz show us the progressive wearing of nature as a result of human action. Images in his work, in their soberness, pretend to generate complicity and to introduce the spectator in their physical space as a contemplating subject.  

 

 

Caio Reisewitz was born in São Paulo, in 1967. He lives and works in São Paulo. He has participated in the Nanking Biennale, China (2010), in la Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Ushuaia, Argentina (2009 y 2007), in the 51 Venice Biennale (2005), and the 26 São Paulo Biennale (2004). He has exhibited his work in art centers such as MUSAC León, Museu Nacional de Brasilia,  Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo, Fundación Pedro Barrié de la Maza in Vigo, Rac Foundation in Pontevedra, National Gallery Cape Town, South Africa, Pinacoteca of Bologna, Italy, Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, CAAC Seville, Museo Patio Herreriano in Valladolid and MARCO in Vigo.