Art Madrid'23 – Nocapaper in Art Madrid\'16

 

 

 

What is NOCA?

 

NOCA stands for (Not Only Contemporary Art) is a platform dedicated to Art covering several fields, from the publication of books and works, advice or assistance to collectors artists and curating projects.

 

NOCA has published several series of books: POCKET SERIES, in order to bring collectors and the general public the work of contemporary artists. These monographs of contemporary artists are composed of a common structure: a critical trial about the creation of the artist illustrated with works of his career, an interview that gives voice to the creator, a series of illustrations / sketches...

 

 

Obra de Irene Sánchez Moreno para NOCA

 

Also publish the BOX SERIES, composed of several stories, books or collections, collected in a special box designed by the artist himself, the CHILD SERIES (to stimulate children's creativity), LARGE SERIES (catalog raisonné), SPECIAL BOOKS (commissions and other special publications).

 
 

 

 

Obra de Jonathan Notario para NOCA  

 

NOCA has also thought of art collectors, especially of the new collectors, and creates for them the SURPRISE SERIES, original works in limited series, small size and more affordable with which to start a collection of contemporary art. The artists develop 10 pieces similar to each other are part of a miniseries, with its certificate of authenticity and a text on the series.

 

 

 

An important part of the character and philosophy of NOCA is the mix of projects and the search for new formats and for this they have created NOCA GOURMET, a project that is an artistic intervention on boxes of oranges, limited and numbered edition accompanied by a certificate from the artist. Boxes created especially for this project in wood, designed to have a utility beyond being a simple container. Definitely a different way to enjoy art! 

NOCA also gives this year the NOCA Award // Art Madrid focused on the artists of the ONE PROJECT program. An award that recognizes the work and the emerging creation but also the work of young curators, as in this case Carlos Delgado Mayordomo.

 

In the year 2020 in the heart of Barcelona a wandering gallery was born, the same one that in February 2021 would debut at Art Madrid with an exhibition proposal focused on contemporary portraits; with this subject matter it would manage to create a powerful dialogue between artwork and audience and make the seal Inéditad remain in the history of the event that contained it.

Jean Carlos Puerto. Protección. Oil and copper leaf on wood. 60 x 48. 2021. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Since that first time and until today, the wandering gallery has managed to build projects on otherness, has repositioned in the spotlight the discourses on the LGTBIQ+ collective, has consolidated a group of artists who share its principles of resilience and empathy and the best thing is that it continues to bet from the professionalism and commitment to give voice to the difference.

Claudio Petit-Laurent.. El Joven de la Perla. Oil on wood. 30 x 30 cm. 2023. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Inéditad Gallery, thanks to its founder Luis López, its collaborators and the infinite possibilities manifested in the works of the artists it represents, is a gallery that has demonstrated its capacity and courage to stimulate the sensibility of the public through art and seduce a generation that moves between the glass window and the analogical story. Inéditad is a nomadic gallery that has gathered around it a community of artists and has moved the context with exhibition projects that think about LGTBIQ+ art without prejudices.

Pepa Salas Vilar. Las marcas del arcoiris. Oil on canvas. 40 x 50 cm. 2022. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Pride and Prejudice was inaugurated. An exhibition that brings together the works of sixteen artists: Abel Carrillo, Alex Domènech, Carlos Enfedaque, Silvia Flechoso, Jamalajama, Daniel Jaén, Claudio Petit-Laurent, Jean Carlos Puerto, Fernando Romero, Pablo Rodríguez, Pepa Salas Vilar, Jack Smith, Pablo Sola, Bran Sólo, Elia Tomás and Utürüo. Painting, illustration, photography and digital art are the manifestations that bring into dialogue around fifty neatly threaded pieces, in a discursive line that discusses such a latent phenomenon as discrimination. To achieve this, the artists invited to the exhibition question themselves whether: Does discrimination exist within the LGTBIQ+ collective?

Pride and Prejudice Official Poster. Image courtesy of the gallery.

With approaches on and from the body, the proposal invites to celebrate diversity, proposes to question and self-question the prejudices and attitudes of society against the collective. Pride and Prejudice is a space for dialogue about the constructs imposed on us by society. It is also an oasis in which to deconstruct with tolerance and respect the subjectivities that sometimes prevent us from approaching the production of the participating artists, simply because "the beautiful" does not fit in an androgynous body. The subjugation of stereotypes are pressed with determination to find the beauty of diversity in other palpable facets of reality.

Pablo Sola. All men are dogs. Photography. 2014. Image courtesy of the gallery.

Throughout these three years Inéditad has stimulated the vindictive projection towards bad practices, has questioned estates around the LGTBIQ+ body and the most admirable thing, is that these capacities have resurfaced around the dialogue and the visual narrative of the stories that are told from the visual: Artworks that are people, art that is, per se, humanity. Overcome impositions and accept what is different in order to continue fighting against homophobia, biphobia, lesbophobia or transphobia and defend the equal rights that all the acronyms of the collective deserve in our community.

That's Pride and Prejudice: One creature, the happiest in the world. And maybe other projects and other people have said it - or felt it - before, but none so fairly.

Silvia Flechoso. Hola, soy maricón. Oil on canvas. 73 x 54 cm. 2023. Image courtesy of the gallery.

From June 8th until June 22nd you can visit Pride and Prejudice. Carrer de Palau núm. 4. Canal Gallery space. Barcelona.