Summa 2014 contemporary art fair in Matadero Madrid

The second edition of SUMMA contemporary art fair to be held from 18 to 21 October bet both internationalization and Spanish art. 75 galleries outside and within our borders will meet for four days in space MATADERO Madrid. The participating galleries will present works of young artists and a selection of works by established artists. 
 
SUMMA 2014 will feature a comprehensive program that integrates two curated programs in Nave 16, where also will be an architectural intervention by the architects Nieto & Sobejano; UP section for galleries with less than five years of experience and MadridFoto section dedicated exclusively to the photographic medium. 
 

Nelo Vinuesa. Relax. Galeria Espai Tactel.

 

Of the 75 exhibitors from SUMMA, 38 are Spanish: adhoc gallery (Vigo), Area72 (Valencia), Aural (Alicante), Minimum Space (Madrid), etHALL (Barcelona), Fernando Pradilla (Madrid), Freijo Gallery (Madrid), Astarte Gallery (Madrid), Galería Elba Benítez (Madrid), Javier Lopez Gallery (Madrid), Juana Aizpuru Gallery (Madrid), Galería Marta Cervera (Madrid), Oliva Arauna Gallery (Madrid), SENDA Gallery (Barcelona), Guillermina Caicoya (Oviedo), Javier Silva (Valladolid), Max Estrella (Madrid), My Name's Lolita Art (Madrid), POINT (Valencia), ADDAYA Centre of Contemporary Art (Alaro, Mallorca), angel Barcelona (Barcelona), ATM Contemporary- altamira gallery (Gijón), Endless House (Madrid), CHLOROPHYLL DIGITAL (Madrid), Espai Tactel (Valencia), F2 Gallery (Madrid), Adora Calvo Gallery (Salamanca), Galeria Joan Prats (Barcelona), Luis Adelantado Gallery (Valencia ), Odalys Gallery (Madrid-Venezuela), Rafael Ortiz Gallery (Sevilla), Gallery Yusto / Giner (Marbella), Gema Art Gallery Llamazares (Gijón), ICON / El País, ITGallery (Canarias), Paula Alonso (Madrid), Sicart (Penedes, Barcelona) and T20 (Murcia). 

 

Javier Vazquez. Galería Casa Cuadrada.

 

The international presence in SUMMA is wide; Portugal Carlos Carvalho Art galleries Contemporânea (Lisbon) involved, 
Galeria Filomena Soares (Lisbon), Module-diffuser Arts Centre (Lisbon), Kubikgallery (Oporto) and Graca Brandao gallery (Lisbon). Other European countries we will see in SUMMA are Galerie Dukan (Paris and Leipzig), Galerie Karima Celestin (Marseille, France), sobering (Paris), Galerie Esther Donatz (Munich, Germany), Galerie Wolkonsky (Munich, Germany) Dan Gunn (Berlin, Germany), Galerie Bianconi (Milan, Italy) and Bernard Chauveau Editeur / Le Neant Editeur (Paris, France). We also find in other continents fair galleries: Christopher Grimes Gallery (Santa Monica, USA), Document Art Gallery (Buenos Aires, Argentina), The Museum (Bogotá, Colombia), Finale Art File (Makati, Philippines), Square House Gallery (Bogotá, Colombia) and Enrique Guerrero Gallery (Mexico City). 
 
SUMMA has a Selection Committee composed by professionals of repute, along with the artistic directors of the fair have carried out the selection of the participating galleries in the General Program and the photography section MadridFoto. 
 

Alberto Salvan, Sutter Street and Crestline Road Fort Worth Texas.

 

The Trasversal Section of SUMMA, with two different routes, has been curated by Gloria Moure (independent curator and current associate editor at Editions Polígrafa) and Marina Fokidis (curator, art critic and founding director of the Kunsthalle Athena). The selection of the participating galleries in the UP section has been conducted by Carolina Grau (independent curator, graduate in art history and management of museums and galleries). The meetings, round tables and presentations on new production formats and other issues, will be led by the curator and critic Octavio Zaya (commissioner Spanish Pavilion Venice 2013). 
 
Juan Nieves, the artistic director of the show, has curated several exhibitions, and for four years was part of the team of Gloria Moure in the Galician Center for Contemporary Art and for six years he was responsible for exhibitions in the Espai d'Art Contemporary Castelló (EACC). As he has commented in an interview "SUMMA 2014 will be a success if the galleries sell, make new contacts, no crowd, interest from the media and if generated interesting discussions at the meetings". And we hope they reach it.
 
Alicia Paz. The super Ego the Id and their ladies in Waiting. Galerie Dukan.

 

One of the purposes of the “Art Madrid-Proyector’20” program was to offer the opportunity to get to know the work of some invited creators, and, through an interactive talk, allow the public to open a direct dialogue with them. For this reason, from February 12th to 14th, were organised three masterclasses at Medialab Prado with Patxi Araújo, Olga Diego and Lois Patiño, all authors who work with the moving image, but who approach their projects from a diametrically opposite perspective. With this agenda, we were able to discuss three essential lines of current video-creation: the fusion with technology and artificial intelligence, the shaping of performances for documentary purposes and video art with film overtones. We already had the opportunity to remember the session with Patxi Araújo and his site-specific work "Sherezade" created for the Medialab Prado façade. Today we will talk about the meeting we had with Olga Diego and Lois Patiño.

Olga diego, photo by Javier Adiego

Olga Diego’s masterclass has as title: “The flight as a creative matter”. Olga is a multidisciplinary artist who in recent years has focused her work on sculpture and performance or action art, which she later documents with photography and video. This last aspect is one of the most interesting for her when she reflects on how the transformation of the piece from an experiential format to a recorded one takes place, and how individuals have become used to consuming this class of less invasive final products, from a space of comfort that our private devices offer.

One of Olga's main lines of research is related to autonomous flight systems and the creation of artefacts capable of rising with little energy. Can one create a material lighter than air itself? This idea has led her to experiment with numerous scientific forms and concepts, as well as taking a historical journey through the beginnings of flight and the progress of humanity to invent devices capable of flying. It is not just about recovering the history of aviation, something that has a much more technological and commercial side, but to investigate the ideas, experiments and tests that analysed the behaviour of air, the dynamics of flows and the design of individual aerodynamic structures, a concern that the human being showed since the Renaissance, with Leonardo Da Vinci.

Olga Diego, photo by Mario Gutiérrez Cru

Olga recovers many of these concepts and applies them to her recent projects. In her latest proposals, she has also worked with inflatable figures, as an alternative to conducted flight, using plastic materials for its construction. Her last exhibition “The automatic garden”, which could be enjoyed at the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art and the Lonja del Pescado Exhibition Hall, also in Alicante, is a gigantic installation made up of almost a hundred inflatable-electronic sculptures inspired by the beautiful, extravagant and suggestive characters from the Garden of Earthly Delights, by El Bosco. This cloud of humanoid and zoomorphic figures, which move and beat thanks to the electronic mechanisms that keep them permanently inflated, also portrays the excesses of man, his lack of concern for the invasion of the environment, the overexposure to plastic and the exploitation of natural resources. A composition that focuses on "sin", as an indirect message that was also conveyed in the work of El Bosco.

Masterclass of Lois Patiño. Photo by Marta Suárez-Mansilla

For his part, Lois Patiño's career is intimately connected to film work. “Time and image” was the title of his masterclass. His video pieces, whether brief or feature-long films contain a concern closely linked to film language, but on a path that leaves conventional narratives aside. Among the main motifs that occupy his work, Lois opts for more contemplative aesthetics, where the expressive power of the image itself is prioritised, without seeking too many added effects in conventional cinema through sound effects, dialogues or other devices.





This is why Lois's work is so poetic and lyrical. His proposals incorporate technological innovations to cause very concrete effects in his works, but all of this helps to delve into the issues that concern this creator and that, since his beginnings, have been present in his work.

Lois Patiño, foto de Mario Gutiérrez Cru

Lois Patiño has always been interested in the relationship of the individual with the landscape and how it can modulate our way of behaving in society and determine our idiosyncrasy. To what extent are we dependent on our environment? How is culture defined by its connection to the landscape? These and other questions plague the author's work in which many contemplative images abound.

In addition, Lois presented us in scoop the trailer for his latest feature-long film "Lúa vermella" that a few days after the masterclass was officially presented at the Berlinale - International Film Festival in Berlin 2020.