ANDRÉS PLANAS: POLITICALLY INCORRECT, WITH THE GALLERY MA
Feb 4, 2020
Andrés Planas participates for the first time in Art Madrid together with the Mallorcan gallery MA arte contemporáneo. Within the One Project program, curated by Fernando Gómez de la Cuesta and under the title "Salvajes", Andrés Planas will present part of his most recent work, which he has called: "Contracorriente".
"Contracorriente" brings together a selection of works that have formed part of different projects and series carried out by the artist in recent years. Andrés Planas (Palma de Mallorca, 1957), has a long career, participating since 1989, in numerous individual and group exhibitions.
The work of the Mallorcan artist is fundamentally focused on the search for the ironic side of things, playing with concepts such as death, sex, religion or education from a imposed perspective, where these elements are defined by norms of conduct of any society by the stablishment, and under religious or political ideologies that configure a false morality in individuals. And he does not do it, according to the artist _"in a political way, but rather, responding to a personal need, like an exorcism".
We see this fierce criticism in some of the works belonging to his series "Identity", from 2015 and "The Twelve Apostles", from 2019. In the pieces of the series "Identity" the artist develops a technique with which he inserts elements such as wood, plastics, pigments, gold leaf and human biological remains, creating then a work in where the found object is decontextualized, changed, disguised and swallowed up with other elements and plastic techniques through which he transmits a totally new and ironic concept. This way he builds a sarcastic message about the strong manipulation of the facto powers in societies.
Colour dominates his creations. Colour in capital letters; a klein blue that makes it its own and impregnates many of his works.
In the series "The Twelve Apostles", he presents a personalized iconography of the apostles, with that ironic tone that makes us believe it with absolute vehemence and at the same time we crack a smile. Planas gives us new stories about these characters that have already been historicized for centuries, making them reappear in a new ideology.
Andrés Planas is one of those artists who, despite going against established precepts and maintaining a vital stance often classified as "politically incorrect", has achieved creative independence both from a technical and a thematic point of view, and at the same time, has managed to remain coherent throughout his artistic career.
This project is also accompanied by some pieces from the series "La sonrisa de la calavera " together with an impressive artist's book and other works from the series "Wunderkammer " and "No sex".
MA is a contemporary art space in Palma de Mallorca that has a full programme of exhibitions (from six to eight every year) of all kinds of artistic manifestations endorsed by the critical eye and criteria of its director, Marisa Aldeguer, also an artist and art historian. Marisa Aldeguer welcomes in her gallery both young artists and creators with consolidated careers. The gallery owner also provides advice on starting a contemporary art collection, always adapting to the taste and budget of the client.
“In MA Arte Contemporáneo we are very interested in spreading the beauty in its multiple facets, in giving to understand that at present there are thousands valid proposals in contemporary art, for that reason MA goes for a truncated line, with ramifications. We are interested in art that moves and touches", the gallery owner points out.