ATC GALLERY FIRST TIME IN ART MADRID FEATURING ARTISTS NICOLÁS LAIZ AND ALONA HARPAZ

Artists Nicolás Laiz Placeres and Alona Harpaz are on show for the first time in Art Madrid, within the Galería ATC from Tenerife, presenting a collection where the wild is created through a space configured by the incursion of the human being in it.

Harpaz merges, over flat coloured backgrounds, expressionists figures and self-portraits mixed with wildlife and flora made with vibrant colours. Therefore, in her paintings, we can see a mixture between the beautiful and the terrifying. On the other hand, Laiz Paredes sculptures, have Nature and Human Being as elements in a disappearance process, mixed with objects which configure the reason of that destruction itself, creating iconic, almost monochromatic, three-dimensional shapes.

Alona Harpaz

I'm not here for your dream, 2019

Acrilico, spray y colores industriales sobre lienzo

140 x 150cm

Nicolás Laiz

Política Natural III, 2018

Resina, fibra de vidrio, aridos y pintura doble componente

80 x 30cm

Alona Harpaz (Tel Aviv, Israel, 1971) represents in her self-portraits botanic and animal patterns, applying a very personal and imaginative colour scheme, using a strong and vibrant brushstroke over, in many cases, merely decorative surfaces. In her work, colours exist by themselves, freely, but also as abstract well-mimicked elements or recognizable symbols. According to her, “perfectly beautiful paintings can also be dreadful”, and political commitment could be added to beauty and dreadfulness, as the critic Elke Buhruna points out. A sample of this could be seen in her work “Frequency Watchers”, which is a self-portrait of the artist riding a motorcycle, alluding to the 90s feminist movement in the United States, as Riot Grrrl and the Bikini Kill band, who combined feminism and pink lipstick. Therefore, her personality includes the political activism of her father (a Labour Zionist) and the artistic taste of her mother (a dancer).

Alona Harpaz

Frequency Watchers, 2018

Acrilico, spray y colores industriales sobre lienzo

80 x 100cm

Nicolás Laiz Placeres (Lanzarote, 1975), in his three-dimensional pieces, creates a confluence using objects of nature and industrial or genuinely pollutant materials, making a dichotomy between them. From this seemingly simple fusion, the artist is able to send a deeply elaborated message, with a critic tone, to a society that has led to overproduction and extreme and dangerous consumerism and, at the same time, using miscellaneous objects from the Isle’s “topic” iconography: shells, rocks and prickly pears blends with plastic bottles, totems and cranial shapes, creating iconic figures with advertising motifs of the extreme natural disaster situation that the Earth is facing. Finally, in a display of constant irony, his sculptures function as magical shapes that heal our status quo.

In the cage, the Alona Harpaz paintings howl next to the totems and fetish which his space partner Nicolás Laiz Placeres has made, mainly from different identity elements of Canary Islands.

Nicolás Laiz

Política Natural I, 2018

Resina, fibra de vidrio, aridos y pintura doble componente

80 x 30cm

Galería ATC located in the heart of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, participates for the first time in Art Madrid with an unreleased project, dedicated to these two artists which is forming part of the One Project program, coordinated by the art critic and independent curator Fernando Gómez de la Cuesta, under the theme “Salvajes: la cage aux fauves”.

Galería ATC was founded in 2017 by Elle Przybyla (USA) and Juan Matos Capote (Spain) as a part of the Agencia de Tránsitos Culturales - est. in 2014 -, a platform for multidisciplinar artistic investigation and the promotion of contemporary art. The gallery has an annual program featuring various exposicions of spanish and international artists, working with different media: painting, sculpture, video, photography, installations and sound art. In addition to these expositions, the Gallery arranges performances, conferences and other activities. From Canary Islands, Galería ATC grows dynamic relationships between the fringe and the cultural production centres. Their roots in Spain and USA and their imminent connection to Africa, allow them to operate as a cultural intersection space. Their program reflects the commitment to support artists with plenty of voices and in different moments of their careers.

Galería ATC will present, within the One Project project of Art Madrid, unseen art works by the artists Alona Harpaz and Nicolás Laiz Placeres.

 

One more year, the well-known and innovative brand of acrylic paintings Liquitex, joins the sponsors of Art Madrid to develop a series of dynamic and participative actions, this time together with the School of Plastic and Design Education Artediez.

Liquitex is one of the brands collaborating with the program "The Fine Art Collective", through which it establishes synergies with artistic organizations and institutions around the world to support emerging practice through workshops, projects, exhibitions, residencies and student grants. In this edition of Art Madrid, Liquitex will collaborate with Artediez to carry out an educational action, a masterclass to explore the different creative possibilities of acrylic painting, "intermixable" in its different formats and its range of additives (focus on inks, spray, marker and some additives).

The theoretical-practical workshop: "New acrylic formats, new creative possibilities", will take place on Tuesday 25th February from 17:00 to 19:00h in the Auditorium of the Artediez School and will be given by the Liquitex resident artist Miguel Torrús, using the brand's range of acrylics and additives.


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The Escuela de Artediez is a public centre in Madrid that has a great experience in the teaching of Plastic Arts and Design in all its variants (graphic, interior, industrial and fashion). The school contributes with its teaching method, to the development of a favourable environment for design and artistic activities.

Another action developed by Liquitex is the endowment of a prize in materials valued at 1,500 RRP to one of the participating artists of Art Madrid who uses acrylic painting as the main medium in his creations. The winner will be announced on the last day of the fair (Sunday 1st March) with a function (with a symbolic check), and will be decided between the organisation of Art Madrid and Liquitex.

The company Liquitex has been offering innovations in the field of acrylic painting since 1955. This year it celebrates its 65th birthday defending the same slogan as when it was born: **"create without borders". The creator of the first water-based acrylic paint currently offers a range of intense and vibrant acrylic paints in different formats (thick body, fluid body, inks, acrylic gouache, markers and sprays), acrylic mediums and various accessories. Liquitex products, having the same range of colours in the various formats, can be mixed allowing any artist to experiment with their colour palette without limits.