AURORA VIGIL-ESCALERA, 35 YEARS IN THE WORLD OF ART

The Asturian gallery owner Aurora Vigil-Escalera is celebrating 35 years of professional career. Aurora came into contact with art when she was 17 years old, helping her mother in an apartment on Ezcurdia Street in Gijón. There, Aurora lived great artistics talks and saw an endless number of authors who today are part of the list of artists in her gallery. In 1984, Angelines Pérez, Aurora's mother, opened the Van Dyck Gallery with her father Alberto Vigil-Escalera.

In 2015, the Van Dyck gallery closed its doors and a new cycle began for Aurora, who opened the gallery that bears her name in Gijón that same year. Today, Aurora Vigil celebrates 5 years of the gallery with the firm conviction that vocation, dedication and enjoyment are the keys to success as a gallery owner. Following these parameters, Aurora Vigil presents in Art Madrid a careful selection of art works by eight multidisciplinary artists with different approaches and lines of discourse, all of them with established artistic careers.

David Morago

Cacatúa, 2016

Acrylic on wood

100 x 100cm

The artist David Morago(Madrid, 1975) will exhibit his well-known paintings with botanical and animalistic representations, images that are already part of the artist's particular universe and iconography. As if it were a Natural History cabinet, Morago provokes with his portraits of animals and plants, an effect on the viewer that takes him directly to the artist's cabinet of curiosities and wonders.

From the purest figurativism, we move to the dream universe of Rafa Macarrón (Madrid, 1981),an unconditional artist of the gallery with a personal style and a unique language, represents in his works brightly coloured figures with hydrocephalus and filiform limbs, as well as unusual and unique characters that claim all the prominence of the work.

The three-dimensional plane will be represented at the Aurora Vigil stand by the works of the artists Herminio (La Caridad, Asturias, 1945) and Pablo Armesto (Schaffhausen, Switzerland, 1979), the latter more focused on his work towards an experimental space where sculpture and painting coexist with the immaterial character of light and shadow, together with technology and science. Herminio, whose work has accompanied Aurora in all the editions of Art Madrid, captures in his light and ethereal sculptural pieces his most important concerns as an artist: balance, perpetual movement and electromagnetism.

Pablo Armesto

Eclipse menguante, 2019

DMF lacado y aluminio, fibra óptica y LED

120 x 120cm

Herminio

R26, 2017

Técnica mixta y campos magnéticos

52 x 30cm

Colour and matter in their purest expression are condensed in the works of Juan Genovés and Ismael Lagares. The Valencian artist Juan Genovés investigates with the static movement of painting, where the crowd becomes the reference to talk about the problem of painting and visual rhythm. On his part, Ismael Lagares with a colourful invoice and a vibrant and fast brushstroke, distorts reality playing with textures and volumes.

Gorka García (Cádiz,1982) is one of the youngest artists and with more projection of the gallery. In his paintings, uninhabited landscapes and ruin dominate, these two elements being the main germ of his compositions. The poetics of ruin and the deep analysis of composition and forms in his works define the artist's discourse.

Juan Genovés

Arpegio, 2019

Obra gráfica muy intervenida a mano por el artista. Ed de 10

74 x 60cm

In addition to Gorka García's uninhabited landscapes, the Asturian artist Dionisio González will be presenting for the first time at the Fair a selection of his "imagined architectures ", photographic montages where the artist inhabits his own abandoned urban landscapes, in ruins or devastated by natural disasters.

Dionisio González

Buraco Quente 2, 2019

Impresión digital en papel de algodón sobre dibond y enmarcado en madera lacada en blanco

125 x 260cm

Dionisio González

Dauphin X, 2019

Photography

180 x 300cm

We interviewed the "artist architect of desires " to tell us about the main ideas and concepts he puts forward in the pieces he will be exhibiting in Art Madrid, and how in his works he is able to manipulate reality to improve it:

The gallery Aurora Vigil-Escalera presents your work in Art Madrid for the first time, how do you think your artwork will fit in at the fair?

Aurora has been in the art world for 35 years. Her professionalism and the quality of her program are undeniable. Being a gallery on the outskirts of a sparsely populated city in Gijón, the ex-centrism makes her work even more complex. When these qualities, both human and professional, are present, it is easy to fit in the artistic work and I hope that this will be the case during the duration of Art Madrid, where we will present "Dauphin Island" and "Cartografías para a RemoÇao".

In your art works you reflect on concepts such as construction and destruction, ruin and habitability, what elements define your "dystopian" ruins?

"Dauphin Island" maneuvers over an island, in the state of Alabama, that has suffered numerous natural disasters and for which I have proposed architectural projects "bunkerized" that configure new habitable structures of resistance for those spaces previously devastated by hurricanes like "Katrina". The work on Brazil's favelas is related to the desire not only to intervene but to interfere in an extreme problem, either as a designer or as a social regulator. That is, to establish a social role in defense of these settlements by proposing not their eradication but their sanitation, which is nothing more than intervention based on the already existing "cartography". The favela shows us how urban architecture can be an issue that is resolved through a popular logic.

They talk about you as the "healer of cities artist", have they proposed you to bring some of your projects to life?

I have had many offers in this sense, because the constructive approaches, which appear in my visual work, have both a critical or theoretical approach and a urban and architectural planning behind. That is to say; they can be built or consolidated in the empire. But, I would only consider executing them if they are proposed for spaces that denounce and the ideology that has articulated them that, almost always, operate from the vulnerability or social problematic.

 

The seventeenth edition of Art Madrid, which was held in the Galería de Cristal of the Palacio de Cibeles from 23 to 27 February, closed its 17th edition with more than 16,000 visitors, a similar figure prior to the pandemic. The fair was attended by, among others: Andrea Levy, Delegate for Culture, Tourism, and Sport of Madrid City Council; Begoña Villacís, Deputy Mayoress of Madrid City Council; several Ambassadors; representatives of museums from all over Spain; and heads of important national and international collections.

Photo by Christian Monsalve from Too Many Flash

Alberto Cornejo, director of ART MADRID, says: "We are very satisfied with the results of this edition. After these years of uncertainty due to the pandemic, we are happy to see that the public and collectors continue to respond to the fair with the same enthusiasm as in previous years". And he adds: "It is interesting to note that sales at this edition have been very important, which means a remarkable dynamization of the Spanish art market". In this respect, it is worth noting that our VIP program of advice for collectors, directed by Ana Suárez Gisbert, has been a great success, providing a service to experienced collectors and generating new buyers.

Photo by Maria Astorga from Too Many Flash

The selection of 35 galleries at ART MADRID'22 was made up of: 3 Punts Galeria (Barcelona), Alba Cabrera Gallery (Valencia), Arena Martínez Projects (Madrid), Art Lounge Gallery (Lisbon), ARTITLEDcontemporary (Herpen), Aurora Vigil-Escalera (Gijón), Collage Habana (La Habana), DDR Art Gallery (Madrid), Dr. Robot Gallery (Valencia), FLECHA (Madrid), Galería BAT alberto cornejo (Madrid), Galería de la Bálgoma (Madrid), Galería Espiral (Noja), Galería Hispánica Contemporánea (Madrid-Mx DF), Galería Jorge Alcolea (Madrid), Galería Kreisler (Madrid), Galería La Aurora (Murcia), Galería Luisa Pita (Santiago de Compostela), Galeria São Mamede (Lisbon), Galerie Alex Serra (Köln), Galerie LJ (Paris), GÄRNA Art Gallery (Madrid), Helarea (Madrid), Inéditad (Barcelona), Jackie Shor Arte (São Paulo), Kur Art Gallery (San Sebastián), MA Arte Contemporáneo (Palma), Marita Segovia (Madrid), Moret Art (A Coruña), Nuno Sacramento (Ílhavo), Rodrigo Juarranz (Aranda de Duero), Shiras Galería (Valencia), Studija Mindiuzarte/Kaunas (Kaunas), Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo (Barcelona), Yiri Arts (Taipei).

Photo by Maria Astorga from Too Many Flash

The Fair consolidates the proposal "One Shot Collectors", an initiative that encompasses a collecting program directed by the advisor Ana Suárez Gisbert and the curatorial route ICONOSFERA, coordinated for the second consecutive year by the critic and independent curator Natalia Alonso Arduengo. Regarding this initiative, Gabriela Correa and Nuria Blanco, directors of the Kreisler (Madrid) and Moret Art (A Coruña) galleries respectively, both veterans of the fair, point out that the collectors' program is a very beneficial service that helps to boost sales during the fair and even in the days following the fair.

The Parisian gallery LJ Galerie, in its second year at the fair, makes a positive balance of its participation. Its director, Adeline Jeudy affirms that on the first day of the fair they already sold an important piece by Léo Caillard (the artist whose work was the image of the poster for this edition), and some works to new collectors. "The fair has a large number of visitors, an interesting public that is very open to buying works at a considerable price and by artists who are little known in Spain. We have also noticed the presence of an amateur public that is very interested in the work of the artists we present".

The Brazilian gallery Jackie Shor, participating for the first time in Art Madrid, also obtained good results in terms of sales. All the works presented at the stand by their youngest artist, Isabella Despujols, were sold. Most of the sales were made to local or foreign clients residing in Madrid. Moreover, its directors comment that "Art Madrid is a fair that attracts a diverse public profile, and that is very interesting".

Photo by Maria Astorga from Too Many Flash

DDR Art Gallery (Madrid), sold works by the four artists in its exhibition proposal. The gallery sold two large pieces by the Venezuelan artist Roger Sanguino, both of which will form part of two very important collections in Spain. The acquisition of two of the "avatars" by the artist Roberto López Martín, also by renowned collectors, and the great interest generated by the work "Los refugiados en las Meninas de Velázquez", by the photographer David Delgado Ruiz, also stand out.

Photo by Maria Astorga from Too Many Flash

This edition featured more than 190 national and international artists, including young artists such as the Russian Costa Gorelov (Dr.Robot Gallery) and the Portuguese Carolina Serrano (Alex Serra Galerie), and other mid-career artists such as Kepa Garraza (Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo) and Juana González (Arena Martínes Projects), both national artists.

ART MADRID has been sponsored by One Shot Hotels, Liquitex and Catawiki; and with the collaboration of the Proyector platform; 9915. Contemporary Art Collectors Association; and the photographic entrepreneurship school Too Many Flash.