Art Madrid'24 – BAT Alberto Cornejo Gallery in Art Madrid\'15

Vista de Madrid. Leticia Felgueroso.

 

The gallery Bat Alberto Cornejo is a space of more than 25 years of professional experience in Contemporary Art sector. With a clear bet for the quality of works and the selection of artists, this gallery counts on a magnific space in which all disciplines pieces are hosted, from sculpture to photography, drawing, painting and print art. Bat is specially focused on the national and international promotion, edition and exhibition of contemporary artists, and with this aim it has attended numerous art fairs in and out of our frontiers, like ARCO, Art'Basel, Art Chicago, Estampa, Saga, Arte Lisboa, Arte Santander and Art Madrid.

 
 

House XVI. Rubén Martín de Lucas.

 

In the gallerism profession, Bat has always shown a special sense to seeking for new creators, with emergent artists with a promising trajectory. In this searching process it is essential to enter into a nearness relationship with the artists and their work, as the own Alberto explains: "Heart is moved first, you have literally to fall in love with the works of an artist. With years passing, the gallerist develops a special instinct that gives us clues. Without doubt, it is necessary to combine heart with intellect and bet always for the work executed with sensibility, intelligence, quality and plastic rigour”.

 
 

House XVII. Rubén Martín de Lucas.

 

Bat's proposal for Art Madrid'15 comes full of established classics and new discoveries: Carmen Pastrana, Pepe Puntas, Gustavo Díaz Sosa, Pablo Lambertos, Leticia Felgueroso, Carlos Alberts, Rubén Martín de Lucas, Diego Canogar, José Ramón Lozano and Xurxo Gómez-Chao.

 

The work of Rubén Martín de Lucas must be stood out. The professional trajectory of this artists from Madrid has suffered a surprising change when after having started his engineering studies he decided to quit everything so he could completely dedicate to art. This creative immersion, started in 2002, led him to become a prolific artist ant to combine his individual production with the active collaboration in artists collectives. Among them, we must highlight Boa Mistura, creators group characterized by their performances in urban media and their studied and sensationalist plays of perspectives, of big dimensions and spectacular visual impact.¨Ruben brings to Art Madrid a series of oneiric landscapes pieces, with a clear real referent, but burdened of an colourist weight that provides them a surrealistic and important value.

 
 

De la serie Burócratas y Padrinos. Gustavo Díaz Sosa.

 

Another young artist is Gustavo Díaz Sosa, born in Sagua la Grande, Cuba. He started a career as teacher in the own National Academy of Fine Arts “San Alejandro”, where he had studied, before he decided to project his professional career in Spain. He arrives to our country in 2004 after having being awarded with the Arteleku scholarship for an artistic stay in San Sebastián, and four years later he decided to settle in the capital. The work of this creator has the characteristic of being at mid-way between the sketch and a finished piece. The lightness of his lines passes on quickness and freshness, and it achieves to transmit the inner sensation of the creative process, like if the author had been interrupted in this exact moment. Among the subjects chosen for his creations, Gustavo does not avoid his critical will of social surroundings in which he lives and, in many times, the matters make reference to the main issues of mankind and its relationship with power and money.

 

 

 

Francesca Poza. Courtesy of the artist.

ARTE & PALABRA. CONVERSATIONS WITH CARLOS DEL AMOR

Thread is one of the most seemingly fragile materials in existence, yet a combination of threads can be indestructible. It is the triumph of fragility over brute force.

Among its many virtues, thread has its meaning, both real and imagined. It is a word that oozes poetry and makes us think of following a trail, sometimes infinite. Francesca Poza (Mataró, 1965) adds the written word to the many virtues of thread, giving her works a firmness that is always delicate but almost impossible to break. She weaves between letters and memory, pieces that seek to establish what has been lived, to leave a trace in a world that is increasingly ephemeral, more fleeting, more liquid, more elusive. In his work, poetry, literature and time intertwine in a harmonious way, resulting in creations of beautiful originality that are as subtle as they are powerful.

Perhaps Francesca has managed to give an answer to what Carmen Laforet wondered in "Nada", when she said: Who can understand the thousand threads that unite the souls of men and the reach of their words?

The poet reborn. Fabric made with book paper. 2023.

If you had to define yourself as an artist, in one sentence, how would you define yourself?

I could define myself as a multidisciplinary artist who poetizes matter.

The thread even predates the advent of writing, perhaps it's not exact, but I like to think that it began to "write" by spinning... Then came the written word, and in this encounter full of history and ancestors is your work. Spun words, sounds good, doesn't it?

Spun words sound good, the subtlety of the thread that organizes time, the connection, the continuity, the rhythm of literature without reading, because it is a very recurrent phrase in my work, that as the weft is made and unmade, the work and the poetry reappear.

As if they were chains. Fabric made with book paper. 2023.

Why does everyone say that you are unclassifiable? Don't you think we live for labels? It's nice to be difficult to classify. Do you feel like a "freak"?

No, I don't feel like a freak. I like the fact that I am unclassifiable. It's difficult to define me as a sculptor, an engraver, or a weaver. I try to make poetry with the material I have, to make the fragile speak to us, to transport us; the paper as matter and the thread as symbol, to penetrate us.

When one stops in front of your work one has two sensations, well three, one of tranquility, the other two are paradoxical because the first impression is one of fragility, however, after a while you realize that these "threads" are strong because they are united and have made common cause. It's a bit like so many things in life, isn't it?

Yes, that's really what I'm looking for, to express peace and tranquility above all. We are going through very difficult times and I like to express the good that people have inside us.

Testament of Oscar Wilde. Fabric made with book paper. 2023.

Memory is an intimate territory that sometimes betrays us, and forgetting is its main enemy. Is your work against forgetting?

Yes, the art of remembering and forgetting is a recurring theme in my work, because I had and still have the idea that we have to be something, that something has to remain in our memory. So I try to create a poetics that is embodied in different aspects of creativity. You could say that this essence of a series of needs, of leaving a permanent record, is because we don't want to be forgotten, and this is a way I have of expressing myself.

Your work is very poetic... What do you think is impossible to poeticise?

There is nothing impossible, nothing that cannot be poeticised. And yes, my work is poetic, why weave, what for? Poetry and weaving travel in the imagination and come together. Visual art, manual art, in short: poetry.

Music of broken windows.Hahnemühle paper 300gr. 2023.

The thread leaves a trace, the words leave a trace... Your work leaves a trace. Where do you want it to go?

Words leave traces and I want my work to leave traces: the feelings and sensations of the viewer. That the work of art is not just for decoration, but something that when you wake up in the morning, you look at it and you feel different again, that it leaves you with something to feel.

Where do you think your work is going?

My work itself, I don't know where it's going, it leads the way, it guides me day after day. I would like to be able to continue weaving poems that travel in the imagination, to enter and leave through the multiple paths that the material and the feelings take me.