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.

 

 

 

Thirteen years have passed since its beginnings, and in all this time the Video Art Festival PROYECTOR has grown and consolidated its position as an essential event in this discipline. Since its inception, the initiative has tried to give visibility to a discipline that has always been relegated to the background in the usual exhibition circuits. Although video creation is not new, since it emerged by its own in the 60s of last century, the way to get to know it and enjoy it has not always been easy. On many occasions, the exhibitions only included a few isolated pieces within the main route, as if the video was the anecdotal contribution to the whole. However, our daily lives are invaded by moving images, and there is a paradox that video art, despite being a format of artistic expression very much in tune with the habits of today's society, remains a minority discipline

Frame from “Hel City”, by Gregorio Méndez Sáez, 2019

To some extent, PROYECTOR was born to reverse this situation, to value video as a creative format and to offer a wide, itinerant space to host a multitude of proposals, coming from inside and outside our borders. In this time, the growth of the festival has led it to travel the world, but also, to be a benchmark that each year arouses more interest. In the open call to receive proposals, they reach almost half a thousand, and a hundred works selected by the jury are a representative sample of different ways of understanding video creation, with pieces mainly from Europe, Latin America, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

In turn, PROYECTOR wants to be more than a video showcase and offers a large program with talks, workshops, masterclasses, meetings with artists, visits and concerts. A complete experience that always has the moving image as a backdrop.

El Instante Francisco Ruiz de Infante. El bosque que se mueve (errores de medida)

In this evolution, another circumstance stands out: video is a creative format that has its own codes, but it is also one of the disciplines most open to artistic hybridization and the widening of uses. The video may, therefore, be the genuine idea of an author who conceives an autonomous project to be carried out in this format, but it can also be the complementary result of an action or the documentary record of a previous performance being recorded to guarantee its survival. The versatility of the moving image and the potential that it has acquired in recent years allows us today to speak of numerous branches of art that focus on the fusion of languages and the integration of techniques and methodologies from other sectors, and in many of them, the video is still a cornerstone. So it is with technological art, interactive sound art, performance recording, the transformation from big data to image, artificial intelligence, and a long etcetera. Precisely for this reason, PROYECTOR offers a panoramic vision of this reality, with an extremely interesting program that plays with the variety and wealth of proposals.

Frame from “Herdança”, by Thiago Rocha Pitta, 2007

The 2020 edition will run from September 9th to 20th. As usual, the program displays in various venues throughout the city of Madrid, each of which will house a small section of the activities. This year the festival will count with the collaboration of the Casa Árabe, White Lab, Cruce, El Instante Fundación, ¡ésta es una PLAZA!, Extensión AVAM (Matadero Madrid), Institut Français de Madrid, Medialab Prado, Quinta del Sordo, Sala Alcalá 31, Sala El Águila, Secuencia de Inútiles and White Lab, in addition to the collaboration of the INELCOM Collection and the video art collection of Teresa Sapey.

The festival is also the ideal place to articulate the cultural fabric, since it involves numerous professionals in the sector, from curators to creators, from centres managers to critics and teachers. The 2020 program also has the collaboration of the FUSO Festival and the Museo Reina Sofía, which are providing some of their pieces for the exhibition.

In short, an appointment that lovers of contemporary art should not miss and that promises many novelties in this 13th edition.