Hispánica Contemporánea gallery in Art Madrid\'15

Fotografía de Jessica Lange.

 

The Hispánica Gallery, founded in Madrid, has opened its new space in Mexico in 2012, under the name of Gallery Hispánica Contemporánea. Both locals offer pieces of all the disciplines: photography, original print work, painting, sculpture, installation... "Contemporánea" space was born with aim of promoting Spanish artists in Latin America, and at the same time, helping to diffusion of Latin American artists in Spain. On the other hand, one of the strongest points of the Mexican local is its unconditional bet for artists books' edition. Thus, a section of artists bibliophily has been placed to exhibit copies, some of them have original engravings of artists, besides facsimile works and some antique books.

Obra de Hugo Fontela.

 

The gallery of Colonia Roma Norte, in México DF, has also the particularity of sharing its building with an artist studio: Xavier Marcaró, who works in the second and third floors, while the gallery occupies the first one.

 

True to its spirit, Hispánica Contemporánea brings to Art Madrid'15 pieces from both sides of the Atlantic: Manolo Valdés, Hugo Fontela, Jessica Lange, Mel Bochner and Xavier Mascaró.

 
 

Fotografía de Jessica Lange.

 

An important novelty in its proposal for 2015 is the work of Jessica Lange, that visits Art Madrid for the first time. This artist from Minnesota, mainly known by her trajectory as actress, has been, nevertheless, an eternal passionate of photography, whose production has alternated all her life with her cinematographic profession. In the last years, Jessica has dedicated herself to photography and has started to explore this creative faction that till the moment had almost been an unknown aspect of her personality. The subjects of her pieces are above all urban and countryside landscapes from the countries she goes across, with special attention to Mexico, connection point with the gallery.

 

Obra de Mel Bochner.

 

Another artist come from the other side of the atlantic coast is Mel Bochner. This artist born in Pittsburgh, moved soon to New York, where he lives and works. Recognized since he was very young, he is now considered an established artist whose presence can not be missed in the greatest international fairs like ArtBasel, Arco or Art Basel Miami. However, he had hardly had presence in Mexico, lack that Gallery Hispanica has tried to cover since its opening. This creator started his career in the 60's decade as an authentic pioneer of conceptual art that was all the rage in U.S.A. at that moment. Since 2000, his creative trajectory has turned more to pop art.

 
 

 

One of the purposes of the “Art Madrid-Proyector’20” program was to offer the opportunity to get to know the work of some invited creators, and, through an interactive talk, allow the public to open a direct dialogue with them. For this reason, from February 12th to 14th, were organised three masterclasses at Medialab Prado with Patxi Araújo, Olga Diego and Lois Patiño, all authors who work with the moving image, but who approach their projects from a diametrically opposite perspective. With this agenda, we were able to discuss three essential lines of current video-creation: the fusion with technology and artificial intelligence, the shaping of performances for documentary purposes and video art with film overtones. We already had the opportunity to remember the session with Patxi Araújo and his site-specific work "Sherezade" created for the Medialab Prado façade. Today we will talk about the meeting we had with Olga Diego and Lois Patiño.

Olga diego, photo by Javier Adiego

Olga Diego’s masterclass has as title: “The flight as a creative matter”. Olga is a multidisciplinary artist who in recent years has focused her work on sculpture and performance or action art, which she later documents with photography and video. This last aspect is one of the most interesting for her when she reflects on how the transformation of the piece from an experiential format to a recorded one takes place, and how individuals have become used to consuming this class of less invasive final products, from a space of comfort that our private devices offer.

One of Olga's main lines of research is related to autonomous flight systems and the creation of artefacts capable of rising with little energy. Can one create a material lighter than air itself? This idea has led her to experiment with numerous scientific forms and concepts, as well as taking a historical journey through the beginnings of flight and the progress of humanity to invent devices capable of flying. It is not just about recovering the history of aviation, something that has a much more technological and commercial side, but to investigate the ideas, experiments and tests that analysed the behaviour of air, the dynamics of flows and the design of individual aerodynamic structures, a concern that the human being showed since the Renaissance, with Leonardo Da Vinci.

Olga Diego, photo by Mario Gutiérrez Cru

Olga recovers many of these concepts and applies them to her recent projects. In her latest proposals, she has also worked with inflatable figures, as an alternative to conducted flight, using plastic materials for its construction. Her last exhibition “The automatic garden”, which could be enjoyed at the Alicante Museum of Contemporary Art and the Lonja del Pescado Exhibition Hall, also in Alicante, is a gigantic installation made up of almost a hundred inflatable-electronic sculptures inspired by the beautiful, extravagant and suggestive characters from the Garden of Earthly Delights, by El Bosco. This cloud of humanoid and zoomorphic figures, which move and beat thanks to the electronic mechanisms that keep them permanently inflated, also portrays the excesses of man, his lack of concern for the invasion of the environment, the overexposure to plastic and the exploitation of natural resources. A composition that focuses on "sin", as an indirect message that was also conveyed in the work of El Bosco.

Masterclass of Lois Patiño. Photo by Marta Suárez-Mansilla

For his part, Lois Patiño's career is intimately connected to film work. “Time and image” was the title of his masterclass. His video pieces, whether brief or feature-long films contain a concern closely linked to film language, but on a path that leaves conventional narratives aside. Among the main motifs that occupy his work, Lois opts for more contemplative aesthetics, where the expressive power of the image itself is prioritised, without seeking too many added effects in conventional cinema through sound effects, dialogues or other devices.





This is why Lois's work is so poetic and lyrical. His proposals incorporate technological innovations to cause very concrete effects in his works, but all of this helps to delve into the issues that concern this creator and that, since his beginnings, have been present in his work.

Lois Patiño, foto de Mario Gutiérrez Cru

Lois Patiño has always been interested in the relationship of the individual with the landscape and how it can modulate our way of behaving in society and determine our idiosyncrasy. To what extent are we dependent on our environment? How is culture defined by its connection to the landscape? These and other questions plague the author's work in which many contemplative images abound.

In addition, Lois presented us in scoop the trailer for his latest feature-long film "Lúa vermella" that a few days after the masterclass was officially presented at the Berlinale - International Film Festival in Berlin 2020.