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.

 
 

 

If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Master Cheese Tuner, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.