LOCAL TALENTS, ART MADRID IS THE FAIR OF ALL

Madrid Art Week is an opportunity to show professionals, enthusiasts and collectors, the variety and quality of contemporary national creation. Art Madrid, in particular, is a meeting point for galleries throughout Spain that are especially committed to local talent.

In the Art Madrid'18 General Program you can find galleries of practically all the regions, from north to south of the Iberian Peninsula, galleries that fulfill two essential functions: to take to their respective cities the influences and the work of artists from other points of Spain and international, and to promote local artists outside their region, taking them to fairs around the world and showing their work to collectors and international public.

Jorge Barbi, “Nat 3”, fotografía.

The Montenegro Gallery (Vigo, Galicia), founded in 1987 and directed by Victor Rodeiro Montenegro, is specialized in Historical Vanguard and Modern International Art, and represents Spanish and foreign artists but it dedicates part of its program to Galician art. In Art Madrid'18 they participate with two Galician artists, Jorge Barbi and Manolo Paz.

Jorge Barbi studies Philosophy in Santiago de Compostela. His artistic activity can not be easily integrated into any of the trends that have characterized Spanish art in recent decades and he works in a conceptual line, adapting form and content to materials and ideas. His works can be displayed in different kinds of shapes, as an object, a digital photograph, an ink drawing, an installation or an intervention in public space. In spite of the technical diversity with which he elaborates his work, there are, however, elements that are constantly repeated in his works and that unify his long career, such as the passage of time, chance, humor or word games. His work, as plastic as poetic, can be considered a projection of his ideas about the relationship between nature, the cosmos and the human being.

Manolo Paz was slowly entering the world of sculpture, carving wood with his knife. His beginnings were developed by creating collages and various pieces of wood but today his work with stone stands out. The intimate dialogue he establishes with "the lifeless" surprises us in his fully emotional pieces. As says Paz himself, "you must have have faith in the stone", to let "speak for itself". "Give it a stroke, open it in channel, and that the mysteries arise, the energy that takes inside". Between stone and man an agonized relationship is established, a struggle, which is in itself an act of love.

Arturo Álvarez

Agora, 2016

Steel, binder and LED

150 x 40cm

From A Coruña it comes the gallery Luisa Pita, about whom we have already talked before in our piece about Women in Art Madrid, and it is also one of those meeting and promotion spaces committed to the artists of their region. Luisa Pita participates in the fair with the work of 2 Galicians: Arturo Álvarez and Christian Villamide, and the South African Pierre Louis Geldenhuys.

Arturo Álvarez is an artist and designer with great international projection thanks to his conceptual contributions to design lighting. Its pieces, installations and sculptures are designed to provoke emotions and have the human being as protagonist and the light as the guiding thread. Arturo Álvarez explores human relationships and communication between people through the play of light and shadow and the expressiveness of the pieces alone and together. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Spain, London, New York and Tokyo. He has received the "Good Desing Award" or the "Best of Year 2014" from the Interior Design magazine in New York.

Christian Villamide, conceptual and minimalist painter, communicates through various plastic languages, including expanded painting with materials such as wood, aluminum and the use of "light" as a provocative element of suggestive shadows highlighting the beauty of the contour and the poetics of our landscape. In his "paintings", almost uniform surfaces, in gray eroded and neutral tones in which, suddenly, there is a light gap, a nascent element, a new meaning, a dialogue between nature and the industrial landscape, reflecting the fracture that occurs between mankind and Earth.

Pierre Louis is a haute couture designer and textile artist trained academically in clothing, textiles, makeup, decoration, lighting, sound and production disciplines. The artist presents at the fair his light boxes intervened with wild silk, pieces that are part of his cocotological study (meaning coined by the artist) of geometric resolutions through different techniques of textile origami.

Iván Prieto

100 Roskilde roses, 2017

Enameled and acrylic ceramic

51 x 27cm

Moret Art, also from A Coruña, and also featured in our article on Women of Art in Art Madrid'18, participates with 4 Galicians: Xurxo Gómez-Chao, Lino Lago, Miguel Piñeiro and Iván Prieto, sculptor and illustrator whose work focuses on the imperfections and rarities of the human being in today's society, transforming them into surrealist characters. Prieto has exhibited individually since 1997 in institutions such as MAC, George Adams Gallery in New York, Bredgade-kunsthandel gallery in Copenhagen. He has also exhibited collectively at ARCO, Pulse Art Fair in Miami or Project Art Fair in Miami. His work is also found in public collections such as the Harvard Business School in Boston or the Flint Institute of Arts, United States.

On the other hand, the painter Miguel Piñeiro works from realism and creates a new concept of still life where objects are "materialized" by layers of pictorial work on surfaces as diverse as methacrylate or wood. Current cult objects replace the classic elements of the still lifes to create compositions in which originality and irony are the keys that bring us closer to this classic genre.

Kiko Miyares

S/T, 2017

Polychrome pine wood

200 x 40cm

Kiko Miyares

S/T, 2017

Polychrome pine wood

195 x 40cm

From the gallery Arancha Osoro, from Oviedo, participating in Art Madrid'18 with Nuria Formenti, Jezebel, Kiko Miyares, Luis Parades and Roberto Rodríguez, we highlight the work of the Asturian painter and sculptor (Llanes) Kiko Miyares. Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Public University of the Basque Country, he has accompanied his work with wood sculpture, playing between the automatic and the planned. The characters he represents at first become material to construct new elements using anamorphism, forcing us to focus our attention on the details and expression of the figures that he transmute.

Luis Parades (Parades, Asturias) show us his glass sculptures, "submerged dreams", enigmatic scenes in which the medium necessarily becomes part of the message. Roberto Rodríguez Redondo, from Aviles, is a young artist whose graphic, pictorial and sculptural work, is closely linked to pop and urban art, ull of elements related to design, illustration, fashion or music.

Gloria Torner

Bahía con limón y concha, 2014

Oil on canvas

73 x 50cm

From Noja, Cantabria, comes the Espiral Gallery, directed by Manuel Sáenz-Messía and Ana Laguna. Inaugurated in the western area of the Community of Cantabria in December 2006, Espiral was re-founded in 2013 in its new headquarters, Noja. Dedicated to national and international contemporary art, with innovative artistic proposals and languages, it covers all contemporary art trends, with the presence of artists from Cantabria and from diverse nationalities. Its artists for the fair are Nacho Angulo, Ana Sanchez, Eduardo Vega de Seoane and, one of our outstanding today, Gloria Torner, born in Burgos but grown in Santander, a city whose bay - its haze, its seagulls, its apparent stillness ... - she has dedicated a great part of her work, conected with avant garde figuration, between the expressionism and the naive, with a very personal plastic language. The poet José Hierro would say of her in 1975: "In the end, what happens is that Gloria Torner is a Fauve painter whose paintings have fallen mist, the colors have lost their savage condition to immerse themselves in the silver atmosphere, as anise and water, all their task is to turn reality into memory, into melancholy. "

The MH Art Gallery, in Bilbao, has the double objective of presenting a selection of internationally recognized artists in Bilbao and presenting emerging Basque artists in art spaces (galleries and fairs) from outside the Basque Country. For Art Madrid'18 they have chosen, however, an international and multidisciplinary proposal with the images and collages of Martín Carral, the ink drawings on Korean paper by Joo Eun Bae, the naturalist reflections on paper and writing by Khalid El Bekay and the fragility of the paintings and sculptures by Juanma Reyes.

Eloy Morales

Paint in my head 2, 2017

Oil on canvas

150 x 150cm

The Jorge Alcolea Gallery, in Madrid, was founded in 1989 as a continuation of the project that its director, Jorge Alcolea, had in Barcelona. Initially he specialized in the discovery and support of young artists, many of whom already have a consolidated career and are the center of the exhibition program of the gallery. The gallery continues today its commitment to emerging art. In Art Madrid'18 they participate with Tatiana Blanqué, Alejandra Caballero, Ceesepe, Mario Pávez, Isabel Ramoneda and Eloy Morales, whose talent, evident in his hyperrealistic self-portraits on a large scale in oil, is unquestionable. A challenge for the eyes. He is often the protagonist of his work, becoming the object and subject of painting, being paint himself: "I am interested in working with reality to express it in terms of painting. My engine is to fix a personal line, where reality and painting coexist in a natural way, always coming to the image through plastic resources, pictorial and non-photographic codes, above all, I think the important thing is to show through the work, your way of seeing things and in what way you show them viewer. On the other hand, also stimulates me the tremendous power of the image and its inexhaustible possibilities".

Eva Mauricio

Espejismo, 2017

Oil on canvas

120 x 80cm

Eva Mauricio

A flote I, 2017

Oil on board

20 x 20cm

About talent, from Murcia on this occasion, we can speak with Sofía Martínez Hernández, director of the Leucade gallery, a reference space in the heart of the city of Murcia where she promotes the work of, among others, Lucas Brox, Eva Mauricio and Raúl Romero, all Murcian and linked with the new pictorial figuration.

While Eva Mauricio reinterprets the symbology of water, its perpetual change, its mirror facet, its mass, as heavy as invisible, equating the liquid element with ephemeral emotions, memories ... Lucas Brox delves into portraits as if he did In a dark cave, groping, palpating the canvas, leaving traces, marking the canvas with electric colors as illuminating the scene. His language, each day more intense, breaks little by little the barriers between figuration and abstraction.

“Everything that reduces art to a subjective, subconscious and spiritual discourse is a total adulation that discredits the art world”

Lino Lago looking forward inspiration in daily life to create a painting with a great conceptual load. In his most recent series entitled Fake Abstract, which he will exhibit at Art Madrid with the Moret Art Gallery, he plays with the characteristic elements of abstract painting: line and colour, where under a painting of flat colours they are guessed, through lines, famous classic portraits.

 

His work has been exhibited in renowned national and international spaces such as the Flint Institute of Michigan and the outstanding George Adams Gallery in New York and has participated in important fairs such as Arco, Art Miami or Art Fair “SH Contemporary 09″ from Shanghai.

 

Moret Art brings your production back to the Fair. How do you feel your work fits in Art Madrid?

Works of art today reflect the individualism of their authors; works of art are mobile, they travel and fit anywhere. Needless to say that this individualism is a generalized feature. There is another more academic art which is institutionalized art, less free. Art in Institutions and Government museums is the only one that has reliable regulated guidelines when it comes to “fit” in such places. In this case I normally refer to propaganda art. Art Fairs are generally perfect places to find free art (if that were possible, or made sense to some extent, or if we understand art as a social phenomenon based on liberty.)

 

In your work we can perceive the questioning of the glance as an abstract concept. How do you think contemporary art is viewed today?

There is a social stream that views art with some criticism and skepticism. I think this is healthy and it has a foundation that we do not want to analyze in depth. If we compared it to some other areas we would understand why. For example, in sports we can clearly see a more normal “justice.” He who is objectively faster or stronger wins. Talent in the sports world is something evident and because of that sports are disdained by the world of art. I believe anyone can reach their own conclusions. By all means Art is (in theory) an intellectual phenomenon, which does not mean that art turns intelligent anyone who approaches it, just as anyone who touches a soccer ball is not a Maradona. As an intellectual phenomenon it is impossible for art not to have lots of misguided argumentations, false judgments, sophistry, and hot air.

Your work has been recognized internationally on many occasions… Do you believe that artistic recognition is a dynamic facet?

More than dynamic. The results an artist needs are the sequel of the relationship between the artist and his work and society. This is something that is not learnt in any university.

 

As an artist, what do you feel committed to?

With liberty. This word has almost been shunned from the paraphernalia of today’s art. I am very critical with official art which is nothing but academe. In my work I introduce 19th-century academe as an ironic way of pointing out this problem: I believe that postmodern education and philosophy have been, and still are, a hoax that has diminished the intellectual capability of the humanities.

 

Criticism through irony over a great technical mastery is your hallmark. Although you have a diverse production… do you feel a unity in your work as a whole? Is that generated consciously or is it a natural artistic trait?

In my case I am aware of it. Besides, it is the process of hard work. To speak of naturalness, and above all to speak of unconsciousness is an aberration. Whatever reduces art to a subjective subconscious or spiritual discourse is an all-out sham that discredits the world of art.

 

Do you believe that artistic originality is getting to be difficult to find? Is it there where the value of your work rests?

I believe so. Although the difficulty here is to decide what to be original means. In times where the cultural predominance is in the hands of the passing anecdote, the emptiness, and the all goes… perhaps originality might be something else, right?

 

The gallery Moret Art will present the recent art works of the artists: Daniel Sueiras, Xurxo Gómez-Chao, Miguel Piñeiro, Pilar Diez