LUISA CATUCCI PARTICIPATES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ART MADRID WITH A MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROPOSAL

The German gallery Luisa Catucci is participating for the first time in Art Madrid with a multidisciplinary proposal that combines the installation and performance narrative of the sculptor Lidó Rico, the ethereal photographic compositions of Aqua Aura project and the stratified paintings of the artist David Hochbaum.

Based in Berlin, Luisa Catucci Gallery has an exhibition program focused mainly on ecological, social and existential issues, all expressed in different artistic media (painting, sculpture, photography, video art and installation). Many of the artists represented by the gallery have participated in important biennials and international exhibitions such as Documenta, Manifesta or the Venice Biennale. Luisa Catucci is not a conventional art gallery, its space is situated as one of the main elements of the cultural agitation of the area.

In its premiere in Art Madrid within the general program of the Fair, Luisa Catucci Gallery, will exhibit an artistic proposal where invites the viewer to reflect on the great power of art and to discover intrinsic feelings that are out of the ordinary.

Lidó Rico

Saturno, 2019

Resina de poliéster sobre cristal

80 x 80cm

Lidó Rico

SY, 2019

Resina de poliéster y metal sobre cristal

80 x 80cm

Lidó Rico (Yecla, Murcia, 1968), uses matter as a language, as a means of reflection. The artist himself takes self-portraits in his sculptural installations, his body (arms and torso) and mainly his face being the mould of his creations and one more element within the work. In this way, Rico develops concepts in relation to the body, space and the natures that arise between them. The human subject is the center of his sculptures, far away from individualism, their faces wear masks or maintain extreme stereotyped gestures.

The artist in his creative process generates a game between the performative and the sculptural, using his own anatomy, immersing his body in different materials to get the mold of his pieces; molds that are emptied and filled with polyester resin. From the beginning, Lidó Rico considers it necessary for the contemporary human being to rebel and for this reason he shows in his works that he is totally torn by an anguish, which needs to manifest itself in the form of an intimate groan.

Aqua Aura

Museum Highlights The Great White Hall, 2019

Impresión

153 x 96cm

The Aura Aqua project was born in Milan in 2009. Based on her studies in astrophysics, particle physics, biogenetics, philosophy and psychology of perception, Aura Aqua uses photography and digital art as means to express her own language. The search for the sublime in our time is one of the main conceptual interests of Aura Aqua's works. For this, the artist needs the direct intervention of the spectator, disconcerting him spatially, that is why she executes her photographs by situating elements apparently taken from nature in scenarios such as scientific and astrophysical research laboratories, art museums, exhibition spaces where they are not commonly located.

”Aqua Aura is a kind of synthetic stone. Originally, it's a quartz. Quartz crystals are placed in a vacuum chamber and heated to 871°C. Gold vapour is then added to the chamber so that it fuses with the surface of the crystal, giving the crystals an iridescent metallic shine and a bright blue colour. The proximity to the gold makes it luminous and iridescent but at the same time more fragile than its initial condition. That is all. I am one of those stones. Time and a slow process have sat on me."

David Hochbaum

A Brief History Of Man, 2019

Mixed media on wood

56 x 41cm

David Hochbaum (New York, United States, 1972), dedicates his artistic career to two concepts: community and collectivity. The American artist works actively with collaborative collectives and artists of all genres and backgrounds. In addition, Hochbaum organizes art criticism salons, free workshops for artists and helps little-known artists to promote their work.

His artistic discourse focuses on the search for philosophical and psychological elements through experimentation with various expressive media such as photography, painting, sculpture, film and even woodworking techniques. In his studio, Hochbaum calcines, distills, ferments and sublimates the main issues in his work. He is interested in themes related to Greek mythology, his collages of cities and towers reflect the places in which the artist lived and to which he has travelled. The cities in his work are at the same time portraits and landscapes, the human figures become cities and the cities become portraits of those figures.

 

The cultural agenda gradually recovers after the health-crisis halt and art lovers are eager to enjoy the rich cultural offer that the different spaces and museums throughout our geography have to offer. In addition, one must remember that these centres have made an enormous effort to adapt to the demands that the new situation imposes and have created abundant online-accessible content to overcome confinement. We bring you a selection of content that can be visited both in person and through the web. There is no excuse for not enjoying contemporary art again.

Olafur Eliasson, “En la vida real (In real life)”, 2019

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao continues with its exhibition dedicated to Olafur Eliasson and offers numerous resources to understand not only the exhibition but also the work of the centre in the assembly and installation process. The website allows us to expand content with interviews with the artist, the download of the audio guide and the vision of the curator Lucía Aguirre, who offers us different video-pills on the pieces in the exhibition.

"Olafur Eliasson: in real life" brings together a part of this artist's work since 1990 through sculptures, photographs, paintings and installations that play with reflections and colours. Likewise, the integration of elements such as moss, water, ice, fog... put the visitor in a situation that confuses the senses and tries to challenge the way we perceive our environment and move in it.

Regina de Miguel, “Isla Decepción”, 2017

The Botín Centre in Santander hosts the exhibition "Collecting processes: 25 years of Itineraries" which brings together the work of 25 of the 210 scholarship recipients who, to date, have enjoyed the Botín Foundation Plastic Arts Scholarship, started in 1993. With the works Lara Almárcegui, Basma Alsharif, Leonor Antunes, Javier Arce, Erick Beltrán, David Bestué, Bleda and Rosa, Nuno Cera, Patricia Dauder, Patricia Esquivias, Karlos Gil, Carlos Irijalba, Adrià Julià, Juan López, Rogelio López Cuenca, Renata Lucas, Mateo Maté, Jorge Méndez Blake, Regina de Miguel, Leticia Ramos, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Teresa Solar Abboud, Leonor Serrano Rivas, Jorge Yeregui, David Zink-Yi, the exhibition is a good example of up-to-date and young contemporary art contributed by artists with very diverse profiles.

Clemente Bernad. Series “Ante el umbral”, Madrid, 2020

The Reina Sofía Museum wanted to create a visual chronicle of what the confinement and the tragic numbers of infected and deceased have meant for the lives of many of us: a tale of pain, nostalgia and uncertainty made by the photographer Clemente Bernad. This exhibition, curated by Jorge Moreno Andrés, is entitled “Before the threshold”, a title that expresses the strange sensation that occurs when faced with something new and unknown, something that we cannot control or avoid, and that we all must go through. The alteration imposed on our lives unexpectedly is reflected in the streets, transformed into places of solitude and abandonment where life has been paralysed.

Mario Merz / No title, Triplo Igloo, 1984 MAXXI Collection

At the IVAM, the exhibition "What is our home?" brings together works from the IVAM collection and the MAXXI centre in Rome to propose a reflection on the space we inhabit seen from a personal and social perspective. It is about investigating the value that these spaces have as a home or refuge, as well as part of a city or community.

The exhibition, curated by José Miguel G. Cortés, also wants to delve into the feeling of those who feel like foreigners anywhere, because they do not identify with the habits or customs of the society, they do not fit into these social patterns, and home becomes the only shelter space that can adapt to their identity needs.

Martha Rosler, frame from “Backyard Economy I-II”, 1974 © Courtesy of Martha Rosler, 2020

Es Baluard Museu is committed to video creation and performance and hosts the monographic exhibition “Martha Rosler. How do we get there from here?” dedicated to this New York artist who pioneered the use of video as a mechanism for social and political analysis. This exhibition includes various works, from video to photography and several publications, which synthesise her main lines of discourse. Her concern for public policies and the social equality of women has led her to actively participate in numerous social movements in La Havana, New York, Mexico DC or Barcelona, and these experiences are present in one way or another in her work.

With the curatorship of Inma Prieto, a selection has been made within the abundant production of this artist, which presents one of the most coherent careers in towards-the-new-Millenium contemporary art.

Image from file, via meiac.es/turbulence/archive/acceso.html

The MEIAC - Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, host the works of the prestigious international digital art archive "Turbulence", a platform dedicated to network and hybrid art. In view of the inevitable closure of this institution, the MEIAC has offered to host all this valuable content collected since 1996. The uploading of the file also served as an opportunity to restore numerous pieces and convert formats so that files that had become obsolete remain readable by new systems. A huge job of conservation and updating that can be enjoyed online today. The archive is made up of hundreds of digital works from around the world that can now be visited remotely.