One Project program of Art Madrid\'15

De la serie Crashroom. Rocío Verdejo.

 

ONE PROJECT program maintains its commitment of promoting individual projects of  leading creators and with a particular language. With 'solo-show' format and under the direction of a curator, ONE PROJECT has its own program and space. In addition, curating allows us to give a more intimate and more personal perspective, focusing in special and specific realities with the signing, in this case, of the prolific and elegant independent curator Carlos Delgado Mayordomo.

Máquinas Voladoras. Eduardo Alonso.
 
 
One Project is a specific area within the fair Art Madrid which includes the work of eight artists, young and mid-career, with strong presence in both formal and conceptual Spanish exhibition scene and whose works move within a very strong reflection about the process of building the plastic image.
 
The artists selected for ONE PROJECT in Art Madrid'15 are:
 
Santiago Talavera, with Moproo Gallery (Shanghai, China).
 
Eduardo Alonso, with the gallery Coll Blanc Espai d'Art (Culla, Castellón).
 
Robert Ferrer i Martorell, with Pep Llabrés Gallery (Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca).
 
Carlos Cartaxo, with BAT Gallery (Madrid)
 
Miguel Ángel Moreno Carretero, with La Fábrica Gallery (Madrid).
 
Hugo Bruce, with the gallery Espacio Valverde (Madrid).
 
Alejandra Sampedro, with About Art Gallery (Pontevedra).
 
Rocio Verdejo, with Art Deal Project (Barcelona).
Into the Light. Hugo Bruce.
 
The set is organized under a reflection that does not seek a unique narrative, but which sits under the open and flexible definition of the term "artifact".
 
In this sense, all artists have developed clearly built devices, result of a reasoned production process that does not hide its artificiality and its measurement accuracy. Plastic buildings whose poetry is their utility when critically analyze issues such as body, violence, landscape, death, nature, technology or art history dimension.
 
Panofobia. Alejandra Sampedro.
 
 
Questioning the senses received for listening to their shortcomings and propose alternative routes that travel is the way these projects which, taken together, reveal something hybrid, multifaceted and polyphonic.
 
One Project means, ultimately, the possibility of an observatory from which to contemplate some salient features of the uncertain, troubled, vulnerable and exciting situation of artistic creation that is currently being developed in Spain.

 

“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