Art Madrid fair and Art Brut in Círculo de Bellas Artes Madrid

"I am convinced that art is here more lively and exciting than

the manifestations of bored official art

even if it is catalogued as avant-garde". Jean Dubuffet

It is understood as marginal artist the one who develops his creative work outside of art institutions and official channels, especially motivated by an intrinsic creative drive that leads him to experiment with unconventional materials and techniques and create unique and personal universes, a kind of own cosmologies. The outsider art, also known as Art Brut or Intuitive Art has been associated in turn with self-taught artists and people affected by mental disorders and marginal individuals but with sensitivity and artistic production.

 
Although there is no unanimity about the conception and limits of Marginal Art, during the twentieth century the interest in this movement has increased and with it, the very concept of "artistic work". The contemporary art fair Art Madrid has dedicated part of its program Parallel to this art "in the margins of art."
 
"IN / BE / OUT SIDE ART", curated by Un Ojo para el Arte, Asociación Debajo del Sombrero and the poet Asier Vázquez Baths, and with the collaboration of Galería Alegría (Madrid) showcases the work of foreign artists alla norma and artists whose works are perceived from the tangent, works for those that have some sort of visual or hearing disabilities and that enjoy art in a more intuitive way, seeing without seeing with a sixth sense. "IN / BE / OUT SIDE ART" thus makes questions about the limits of art and the nature of artistic activity.
 
Artists: Belen Sánchez / Miguel García / Rubén Cabanillas / Alicia Moneva / Gabriela Targhetta / Irantzu Lekue / Yolanda Marco / Philipp Meyer
 
 
"Most people mistakenly believe that art is primarily a matter of visual assessment. IN / BE / OUT SIDE ART aims to stimulate and evaluate other sensitive possibilities present in art. Having accepted that our eyes are accustomed to look without seeing, will be aware of other views, "poses Azucena Hernandez of Un Ojo para el Arte, co-curator of the exhibition.
 
The artist Gabriela Targhetta with his piece 'Pictures to remember' poses a "showdown with the antivisual reality that brings us, in a way, to the sinister side. Accustomed to saturation, excess, overflow, loss of picture puzzles us. We associate the memory of a particular photographic surface that eventually ends in an overlapping with our own perception of the experience. What happens when we are denied the image? [...] We are situated in a fragile and unknown space, maybe invite us to rethink the visual behaviors that govern our daily lives. "
Alicia Moneva, that has made with Nacho Angulo the work 'Perception' "talks about the things that can be learned looking through other senses."
 
"IN / BE / OUT SIDE ART" also has the honor of having the first comic created for the blind, LIFE, by Phillipp Meyer, an expert in Interactive Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam (Germany). LIFE is "an experiment showing that it is possible to bring the graphic novel to a blind audience using paper as a medium, it is possible to tell a story without ink, text or sound-that becomes real through the imagination," explains Meyer . LIFE, as the name suggests, is a story about love, life and death through the simplest possible figure, a simple materic circle.

 

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.