RODRIGO JUARRANZ: A COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION AND CONTEMPORARY PRESENT

Rodrigo Juarranz, founded in Aranda de Duero in 2006 under the slogan "Art within everyone's reach", has focused its exhibition activity on supporting the most recent art, promoting exhibition projects by artists with innovative trends belonging to both the national and international sphere. Juarranz is committed to both established and emerging artists, as long as their work pursues innovation within contemporary art, both from a thematic and technical point of view.

In this edition of Art Madrid, the gallery presents the work of six contemporary artists who stand out for their multi-disciplinary nature. Amélie Ducommun, Beatriz Díaz Ceballos, Diego Benéitez, Jaime Sicilia, Jorge Marín and Marcos Tamargo, are the artists who will be exhibiting at Rodrigo Juarranz's booth.

Marcos Tamargo

De la tierra al cielo, 2019

Oil on board

180 x 180cm

Marcos Tamargo (Gijón, Asturias, 1982), the flagship artist of Rodrigo Juarranz Gallery, develops his artistic activity between the United States and Europe. A great connoisseur of conventional techniques, he has been the creator of an innovative procedure, which the author himself has designated as "Move-Art". It consists of generating on the same support two different works, one will be perceived by the spectator in a conventional way, while the other will be visible only with black light. His recent series of portraits dedicated to women who have been awarded the Nobel Prize throughout history and those who will receive it in the future have been developed with this technique. Marie Sklodowska-Curie was the first woman portrayed in this series.

The Asturian artist had already experimented with this technique in his series of portraits of the Princess of Asturias Awards, which he began in 2011, portraying among others Leonard Cohen or Haile Gebrselaise. In 2012 he portrayed architect Rafael Moneo and footballers Iker Casillas and Xabi Hernández.

Rodrigo Juarranz is the only gallery that represents in Spain the Mexican Jorge Marín, an artist that during his career has developed a figurative work that is catalogued among the most important of the contemporary art in Mexico. In his search for identity, and after experimenting with multiple disciplines and materials, Jorge Marín opts for bronze and from there on, all his work is configured under this noble and traditional material that allows him to generate in his pieces an extremely mimetic appearance to the elements of the living matter he represents. His formats oscillate between miniature and monumentality, the latter taking over public spaces, in which he establishes a conversation with the spectator which art, as he himself confesses, "is an indispensable tool for generating more reflexive and peaceful societies".

Amélie Ducommun

Caja 1, 2019

Mixta sobre papel

26 x 26cm

Amélie Ducommun (Barcelona, 1983) presents her delicate art boxes. Amélie represents nature in her works by means of a textured line of colour where she composes the landscape and the natural elements that are interrelated in it. All this from the questionable perspective of memory. Some representations are placed on the surface of the boxes, which in turn serve as a monstrance, in the manner of archives that endure.

Beatriz Díaz Ceballos (Oviedo, 1971), delights us in this fair with a proposal in which literature materialises in three-dimensional plastic works, where the book goes from being the literary support to becoming a material component of merely plastic art. The books vomit words and are transformed into sculptural forms of great beauty or generate forests that emerge from their imaginary interior. The letters are materialized by means of copper micro-fusions in which they acquire the nature of original sculptures that generate beautiful visual poems.

Beatriz Díaz Ceballos

Torre I, 2015

Mixed media

15 x 26cm

Diego Benéitez (Zamora, 1986), began his exhibition career a decade ago and is one of the artists that Rodrigo has trusted, since years ago, to present his latest creations in Art Madrid. The artist from Zamora, executes in his works a compendium between the figuration and the abstraction, capturing in his tables covered by one of the most traditional techniques of the painting, the oil, some subtle landscapes in which the simplicity of the symbols that form it, being reduced sometimes to the horizontality of the application of the colour, manage to contribute to the work a solemnity so vehement that it makes us submerge in them.

The interdisciplinary artist Jaime sicilia (Madrid, 1970), works between media as varied as painting, sculpture, photography or video. Sicily participates with his series "Waldweben", where we can see the variety and confluence of materials and techniques that he uses in his works. Acrylics, pigments and photographic emulsions are displayed on wooden, metal or plastic supports to create a subtle reality that takes us into the mysterious Wagner forest.

Diego Benéitez

El recuerdo que despierta, 2019

Oil on board

120 x 120cm

Jaime Sicilia

Waldweben 09, 2019

13 Broken Blatt and metal and plastic support

140 x 140cm

 

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.