RUBÉN MARTÍN DE LUCAS OPENS THE DOORS OF HIS STUDIO FOR US

On Wednesday, February 20, from 7 pm, the artist Rubén Martín de Lucas introduces us to his studio in a public visit organized by Art Madrid. In this event, the participants will be able to get to know the artist in a much closer way, as well as enter their creation and production processes directly from the most enlightening place, the artist’s studio.

Rubén Martín de Lucas, "República nº 7" image.

Since Martín de Lucas, trained as a Civil Engineer, he decided to dedicate himself to creating and his main line of work has been the relationship between people and territory. Starting from multiple reflections and using a wide variety of languages and techniques, the Madrid-based artist proposes to the audience to question geopolitical limits and the definition of property. Based on a strong critical ideology, what Martín de Lucas intends through his works is to ask us questions, encourage us to question with a great deal of irony what kind of relationship we have with the space that surrounds us, what are the true reasons that shape borders, as changing and artificial as the capitalist logic that impose them. These questions are explored through the possibilities of painting, performative action, video art, and photography.

Rubén Martín de Lucas, "República nº 12" image, 2019.

A particular country created in the middle of a Castilian countryside, a microstate in the middle of a football field or a one-person republic on the banks of a Cantabrian beach; there are some of the "Minimal Republics": performative actions with which the artist intervenes the landscape symbolically. The process is simple: he appropriates 100m2, draws an elementary form in the chosen territory and lives in that new space for a day. Precisely the last three editions of this work are those the artist made exclusively for Art Madrid, three unpublished works that will be discovered very soon. This kind of action art always carefully conserves documentary material, aerial films, and photographs that become "poetic gestures, endowed with a mordant irony", as the creator explains.

Rubén Martín de Lucas, "República nº 14" image, 2019.

These "republics" are framed within one of their latest and most striking projects, "Stupid Borders": an exciting project in which the absurd character of borders and the links we establish with them are demonstrated, and how to reflect on the processes of abstraction and commercialization of the natural landscape as well. The sense of ownership and the boundaries of borders become very absurd, especially in another of the works that take part of the project, entitled "A plot on the Moon", in which the artist offers the viewer the purchase of a plot on the Moon in usufruct. This idea is taken from the ambitious and supposed owner, Dennis Hope, who since 1980 has initiated procedures to declare ownership of the planets and their respective satellites, this way beginning in 2015 a millionaire business of selling ultra-terrestrial plots. These are works that, although in very different ways, can connect in their essence with the ideals of great artists who also worked critically with space, property and occupation, such as the famous "Anarquitectura" group and the renowned Gordon Matta-Clark, creators who developed projects such as “Reality Properties: Fake Estates”, in which the artists mapped those remaining useless plots that remain between houses, revealing the failure that is modern real estate property concept, which, as Matta-Clark himself stated, does not stop offering us "demoralizing memories over the take it or leave it idea".

Boa Mistura, "Somos Luz", Panama City, 2013.

During the visit to the atelier, the artist will make a selective tour of his artistic career. The beginning of his career can be placed in 2001 when, together with Javier Serrano Guerra, Juan Jaume Fernandez, Pablo Ferreiro Mederos, and Pablo Purón Carrillo, co-founded the multidisciplinary group Boa Mistura. The works that they made have a special connection with the so-called "participation aesthetics" because they are proposals that seek to improve bonds between people and the space they inhabit. In this often conflicting relationship, in which urban space is not adapted to the needs of inhabitants, even directly confronting current lifestyles, this collective modifies the public space with great vitalist interventions that have their roots in the field of graffiti. These practices have reached all corners of the world, from Spain to Brazil, Panama, Mexico, Norway, Algeria, Georgia or South Africa.

Rubén Martín de Lucas

El Jardín de Fukuoka XLIII, 2017

Waxes, oil and enamel on panel

120 x 120cm

Rubén Martín de Lucas

Desert 6, Every monoculture is a kind of desert VI, 2017

Oil on board

120 x 120cm

Possibly in this meeting, Martín de Lucas will also highlight two key events that motivated him to start his solo career in 2015: a momentous trip to India and the experience of being a father. In the same way, the artist can explain one of his most pictorial series, "The garden of Fukuoka": a group of abstraction paintings in which he reflects on "two opposite ways of understanding agriculture and life". On the one hand, the more natural, respectful and fluid way, on the other hand, the more artificial, unbalanced and harmful way. The pictorial strategies correspond to this dual speech: colourful and free traces in the first case, which pays tribute to the oriental concept developed by Fukuoka, "WeiWei" (no intervention or action in nature and the cultivation process); and in opposition, the lugubrious and repetitive compositions of the second path, the aggressive industrial system of agricultural exploitation. In these works, both with great lyricism, the artist's speech again questions our overbearing anthropocentrism in front of the natural state of the world.

Thus, the audience attending this visit to Rubén Martín de Lucas’ studio, Guest Artist of this edition of Art Madrid, will have an exceptional opportunity to approach the committed work of a multidisciplinary artist, better understand his work and talk directly to him.

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If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Cheese Master Affineur, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.