THE BEST ART GALLERIES FROM CATALONIA IN ART MADRID\'17

They all come from Barcelona and portray an interesting range of possibilities within contemporary art, from pieces with the unmistakable imprint of the Spanish avant-garde of the XXth century, to icons of urban art and emerging artists of enormous projection.

 

 

 José Benítez, Pavilion of Prayers, 2016. Mixed technique

 

 

3Punts gallery works in the promotion of contemporary art in its different expressions, paying special attention to the work of new creators in contrast to others of consolidated trajectory, and collaborating with other national and international galleries. The proposal they bring to Art Madrid'17 includes artists Gerard Mas, Mr. Brainwash, Ramon Surinyac, Samuel Salcedo, Alejandro Monge, José Benítez.

 

Among the artists who will exhibit at 3 Punts gallery booth, the work of the Malaga artist José Benítez stands out. His sublime landscapes of monsters, ruins and labyrinths allow the viewer to enter the personal and utopian universe of the painter.

 

 

Joan Miró, Tête, 1975. Chinese ink and waxes on Japanese paper 

 

 

Marc Calzada Gallery, founded in 1996 and located in the center of Barcelona, is specialized in national and international 20th century authors, with great attention to the classical avant-gardes. We will have the pleasure of showing some impressive pieces by Antoni Tàpies, Antonio Saura and Joan Miró, in the fantastic dialogue between masters that the gallery has proposed.

 

The Marc Calzada Gallery proposes an exhibit in which it establishes a link between the three artists, both artistic and personal. 

 

 

Ivan Franco, Untitled, 2016. Pencil on paper

 

 

Galería Miquel Alzueta combines contemporary art with 20th century architecture and design within an old 500m² factory in the heart of Barcelona. In constant renewal, international artists with Spanish artists of different generations live together. Their list of artists, in continuous expansion, aims to be a reflection of the art of the XXI century. In Art Madrid'17 the will show some the artists Bruno Ollé, Manolo Ballesteros, Ivan Franco, Lídia Masllorens and Maria Yelletisch.

 

The artists that will exhibit in the stand of Miquel Alzueta, although with very different techniques and themes in their works, are a great sample of the quality of the artistic proposals of the young values ??of our country.

 

 

 

Rosa Solano, And to show a button, 2017. Assembly on iron

 

 

Alonso Vidal, founded in 2004, has always focused on the promotion and dissemination of contemporary art in all its techniques, with national and international artists whom it supports from the beginning of its career. 


From his gallery comes the Catalan artist Rosa Solano, winner of the XII Visual Arts Prize José Mª Vidal of the Arena Foundation in painting mode, that will exhibit at Art Madrid their iron assemblies of the series "Y para muestra un botón". In addition, Xavi Carbonell (Alcoy, 1971) will present his works inspired by children's art and naif style, not only from a formal point of view, but also in the issues he paints.

 

 

Eduardo Marco, Colorfield 21, 2015. Photography

 

 

The Zielinsky Gallery is one of the youngest participants in Art Madrid’17. It was born in 2015 and represents contemporary artists, mainly from Europe and Latin America. It promotes artistic and cultural exchange between the two continents and wants to break away from hermetic projects and unilateral ideas, creating links between collectors and neophytes in the art world, bringing them closer to different cultures. In our fai we will see pieces by his artists Yamandú Canosa, Daniel Orson Ybarra, Eduardo Marco and Luca Benites.

 

Memory is a key in the work of the Uruguayan artists Yamandú Canosa and Daniel Orson Ybarra; Brazilian artist Eduardo Marco will surprise us with his photographs that uncover "what is hidden from the common gaze", and the architect and artist Luca Benites will share with the public a work defined by a look to and from the city.

 

 

 

One of the proposals included in the calendar of the “Art Madrid-Proyector'20” program was the organisation of several meetings with artists within the fair. This gave visitors the opportunity to get to know their work better and open a personal dialogue with them after the presentation of their last lines of work. From Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th of February, we had the participation of Abelardo Gil-Fournier, Fernando Baena, Mario Santamaría and Maia Navas, a group of creators who work with the moving image, but also with the installation, technological art, performance and video art.

Abelardo Gil-Fournier's work revolves around the hybridization between the real and the sensible. This artist and researcher approaches this question in his works from a perspective in which perception, image and material production merge. Both his artistic and research practice deal with issues related to land use and plant growth without losing sight of these three points of interest. This results in works that incorporate the presence of nature from various perspectives, sometimes as a space of experimentation in which to reflect on the connection between art and politics, the relationship of the human being with the environment or the criteria for landscape intervention.

During his presentation on Wednesday 26th, Abelardo told us about some of his latest projects, in which the presence of technology is key to offering an artistic interpretation of the individual's impact into the territory. All this affects issues such as agricultural techniques, the progressive deforestation or the exploitation of land resources. The result is colour-coded pattern drawings that break down the analyzed landscape and offer a more visual and technology-based reinterpretation of these human behaviours. In addition, in this meeting, the artist explained his work “The Quivering of the Reed”, an installation that mixes video image, sound and material elements, and that plays the role of mixing the sensory with the real.

Abelardo Gil-Fournier

Fernando Baena shared a talk with us on the afternoon of Thursday 27th. This artist has focused a large part of his work on performance, happening and video pieces, many of them designed to capture the result of the action and give the work a second life in a new format. The main subjects that monopolize his work range from the treatment of sexuality and gender issues, to migratory movements and the drama of refugees, the exercise of political freedom and thought ... all of them are far-reaching issues that Fernando addresses from a familiar approach, with the use of common materials and recognizable environments. Another of the characteristics of his work is the presence of Marianela León in many of his pieces, a performer who has been collaborating with Fernando for many years until becoming almost an alter ego of himself and starring in most actions that take place in public spaces.

In this meeting, Fernando was able to explain part of his creative processes and to highlight a key aspect to the performance artist: to understand the reaction of the public. In this way, the impact of a work conceived from the theoretical plane is also analyzed, the meaning of which can completely change depending on the viewer's perception. As he himself explained in the talk regarding his piece "Balsa":

"What started out as a performance with an established script ended up being a happening in which the public participated with sometimes unusual reactions".

For his part, Mario Santamaría, who was with us on February 28th, shared with us a completely different work from Fernando's. This artist is focused on the analysis of the use of data, the feeling of manipulation and lack of control over our information that is produced in the digital medium and the desire to transform into something real some ideas as ethereal and commonplace today as the use of virtual storage clouds, the location of web pages or the data flow over the Internet. Much of his work, documented on video or transformed into technological facilities, is a form of research on the impact of the digital medium on our daily lives. His desire to bring these terms to the material plane, which we handle in our language today without really understanding their meaning, has led him to visit server bunkers, storage warehouses, in addition to tracking the exact location of the servers that host his own website to find isolated places far away from humanity.

Mario proposed a material trip to this reality to demonstrate that we are facing a very fragile system, whose durability is sensitive to natural phenomena, as evidenced by some of the documentation work carried out, where he rescued images of wild animals entering these data centres and endangering the livelihood of the digital world.

Mario Santamaría

Finally, Maia Navas, recently arrived from Argentina, shared with us the afternoon of Saturday 29th in a chat in which she told us about her creative work as well as her experience at the head of Play-Videoarte, a festival entirely dedicated to this discipline that she co-founded in 2012, and that in these six editions has combined an annual exhibition with a program of activities that take place in the City of Corrientes (Argentina), at the Cultural Centre of the University Extension that depends on the National University of the Northeast (UNNE).

Maia has a degree in psychology, as well as a degree in arts and technology, and combine her artistic career with teaching. The impact of psychology among her work topics is evident, and some of her video works try to delve into disturbing and perplexing aspects of human behaviour, such as the series "Procedures" that we could watch during the presentation. In it, the artist portrays the daily lives of people affected by OCD syndrome with an excellent visual narrative that puts the accent, almost with a cinematographic vision, on the personal experience of this phenomenon.

Maia Navas, foto de Marc Cisneros

From Art Madrid, we want to thank all these artists for sharing their creative experience with us and giving us the opportunity to dialogue with them about their present and future projects.