Art Madrid'24 – THREE WOMEN, THREE REALITIES IN ALBA CABRERA GALLERY

Alba Cabrera Gallery presents in Art Madrid the most intimate work of three women artists: Carmen Michavila, Isabel Gutiérrez and María Angélica Viso. Three different artistic personalities that connect with the same mystical sensibility in their artworks.

Carmen Michavila (Valencia, 1959) reflects about invisibility in her works, evoking a hidden reality. Michavila, starting from a magical realism, invites us to an inner and intimate journey, and as if it were a children's story, leads us to the purest essence. Between delicate and meticulous lines, the artist leaves empty spaces for the spectator, letting his imagination fly, to complete them.

It is inevitable not to distinguish in the art work of the Valencian artist, christian connotations. The verticality of her imaginary figures and her neutral-coloured backgrounds evoke images of earthly paradise and hell. An example of this is the work belonging to the series "Job 38:11: You will go this far, but no further. This is where the pride of your waves will stop".

Carmen Michavila

Sin Título, 2019

Acrylic on canvas

116 x 89cm

In the artwork of Isabel Gutiérrez (Madrid, 1955), the configuration of space plays a fundamental role. With a slight tendency towards the cubist work of Paul Klee and Sonia Delaunay, the paintings of Isabel Gutiérrez are developed within the figurative style, being the colour and the light essential elements in the composition. Nature is represented by the artist in its multiple manifestations, generating a chromatic and formal game defined by the different effects of light, that are multiplied every time, like nature itself, in the flora and fauna of her landscapes and gardens.

”In my paintings I have investigated relationships between colours, compositional structures and different treatments in the brushstroke, with the objective of signifying the evolution of my thoughts about the shave I perceive.”

In art works such as “Primeras hojas” or “Baile de hojas I”, both made in 2019, the great chromatic intensity and very well defined borders build the figurative motifs. The organic elements of its leaves, plants or animals are reaffirmed from a plastic point of view, much more expressive and textured than the geometric surfaces of flat colours that complement them.

Isabel Gutiérrez

Primeras hojas, 2019

Oil on board

40 x 40cm

Isabel Gutiérrez

Baile de hojas I, 2019

Oil on board

40 x 40cm

The geometrical subtle sculptures by the artist from Caracas María Angélica Viso, complete the exhibition proposal of the Alba Cabrera Gallery for Art Madrid. María Angélica Viso (Venezuela, 1971), has among her great references the artists Cruz Díez and Jesús Rafael Soto.

Viso’s artworks are generally attached to the wall. These volatile sculptures, with polyvalent and sophistic shapes, are capable of mutate into other figures. In all their pieces, as the curator Susana Benko points out, "the common element is the image of lightness.

Maria Angélica Viso Penso

Geometrías orgánicas, 2019

Aluminio y pintura anodizada

80 x 80cm

”I find a similarity between paper and metal and so I face the latter, as if it were a parchment, discovering its subtle and soft side, a facet that sometimes seems to hide it in its rigidity. Rigidity that I take advantage of to perforate it with inserts, piercing it, crossing it and then achieving illusions of fabric in movement"

Leaving behind his works of straight lines and statically geometric planes which he makes lose their rigidity, turning them into ethereal only by separating them from the surface and curving them with subtle delicacy, Viso evolves into a new series which he calls "Organic Geometries ". A series he has been working on since 2018 until today.

 

Intercessions. Performance Cycle X Tara For Women. Parallel Program. Art Madrid'24

INTERCESSIONS. PERFORMANCE CYCLE X TARA FOR WOMEN



In his Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard states: "One must be in the present, in the present of the image, in the minute of the image: if there is a philosophy of poetry, this philosophy must be born and reborn with the motif of a dominant verse, in total adherence to an isolated image, and precisely in the ecstasy of the novelty of the image”.

In our present time, a moment of homogenized images, we find a problem that is expressed in the need to listen to the voices that come from otherness. In those other places, it is still possible to find the novelty of the image and the poetry of the image that announces diversity. Everything seems known or familiar if we explore the possibilities of representing a concise idea of the present, of the moment that obliges us to act. From here, contemporary art serves as a pretext to transform society, making use of its goodness as a healing instrument and giving voice to those who turn their vocation into dominant verse, to break into the scenario in which everything happens and takes place, thus making them part of what is happening.

Are we capable of putting ourselves in the place of the other? Do we use our privileged place to intercede for others? How often do we drop our "I" to support the " We"? What does it mean to work for the common good?

All these questions are answered in the exercise of intercession. How people intercede for one another in order to change the course of events, how intercession has the purpose of finding a solution for the improvement of our fellows, how the work and the commitment of those for whom we intercede are brought into a common place.


Thus was born Intercessions, a Performance Cycle X Tara For Women, part of the Parallel Program of Art Madrid'24, featuring artists Estel Boada (Mataró, Barcelona, 1991), Teresa Búa (Muxía, A Coruña, 1991), Sara Domínguez (Málaga, 1993) and Mónica Egido (Salamanca, 1994). The main purpose of the cycle is to bet on projects that reflect our times. The performance in its multiple dramaturgical expressions, especially those that use the body as a vehicle to deconstruct and observe from a critical perspective, the relationship of human beings with their natural environment, are conducive to relate the truth of our time.

Mónica Egido. Still from the FOMO Project. 2024.

Like hands to the body, eyes to the soul, earth to life, and art to society, the powerful metaphor that represents the exercise of interceding for the other turns the stage of the fair into a device capable of activating and communicating the concerns of the invited artists and extending them to the public in a gesture of empathy..

The treatment of human relations makes the carnal habitat a reservoir of affection for the surrounding reality. To intercede for others, to propitiate an intercession with the objective of achieving a benefit for an entity or subject that dynamizes our action, is the leitmotif of this performance cycle, which appropriates one of the most important artistic moments of the year and transforms it into a catapult of projection for the four participating artists.

Estel Boada. Performance of Pfff Historia d'una Fitball. Documentation. 2024.

Intercessions proposes a sharp look at the symbolic relationship between human beings and their context, turning the body into a reservoir of affections that enables intercession and the act of interceding for other entities or subjects. In essence, this initiative seeks to promote reflections that transcend the surface of everyday experience, challenging prejudices and entering into the construction of an artistic legacy forged from experience stripped of conventionalisms.

The selection of artists responds to the need to highlight the relevance of works that, through performance, have a strong impact on the collective conscience regarding the challenges and dangers that threaten our society and the way we relate to others. The human body, considered as a motor and a link with the artistic and natural essence, becomes the epicenter of the conceptual exploration proposed by this program, transcending the ordinary to unravel the complexities of the intercession between the individual and his environment.

During the days of the fair, Intercessions will transform the exhibition space into an activating device powerfully communicating the urgency with which humanity must approach the construction of its future legacy. Just as the hands are to the body, the eyes to the soul, and the earth to life, this cycle of performances affirms that art, in its maximum expression, intercedes for us, and represents the fundamental notion that will guide the participants in their search for the transcendence and meaning of their works. Intercessions is thus established as a manifesto of performance, a critical and transformative instrument forging a provocative and necessary dialogue in the context of Art Madrid'24.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Mónica Egido (Salamanca, 1994) is a visual artist with a background in physiotherapy and specialization in neuroscience of chronic pain and obstetrics. She has excelled in the field of photography, being selected for Futures Photography 2023 and awarded a grant by PhotoEspaña. Her work, exhibited in various spaces in Europe, addresses different issues of neuroscience in relation to health, using art as a mechanism for dissemination, as in her latest project FOMO, where she talks about the impact of permanent anxiety on physical and mental health. Her piece Vacío reflects on the feeling of dissatisfaction and unhappiness that many people of the millennial generation suffer from.

Mónica Egido. Guest artist of Intercessions. Performance Cycle X Tara For Women.

Mónica Egido presents at Art Madrid'24 her performance: VACÍO. From the series FOMO

Vacío is a reflection of the sense of dissatisfaction and constant unhappiness that many people belonging to the millennial generation suffer from.

Mónica Egido. Still from Vacío. FOMO Project. 2024.



Sara Gema Domínguez (Malaga, 1993) is an artist with a background in Fine Arts and a MA in Interdisciplinary Artistic Production and Research. She specializes in action art, exploring the relationship between art and life. The performance Bingo de Artista satirizes and criticizes the processes of artistic professionalization, inviting the public to participate as potential creators in a game that questions chance and artistic recognition.

Sara Gema Domínguez. Guest artist of Intercessions. Performance Cycle X Tara For Women.



Sara Gema Domínguez presents at Art Madrid'24 her performance: BINGO DE ARTISTA

Chance is a constant in our lives, and the context in which an artist is born or develops is essential to determine their position in the market or mere recognition.

Sara Gema Domínguez. Bingo de artista. Documentation. 2024.



Teresa Búa (Muxía, A Coruña, 1991) combines fine arts, fashion design and craftsmanship in her artistic projects. Her work, represented in national and international exhibitions, focuses on self-knowledge, Galician cultural heritage and digital fashion.

Teresa Búa. Guest artist of Intercessions. Performance Cycle X Tara For Women.

Teresa Búa presents at Art Madrid'24 her performance: MATERNIDAD 4. AMAMANTAR

This work invites us to witness the beauty of maternal experience as a source of creativity in the intercession of life and production as interconnected forces in human experience.

Teresa Búa. Maternidad 4. Amamantar. Documentation. 2024.



Estel Boada (Mataró, Barcelona, 1991) is a multifaceted artist who addresses past, present and future issues in an ironic and burlesque way. With a background in Fine Arts, her work includes design, drawing, performance, among others…

Estel Boada. Guest artist of Intercessions. Performance Cycle X Tara For Women.


Estel Boada presents at Art Madrid'24 her performance: STAND, BY ME

Stand, by Me is a performance that wants to address the responsibility and the position of an art fair stand from an ironic and burlesque point of view.

Estel Boada. Stand, By Me. Documentation. 2024.


PERFORMANCES

Wednesday, 6 March / 19:00 h - Mónica Egido - VACÍO

Thursday, 7 March / 19:00 h - Sara Gema Domínguez - BINGO DE ARTISTA

Friday, 8 March / 17:00 h - Teresa Búa - MATERNIDAD 4. AMAMANTAR

Saturday, 9 March / 19:00 h - Estel Boada - STAND, BY ME




The performance cycle Intercessions. X Tara For Women is supported by the Foundation, whose mission is to empower talented women around the world to promote sustainable economic and social development. Its vision is to build a global community without borders, where talented women find the necessary empowerment and access to the essential tools to achieve success in their endeavors and artistic expressions. True to its values, it joins Art Madrid in this edition to contribute to the much-needed work of representing the talent of women artists in the national contemporary art exhibition circuit.