As each year, also this year at the Gallery we'll be presenting the group show with the finalists from the International Call For Young Artists under the age of 36.
In this, its fourteenth year, the number of participants reached a total of 805 portfolios from all over the world, most of them from Latin America and Europe. For the final selection we centered on criteria such as internationality, quality, professionalism and above all originality.
This year the final selection resulted in 20 artists, seven of them Spanish, five Europeans, five Latin-Americans, one American, one from New Zealand and one Portuguese. It seems the definition of identity starts with the birthplace, although many of the artists live away from their hometown or even in another country.
The artistic careers of the participants are diverse and plural, some are in the beginning of their career and others have a prominent record and are present in galleries and institutions, such as the case of David Rickard who participated in the Venice Biennale, Julien Dubuisson at the Paláis du Tokyo in Paris or Catalina León, Nicolás Lamas, Boo Saville or Marta Moura among others who already work with international galleries.
The media they use is as diverse as their background: Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Drawing and Installation.
The 20 artists in the 14th edition of the Call are: ERNESTO BURGOS USA; JOSÉ LUÍS DE LA PARRA Spain; JULIEN DUBUISSON France, NINA EDLING Sweden; IGNACIO ESTUDILLO Spain; RAFAEL FUSTER Spain; IGNACIO GARCÍA Spain; MAURO GIACONI Argentina; FILIPPOS KAVAKAS Greece; NICOLÁS LAMAS Peru; CATALINA LEÓN Argentina; LUCRECIA LIONTI Argentina; JUAN MARGOLLES Argentina; ADRIÁN MARTÍNEZ Spain; MARTA MOURA Portugal; DAVID MUTILOA Spain; JOSÉ CARLOS NARANJO Spain; DAVID RICKARD New Zealand; BOO SAVILLE UK & LUCA SPANO Italy
About the artists
ERNESTO BURGOS. Santa Clara (California, USA) 1979. Lives & works in New York.
Investigates the languages of abstraction through the construction, combination and manipulation of different materials such as furniture. The starting point is the continued exploration of abstraction and materiality manifested through the form in space. Many of the materials used in their construction are then reassembled and combined with other materials out of context to force them to coexist in specific situations.
JOSÉ LUÍS DE LA PARRA. Valladolid (Spain) 1975. Lives & works in Madrid.
He presents part of the photographic series "Meeting Point" where the movie sets, apparently huge and bombastic suffer the vicious parody of his own transience. Scenarios condemned by their own staging. These spaces no longer in use, containers without content, are the subject of these images.
JULIEN DUBUISSON. Reims (France) 1978. Lives & works in Madrid.
Most of his work focuses on the practice of sculpturing. In recent years his different works have had a theme in common; "the void". He addresses this notion more as a kind of matter than actually the absence of matter. Fragments of molds and assembled pieces and hybrids generate pieces that brings us closer to everyday things turned strange.
NINA EDLING. Borlänge (Sweden) 1985. Lives & works in London.
Edling works in wood carving. It's these marks, created to "rip" the wood surface, the negative forms the basis for their "prints only" on paper, where size as a plate, serve to transfer ink to paper and give life to her characters; emotional portraits that hide the face and show the fragility. In her use of this technique she also transcribes quotations form books which somehow speak of those emotions that captivate her, de-contextualizing them as silent demonstrations.
IGNACIO ESTUDILLO. Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) 1985. Lives & works in Jerez de la Frontera.
Estudillo shows his series of small format landscapes of great delicacy and skill. Almost abstract in their execution, simplifying as much as possible until achieving with a minimum of traces a kind of landscape. With their sobriety and intimacy they captivate us by their enormous expressive power.
RAFAEL FUSTER. Fuente-Encarroz (Valencia, Spain). Lives & works in Murcia.
Fuster uses waste materials. His work is austere and precise and aspires to that equilibrium where there is nothing neither superfluous nor missing. His illusionist sculptures are made from old metal plates which, because of their color, end up as objects so real that you can't differentiate fact from fiction.
IGNACIO GARCÍA. Madrid (Spain) 1987. Lives & works in Berlin.
Is presenting a series of drawings called: "Paisaje con ruina" (Landscape with ruin) and a sculpture in modeling clay, a tridimensional representation of the drawings.
The drawings, the more important part of his work, is in some way a Little like illustrations for children, but the themes they touch have nothing to do with childhood, they're political conflicts, revolutions or contexts in war, reconstructions of abandoned places where it seems a catastrophe has passed through.
Thus, showing the contrast between form and content with descriptive clarity and abundance of details, metaphors are turned into new realities, consistently coded: fables without any obvious moral, fragments of a contemporary mythology.
MAURO GIACONI. Buenos Aires (Argentina) 1977. Lives & works in Mexico City.
Using as a reference to his drawings, architectural elements inscribed within the same construction, he starts his drawings with graphite in one hand and an eraser in the other, generating by subtraction a kind of urban landscape where the wire mesh that prevents passage, frames and separates spaces under construction, seems to be a recurring element, ... maybe an allegory of the human body?
FILIPPOS KAVAKAS. Athens (Greece) 1979. Lives & works in Berlin.
In his B/W watercolors we see a butcher whose desk is the famous pieces of cut animals by Damien Hirst, a moment of Duchamp's life surrounded by some of his most iconic pieces, including the representation of a woman going down the stairs in erotic poses or Marina Abramovic representing one of her performance on a "very spirited" horse. Great figures of contemporary art represented with great humor and irony.
NICOLÁS LAMAS. Lima (Peru) 1980. Lives & works in Belgium.
His work is based on the interest, and at the same time distrust of the constructed perception of all that belongs to a "natural order" and models our imagery. For the show he presents two small but resounding pieces with great conceptual and poetic charge. "Palipsesto" is made from the superimposed printing of the 55 pages from the article "A Mathematical Theory of Communication" by Claude E. Shannon. And "Entropía" an A4 sheet of paper, perforated by the repeated use of a typewriter without ink.
CATALINA LEÓN. Buenos Aires (Argentina) 1981. Lives & works in Buenos Aires.
It all began painting directly on the pavement, on the walls on the street and on houses. As pieces of life, skin debris from a city, this is what the piece Catalina León presents is like. A figure, which reminds us of remains from the Roman civilization, it seems to be painted on some sort of stone or a piece of broken wall. Her pieces, archaeologies of the contemporary city and the encounter with the always moving painting, also generate vast landscapes in rooms that look like forests or ruins or the destruction caused by anxious search that result in loss.
LUCRECIA LIONTI. Tucumán (Argentina) 1985. Lives & works in Buenos Aires.
Her work is structured as "constellations" drawings, ideas, sketches, jokes ... she builds a kind of installation which starting point is the idea of a mental process generated as an organic scheme extending on the wall. Texts and images are combined to create a contemporary narrative associated with philosophy, art, and social networks, raising open and interconnected reflections in this current evolution.
JUAN MARGOLLES. Mar de Plata (Argentina). Lives & works between Berlin & Valencia.
Margolles presents his latest photographic project titled "Botánica" where images of botanical gardens from different countries are presented together. Gardens which raises a planned reinterprets of nature and the different scenarios that they propose, in order to investigate the contemporary concept of natural landscape and reflect on how we are able to preserve, protect and represent nature.
ADRIÁN MARTÍNEZ. Ibiza (España) 1984. Lives & works on Ibiza.
Adrian Martinez's work is based on drawing, a constant play with lights and shadows which we find in the piece "15 Muertos" composed of fifteen drawings of graphite on paper. Traces of light simple and concentrated, suggesting lying naked bodies as if they were "survivors" from a shipwreck, from the backgrounds fully saturated by graphite.
MARTA MOURA. Lisbon (Portugal) 1978. Lives & works in Lisbon.
Shows one of the pieces from the series "Vanitas" where the canvas is loaded from its physicality, objetualizing each of the fabrics and frames in which an object is painted individually and together forming, supported on a pedestal, the representation of a tridimensional still life. Expanded painting, contemporary still life, optical games, etc ...these are some of the sections in which we could place her work.
DAVID MUTILOA. Pamplona (Spain) 1979. Lives & works in Barcelona.
His work is based on as well as a critical review of his work as much as of the work of others and the questioning of its form and content. Always with a look of distrust on what is pre-established, both theoretical and formal, with a social, political or economic charge
In the piece S / T (0-87070-341-2) presented at the Gallery, is as a parting point the study of the exhibition "THE FAMILY OF MAN", the paradigmatic exhibition curated by Edward Steichen presented at MoMA in New York in 1955 which through a humanist discourse, presented the human condition as a great generic community, universal and transnational, understood from a pre-political position, prior to any differences of class, race or gender.
JOSÉ CARLOS NARANJO. Sevilla (Spain) 1981. Lives & works in Seville.
The painter José Naranjo seeks with his flat compositions a defining horizon of an "up" and "down" of the picture, of a heaven and an earth, feeling the need to create synthesized landscapes that serve as motifs for his painting, but at the same time relativizing this chosen subject as their proposal is rightly to embody linear structures related to each other, bordering a constructivist and linear abstraction.
DAVID RICKARD. New Zealand 1975. Lives & works in London.
Experimentation more than representation is above all what we find in the mind of David Rickard. He renegotiates the roles of control and change in his work, thus creating a set of parameters that govern the construction of each work. The effect of gravity, the throwing of dice or even human exhalation. The key to any scientific experiment, control, organization and uncertain results, forms the foundation of his work but they are much more than a result. His work physical evidence changed roles in our lives from the molecule to a cultural level.
BOO SAVILLE. Norwich (UK) 1980. Lives & works in London.
The drawings are the essence of all his work, the starting point where ideas fuel the subsequent relationship between painting and drawing. In his works we find a concern with death and the human being both in anatomy and spiritual essence, even tormented.
LUCA SPANO. Cagliari (Italy) 1982. Lives & works in London.
The photographic series "One" is a photographic project on the landscape of his native Sardinia. A minimalist emotional interpretation of the extensive familiar landscape confronting a real landscape with the feelings about it and the world outside the island.
OPENING Thursday Octuber 4th from 20:00 to 22:00