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Solo show: EUGENIO MERINO - We don’t need another hero (over)

29 October 2010 until 11 December 2010
  EUGENIO MERINO - We don’t need another hero
Eugenio Merino
  ADN Galeria

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"An essential aspect of power is that it only likes to laugh at its own jokes" Peter Sloterdijk

ADN Galería presents the second solo show in Barcelona of Eugenio Merino, We don't need another hero.

Two years went by since Merino's exhibition Global Warming was showed at ADN Galería, and now the artist seems to put aside the representation of popular figures and superheroes, typical of his previews works, and embrace the representation of anonymous characters and objects charged with strong symbology, emphasizing even more his critical stand before subjects like war and military policy. He already dealt with war and its consequences in the video Jailhouse Rock (in Guantanamo) in 2008. Now, new discourses and semantic games enrich the topics treated in former works, asking for the necessary complicity of the spectators to decode the iconography present in his work. The show swifts between causticity and satire; playing with real and complex situations, turning thus the dramatic into sarcasm and vice versa.

In We don't need another hero we find a declination of Eugenio Merino in his assumed role of resistant cynic engaged in showing naked truths, facilitating some relevant unmasking; in this occasion he approaches a cardinal cynicism: the one belonging to the military power and the State. Everyone from every social class reports how evil is war and, however, we passively assist to a schizoid indoctrination so that who is supposedly weak could be presented as a hero. During Modern times, both state and military power have been translating the risk, and its supposed associated heroism, from the ancient knight, converted to a war hero, to these other that have nothing to do with war. This is exactly what's emphasized in the sculptural group No Return Policy in which we can see two soldiers packed in wooden boxes and sent to make war as if they were weapons distributed by express mail service: a juridical and political exploitation in the name of peace. Even though this unavoidable reality could seem pretty obvious in a first moment, as a truth we all have sustained at least once, the confrontation with such a direct and insolent production, related to the ethos of classical cynicism, makes us feel taking part to this contemporary cynicism able of justifying peace through war.

Peace Medals, some medals apparently used to commemorate war triumphs but formally configured with a piece sign, make us look at this State's cynicism that send to war the so-called "peacekeeping forces", charging this message with expressivity and forcefulness. The big irony comes when the supposed heroes, dead in a "peacekeeping mission", have to be buried in an official ceremony as heroes dead in combat. Another artwork that clearly refers to this military and central cynicism is Damocles´ Sword. This piece offers a double semantic turn: it speaks not only about the uncertain faith pending on the powerful people holding public duty, as referred to in its classical literary meaning, but also the lack of security that all of us, Western citizens, have to endure. Of course we do have armies ready to fight against the "evil axis" but the counterpart is the constant threat of international terrorism.

About the artist's production process, it's important to point out its synthetic
aspect: the crash of realities, of iconographies and different or opposite symbols which generate unpredictable lectures. The apparently simplicity of a sculpture like Victory or Death shows perfectly the artist's working process: a hand with two fingers making the peace sign, rolled up with barbed wire that reminds us of a trench, a concentration camp or a prison. A first approach suggests the impossibility of celebrating victory or peace when there are wires still trapping us.
Then, we start perceiving that the artist's intention is to symbolize the symbiosis between the increasing weaponry and peace, as if war or the menacing power of army could really bring stability, for some at least. We are so threatened and armed to the teeth that we cannot genuinely enjoy peace. Here the artist wants once again to contribute unmasking the contemporary cynical condition.
Eugenio Merino lives and works in Madrid, where he was born in 1975. After achieving the BFA at Universidad Complutense in Madrid, he showed his works internationally and has participated in important fairs such as: Volta Basel (ADN Galería, 2010/2009), ARCO (solo Project, ADN Galería, 2010/2009), Volta New York (ADN Galería, 2009), Artefiera (ADN Galería, 2010), Art Brussels (ADN Galería, 2008). Recently, he has participated in the exhibition One Shot! Football nd Contemporary Art at BPS22 in Charleroi (Belgium), at the Biennial Animamix in Taipei (Taiwan, 2010) and will take part at the International Ink Art Biennale of Shenzhen (China) in December 2010.


He was born in 1975. He lives and works in Madrid, Spain.

Solo shows
We Don't Need Another Hero, ADN Galería. Barcelona, Spain
Global Warming, ADN Galería. Barcelona, Spain (catalogue)
Mondolirondo, Galería T20. Murcia, Spain
Mondolirondo, Galería Valle Orti. Valencia, Spain
Playtime, Galería T20. Murcia, Spain
Playtime, Galería La Fábrica. Madrid, Spain
That´s art Folks, Galería Cavecanem. Sevilla, Spain
Neverland, Sala Carlos III. Pamplona, Spain
Histeria del Arte, Foro Sur, Galería T20. Cáceres, Spain
Artoon, Galería T20. Murcia, Spain
Freakshow, Galería Bores y Mallo. Cáceres, Spain
Toontoon, Hotel y Arte, Galería T20. Murcia, Spain
2000 Obra muy reciente, Galería T20. Murcia, Spain

Group Exhibitions and International Fairs
ARCO, ADN Galería's booth, Madrid, Spain
Artefiera, ADN Galería's booth, Bologna, Italy
VOLTA BASEL '10, ADN Galería booth, Basel, Switzerland
Swab, ADN Galería booth, Barcelona, Spain
"One Shot! Football & Art Contemporain", B.P.S.22, Charleroi, Belgium
ARCO, ADN Galería booth, Madrid, Spain
Artefiera, ADN Galería's booth, Bologna, Italy
"Scratch", ADN Galería, Barcelona, Spain
"Animamix", MOCA Taipei, Taiwan
"UTOPIA? L´Art amb els Drets Humans", itinerante por Mallorca, Spain
Slick, Galería's booth, Paris, France
VOLTA BASEL 09, Galería's booth, Basel, Switzerland
VOLTA NY (solo project), Galería's booth, New York, USA
ARCO, ADN Galería's booth, Madrid, Spain
La comunidad desbordada, Pabellón Mixtos, Ciudadela, Pamplona, Spain
Arte Santander, Galería's booth. Santander, Spain
5 is Only a Number, ADN Galería. Barcelona, Spain
SWAB Art Fair, Galería's booth. Barcelona, Spain
Esculturismo. Madrid, Spain
Art Brussels, Galería's booth. Brussels, Belgium
ARCO, Galería T20. Madrid, Spain
Pop.7, Galería Suty. Bordeaux-Paris, France
S.O.S. 4.8, Art Festival. Murcia, Spain
Next, Galería T20. Chicago, USA
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Preview Berlin, Galería's booth. Berlin, Germany
SLICK Paris, Galería's booth. Paris, France
ARCO, Galería T20. Madrid, Spain
Dfoto, Galería T20. San Sebastián, Spain
Maco, Galería T20. Mexico
Foro Sur, Galería T20. Cáceres, Spain
Bâlelatina, Galería T20. Basel, Switzerland
ARCO, Galería T20. Madrid, Spain
Maco, Galería T20. Mexico
Foro Sur, Galería T20. Cáceres, Spain
Balelatina, Galería T20. Basel, Switzerland
ARCO, Galería T20. Madrid, Spain
Cinco, Galería T20. Murcia, Spain
Colectiva, Galería Cavecanem. Sevilla, Spain
Foro Sur, Galería T20. Cáceres, Spain
Valencia art, Galería T20. Valencia, Spain
Artsalamanca, Galería T20. Salamanca, Spain
Freakylandia, Galería T20. Murcia, Spain
ARCO, Galería T20 and Galería La Fábrica. Madrid, Spain
Fiera di Genova, Galería Lipanjepuntin. Genova, Italy
Fiac, Galería La Fábrica. Paris, France
The Armory Show, Nina Menocal Gallery. New York, USA
Foro Sur, Galería T20. Cáceres, Spain
Instinto, Galería Fúcares. Almagro, Spain
Arte y Cine, Galería Espacio Líquido. Gijón, Spain
ARCO, Galería T20. Madrid, Spain
Foro Sur, Galería T20. Cáceres, Spain
Heterogénesis, Galería Espacio Líquido. Gijón, Spain
Artissima, Galería T20. Turín, Italy
El tamaño no importa, Galería T20. Murcia, Spain

Curatorial Projects
2005 Cinco, Galería T20. Murcia, Spain
Freakylandia, Galería T20. Murcia, Spain
2004 Instinto, Galería Fúcares. Madrid, Spain

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