Last November (2009), Teo Sabando contacted us with a proposal to donate a number of his works to the ARTIUM Foundation. The works concerned were two of his most important series: The Garden on the Same Day, a unique work consisting of 24 large-format drawings and photographs; and The Poor Man’s Garden, comprising 14 inter-related works. These series first took shape in two artist’s books of the same titles, recently acquired by the museum. The body of drawings, works, books and the process itself will be displayed in PRAXIS in April and May.
During this period, the artist will take us on a journey through his oeuvre, the starting point being the work in his artist’s books. These objects, which came into being as part of a natural process of compiling data and ideas, are in numerous forms and different sizes. Between them, they encompass the conceptual development of his work, projects, drawings, photographs, poems and so forth. It is somewhat paradoxical that these small pieces, which contain the creative and intellectual universe of the brothers Félix and Teo Sabando, and latterly that of Teo alone, should be practically unknown except to the few privileged private collectors who own them. The handing of these books, which the artist himself will consider and contextualise over the course of two days each week, will be recorded on camera, making it possible for us to access and disseminate their content and conceptualisation in the future.
The project will gradually grow over the course of the weeks due to the inclusion in the exhibition of other books by Sabando as he comments on them. Those already covered can be viewed on a monitor that will also furnish information regarding the artist and his work. A display case will present various objects that form part of his creative process. Papers, notes and notepads, sketches and poems share the same logical order as pebbles, minerals, mollusc shells and thorns. Nature as a mode of knowledge which, in the work of Teo Sabando, is transposed into art in a breath of life through his exquisite and polished technical execution.