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Wadström Tönnheim Gallery starts out the season with solo shows by two, and in their own unique way, minimalistic Spanish artists. The established (Andalusian based) conceptual painter José Medina Galeote shows his exhibition ”Feel the need”, and the Madrid based Sculptor Odnoder (represented by gallery Espacio Primavera 9) who creates most of his art work in wood. In the new show room in the front space it will be a design exhibition by the brand Ferromagno who will display its latest collection created by their designer Andrea Di Carlo. Andrea presents “Verses of Texture”, a clearly defined series of artistic objects which find in craftsmanship their milestone to reach excellence.
José Medina Galeote makes use of painting and its conceptual derivations to reflect on the pictorial act itself. The reproduction of objects and drawings in different media and on different material allows him to present the spectator with a type of game that can be challenging, violent or disturbing. In it, the roles of artist and viewer seem to become confused or to change places, but this game inevitably leads to a profound reflection on artistic practices in general and on painting in particular. Galeote has been able to combine the age-old questioning of the nature of painting (almost as old as the art form itself) with a language or device such as camouflage, which was fully developed from the early 20th century and onwards. It is here that we encounter one of the numerous transferences between art and war. This is because artistic formulas frequently originating in Cubism and Surrealism were applied to the art of war in order to obtain protective camouflage. One such example is “dazzle” painting, which was indebted to Cubism and which basically consisted in making an object unrecognizable through the application of stripes or other geometrical lines or colors.
Galeote has succeeded in construction a particular aesthetic that makes him stand out in a radical manner, both stylistically and in the ideas that underlie his artistic strategy, which has acquired coherence over the course of time. This has come about through the judicious encounter that he has established between camouflage and a meta-pictorial investigation that has led him to constantly question the specific characteristics of painting and drawing from the standpoint of those disciplines themselves. In contrast to other artists who devote themselves to the aesthetic of camouflage, Galeote stands out for not using it in a particularly critical or political way, not as an exercise of militant resistance but as a way of investigating painting. Also on an aesthetic level, his work has clear references to the minimal and conceptual art of the 1960: artists like Bruce Nauman, Trisha Brown or Ivonne Rayner became their work a source of research and experimentation artistic. They questioned the very concept of representation and led to the art to a basic exploration of reality. Galeote has exhibited in several important solo and group exhibitions such as Contemporary Art Center Málaga. BIENNAL ART CONTEMPORARY Pamplona, BIENNAL DE Valencia and Centre Pompidou.
Odnoder (full name Pablo Redondo Díez) creative process follows a subtle dialogue between inspiration and the nature of the work material. Each wood has a different cellular structure, and each piece has a unique arrangement of knots and veins. Some woods give great freedom to be carved. Others require not just departing from the mode of growth of the tree they come from. Some slender forms need an oily wood, such as Burmese teak. Others ask for the expressiveness of the veins of the olive tree, the diamond-shaped texture of an oak, or the color of the lemongrass.
Many moments of inspiration comes to Odnoder in the middle of nature, walking alone in the mountains. Some logs that he find along the way suggest a certain way. On other occasions he has the form imagined, waiting for a piece of wood capable of housing it. In both cases, when he start carving a piece of wood, the shape he has in his head is altered by the interior structure of the piece, invisible from the outside. The wood speaks to Odnoder and he is modifying any previous idea to adapt to it. While creating he like to think that something similar happens when a person attracts you and you begin to feel before you know. Its exterior appearance is the first thing that inspires you, but its presence is modified by discovering the mysteries of its interior. Odnoder has been exhibited at galleries and art fairs in the south of Europe.
Andrea Di Carlo presents Verses of Texture, a clearly defined series of artistic objects which find in craftsmanship their milestone to reach excellence. This carefully arranged collection of craft works not only revisits and refreshes traditional and popular craftsmanship, thanks to a meditated recovery of techniques, noble materials and classic construction processes, but it also succeeds in integrating in a natural way in the areas of conceptual research and development of the most contemporary creations. Her pieces have been designed and created with a site specific character, carrying a calling to fill defined spaces with a soul and energy of their own.
For this new show the designer has nurtured – as has become a tradition in her methodology – of her own experience, experimentation and the possibilities inherent to each material, and in this way delving into new ways of making: using technological abilities at the service of her imagination in order to question us with unique objects awaiting to be lived. Andrea Di Carlo is an Argentinian designer based in southern Spain, and her creations come to life under the brand Ferromagno.
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