17 MARCH – 1 MAY 2011
“The feeling we have in front of an artwork is one of relational entity. Nothing in this entity would touch us if we did not perceive, even vaguely, that the artwork itself had built numerous and complex ties with its “outside”: the weight of the history surrounding it and the energies passing through, the destiny of the individual who produced it and the resonance that this artwork finds in our own destiny, the silence it imposes on us or the speech it urges us to produce. But nothing would maintain us in this position long enough if the work itself, at any given point, wasn’t also contributing to untying this web of relationships…This entity - this ball of relationships - is there for you to decide to take a point of view and to pull in one of its numerous threads towards you (1).”
Drawing its essence on this reflexion of the notion of artefact, Proteo (2) echoes the tradition of Found object: a practice initiated by the ready-made, the Dada and surrealist movements which have resonated throughout the history of art. Redefining sculpture as a practice based on assemblage and combination leads us to formulate improvised narratives and rethink the notion of reassignment. Through the mediums of sculpture, collage and performance video, the exhibition offers different approaches to the way metaphorical dialogues and other mental resonances question our conventions of behaviour and consciousness. Creators of unexpected logic, “free association” and other alternative juxtapositions, the artists in this exhibition emphasize the act of exploration in a number of artistic practices and interrogate the notions of limit, intensity and hierarchy between low and high culture.
Good Fall , 2010
118cm x 122cm x 8cm
Aluminium, Fluorescent tube, Cloth
Dexter Dymoke’s practice is characterized by a process of research and observation and explores the correlations and tensions between objects, materials and their engagement in space. In this way, his three-dimensional compositions and sculptural installations invite us to rethink the notion of “use” in an exploration of that which is overlooked in order to entice and reassign elements of their functionality. This instinctive and material-oriented process leads the viewer onto a mental journey during which metaphors and other improvised narratives smoothly intertwine towards non-paradigmatic states. Defined by a strong feeling of material recognition, Dymoke’s work drives us towards unstated territories where he explores and reinvents a poetry devised for these found objects.
David Bestué & Marc Vives ’ work
is based essentially on the elaboration of “actions” which
take place in public or private spaces and transcribed into video-installations.
Lead by a non-hierarchical approach, this duo of artists is united
by a strong intuition and sense of humour. They continually reference
popular and high culture which they use to highlight, with a hint of
irony, the antagonist relationship between art, our daily life and
our conventions of behaviour.
Lizi Sanchez’s sculptural practice is developed through the use of diverse materials ranging from the ones found in hardware to haberdashery stores while her collages exploit the richness and diversity of magazines. Characterised by a meticulous construction, Sanchez¹s work is defined by a preciousness that confronts the rigorous with the decorative and the frivolous additional detail. Her photomontages, constructed through mass-produced and luxury goods imagery, evoke the idea of fragmentation and multiplicity within modern life and are characterised by a dynamic movement and swinging rhythm challenging the achievement of perfect states of equilibrium. True representations of the whimsical nature of these materials, these surreal whirlwinds offer the viewer a playful relation to our surroundings.
(1) Translated from « Resonances du Readymade: Duchamp
entre avant-garde et tradition », Thierry de Duve, Editions
Jacqueline Chambon, Paris, 1989, p.7.
Dexter Dymoke lives and works in London, UK.
David Bestué & Marc Vives live and work
in Barcelona, Spain.
Lizi Sanchez lives and works in London, UK.
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