Swab Ephemeral 2018
Softbodies, not ahead but inside
For the second time Swab presents the Ephemeral program, a selection of installative works that enhance the interaction of the public with the pieces. For this edition of Ephemeral, under the name of Softbodies, not ahead but inside, we have the participation of the curator Caterina Almirall and the collaboration of the Creation Factories of Barcelona such as Hangar, La Escocesa and Fabra i Coats.
Softbodies, not ahead but inside, proposes an exercise of imagination through the use of visual language and the exploration of materials. The idea of body refers to the installative and sculptural work of the artists that are presented in this program, that offer a presence, a resistance or a space in which to circulate. These works propose to imagine universes that are not ahead but inside, in the material, textual or virtual folds of this same world and the bodies that inhabit it. They talk about the relationship we establish with the environment, they alert or accompany us in the exercise of erasing the boundaries between where we end up and where the world begins. They deal with issues such as ecology, the transformation of personal identity, the artistic context itself or the relationship with the materials that they work with.
In parallel to the exhibition of the projects, there will be visits to the Creation Factories with the Swab Collectors Program. Thus, the project covers several fronts being as nutritious as possible for the emerging creators. On the one hand, it has the participation of an expert curator who provides an academic and conceptual perspective, and on the other hand, it has a platform for visibility market and exposure to the public, such as Swab.
The objective of this program is to provide a space and give visibility to artistic processes that result in works that go beyond the limits of the gallery exhibition. Under the eyes of Almirall, these works that demand space, interaction and contact with the public come to Swab to make visible the trends that are shaking the contemporary art scene and that need a bridge between creation, exhibition, market and collecting.
In a horizon where cities dominate the landscape, the human being is an important actor in front of the need to think a more sustainable and livable city. Besòs: a noble ecosystem is a project that focuses on the old relationship between the city and the river, in this case the Besòs river that passes through the metropolitan area of Barcelona, and has its mouth at Sant Adrià distric.
This is a research project in process that in its different phases has involved work with people from the neighborhood adjacent to the river, thus becoming a collaborative project, and it had also the collaboration of organizations such as IDENSITAT. Some of the activities consisted on walks along the edges of the river and the surrounding parks to explore an environment where the city and the river collapse, observing what is there, what happens, what activities are carried out, and collecting and identifying materials belonging to this ecosystem.
In Swab, DUAE presents a sample of these materials: plant and mineral specimens, cartographies and drawings of the areas visited, images and photographs of the environment, and also a video that documents and recounts this process and what they have found throughout the work developed in a small analysis of the situation.
DUAE- Besòs: a Noble Ecosystem. Photograph taken in prospective walks through the Besòs riverbed, 2018.
Irma Marco - The void
Irma Marco's work starts from pre-existing elements (sounds, images, discourses or particular contexts), and creates new contents from materials that already have a past, a presence, and generates new meanings that put in question the meaning of 'the original'. She carries out a research about the plurality of possible narrations and the recording of events, often in the context of non-hegemonic spaces, collectives and ideas, interested in the way in which the discourses that arise from these can question the established.
The void is a piece that is based on a song by a musical group from the 80s, which is surrounded by an aura of mystery since the members of this group did not want to reveal their identity. The artist develops a research on this band, called "The Initiates", and locates some of its former members, on the other hand she appropriates a phrase of the song and takes it to a space where it acquires new meanings.
The exploration of the use of the text, both in music and in the exhibition space, and the multiplicity of meanings, is one of the research axes of this project. The piece includes the original song and fragments of codified research, which distort the song and create a new sound.
Irma Marco - El vacío. Mural installation and audio, 2017
Julia Calvo - The pavilion of the assembled artists
Julia Calvo works with installations from the a site-specific practice, in relation to the space in which she intends to intervene. Recently she has worked with textile material, in a work that seeks to create a space that delimits the inside and outside, between the symbolic and the experiential, creating fabric structures that the visitor has to traverse, like small cabins or shelters.
The proposal that she brings to Swab, The pavilion of the assembled artists, based on this idea, and formalizes in an installation of a fabric structure, which forms a small space and which, located in a place of passage of the fairground, it compels the visitors to enter. The piece seeks to generate a reflection on the context of the art fair itself, specifically on the space and temporality with which these events are conceived and the ephemeral architecture that welcomes them. It points out the controversy of artistic production as an object of commodification, and at the same time the same fair context and its tradition throughout history.
Julia Calvo - Installation Be Me, Nylon Ripstop and fiberglass, 2018
Julia Gorostidi - Julia, Rosa, Angela and the Others After Her
For this project, the artist has created a fictional character that envolves in successive stages (Julia, Rosa, Angela ... Eva), to deepen the investigation of biography, daily life, influences and decisions of an imaginary but paradigmatic character. The project aims to create an identity that is a reflection of the world that surrounds it, for this reason each of the identities are a fluid character that is constructed and transformed by the subjectivity of other people. Sometimes mirror, sometimes sponge, this fictitious identity is built on the basis of the information given by those who the character meets in person or through social networks, in actions carried out by the artist, so that it becomes a sort of a "collective person" that represents the society that evolves. Thus, the project includes a level of reflection on stereotypes, especially gender and race, that influence the formation of identity.
In Swab the artist will exhibit four ceramic sculptures from which an audio recorded during the consultations with some fortunetellers will be playing, these encounters were the ones that originated the information by which the character was initiated.
Julia Gorostidi - Julia, Rosa, Angela and the Others After Her. Ceramic with sound. Audio: consultations with fortune-tellers, 2017.
In her work Lara Fluxá proposes the action of measuring as a useless strategy to face the uncertainty that surrounds us, and that, in fact, limits the possibilities of perceiving what is analyzed beyond the result that it offers. That is why she works with the borosilicate glass, which is currently used to elaborate laboratory tools, and she uses to produce measurement instruments that show the error, the deviation and the fragility of the relationship with the environment.
For Swab, she proposes an installation based on fragments and sculptures from his most recent works, where she explores the relationship with the materials she has normally worked on throughout his career, especially glass. The work in the workshop with this material reveals a relationship in which everyone has something to say: the artist, the material, the blowing process. Despite its apparent flexibility in the manipulation process, the glass offers resistance, and puts us on alert by stressing our gestures. When it breaks is because it has reached the limit of its resistance, and then we are left with nothing but fragments or ruins.
The installation in the exhibition space generates tensions between the organic, bright, transparent shapes of the glass sculptures, and the fragility that we know they hold. The interaction with the work, creates a space of observation and alertness that is the central point of her work.
Lara Fluxà, 2018
Marina Rubio - Wild toys
Wild toys is conceived as a playground in which we find different playful elements. It starts with the concept of a 'system' to generate structures of different formats based on the aesthetics of construction and creation games that imply a manual action.
It is based on systems linked to the game to create a series of pieces that speak of matter as "wild energy, which through processes of self-organization and morphogenesis, generates the structures that surround us" (Manuel de Landa). It proposes how human action forms structures and objects created with the intention of prolonging human expectations over time, considering the body as an object among other bodies.
The installation consists of elements that refer to the matter: some of them incorporate seeds that grow in the raw mud, giving rise to live pieces and elements that generate contrasts between the stability of the mineral and the organicity of the vegetable. It is conceived as a relational system that includes the material, the formal and the spatial; where dualisms arise: matter-space, permanent-ephemeral, work-context.
Marina Rubio - Hiperobjetos, 2016
In collaboration with: