Corners of(f) Society

Colab Gallery
Weil am Rhein, Germany
November 2018 – April 2019

Project in collaboration with Luce

Curated by Daniel Künzler

www.colab-gallery.com

After our first collaboration in 2015 that focused on the idea of the periscope and the ability to see through a wall, we did it again with more portable devices and new shapes to try and experiment with them in different situations in the city. The objects were shown alongside pictures of the actions we completed with them.

Periscopes

 

Curator’s text:

On 24th November 2018, the Colab Gallery will openned its doors for the group exhibition “Corners Of(f) Society”, featuring seven international artists that work with, around and in urban areas.

We would like to ask visitors the question how and why places function, and which impact the geographical environment has on perception and behavior. If you have, e.g., several possibilities to reach a supermarket, you would choose a certain route according to your mood.

During your daily life, you efficiently choose the shortest way, that unfortunately leads along a noisy, four-lane road. Then again, you deliberately look for a route, that leads you away from the actual place of destination taking you to interesting places, an abandoned house, an open terrain or a park at the city’s´ outskirts. However, losing your orientation and just strolling along, can also be seen as something positive, something that triggers your thirst for adventure and allows unexpected things to happen. Every one of us has his daily rituals, that are not only determined by functionality.

You can tell stories about some places, others you will seek because you feel comfortable there or because you are striving for a certain mood, or because the atmosphere and aura there bring back memories. Wandering around means getting lost, being active, collecting things you find in the street, getting onto a metro, the next bus and climbing out somewhere else, having deleted the common reason for getting from A to B. It means actively soaking up the terrain, the people, the animals or the trash in the streets. Without perspectives and intention, there is more to discover.

The participating artists show with alert eyes aesthetic glances of cities, peripheries, and surprising encounters. We are looking forward to present the works of Relfy (Can), Cyop & Kaf (It), Swampy (Usa), Bruno Rodrigues & Fábio Vieira (Bra), Road Dogs (Fr), Raskalov & Makhorov (Rus), LUCE & Eltono (Es).

Thanks a lot to Danny, K100, Marc and to the whole Colab crew..

Funambuls

Casal Solleric
Passeig del Born 27, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
April 2018

Curated by Jordi Pallarès

Mouldings:

Palma is full of architectural and decorative elements as interesting as they are peculiar. The artist select some of them to reproduced the space they generate cutting the three-dimensional negative space of these geometric fragments. They are shapes that one could easily touch and perfectly recognize with his finger. Wooden mouldings that the artist makes us locate and fit in while we discover others. A different look on the city aesthetic.

Rub:

One of the smallest street in the city has been intervened by the artist. Blue, red and green. The participants have to find it, rub their black backpacks on it and impregnate them with these colors. A dust that they will release immediately on the exhibition space walls with another body rub. A loading and downloading exercise where the contact of the body with the wall connects us with the city activity and leave some traces that talk about our presence in it. A subtle collective “pollination” that, beyond the possible accidents, wants to eliminate borders between indoor and outdoor while it gives back respect to the others and towards what’s on our back.

Random Itineraries:

By throwing a dice you can randomly stroll around the city. Randomness leads us into streets that we don’t usualy know while we’re playing and tracing the generated itinerary on a map. Absurd and persistent, open or closed, these broken lines show our activity when we act as funambulist. Geometric and irregular routes that, magnifying their scale, are reassigned and reinterpreted by the artist in the exhibition space.

Petrogliphs:

Following clues, the idea is to find images or signs that others carved in the walls’ stones. A calcareous stone typical from the Balearic Islands that register every type of interventions and erosion of the passing time. Walls where suggestive anonymous traces are detected and reproduced on paper. An activity that gives the opportunity to discover incisions as footprints accumulated by those that coincided in the same place transcending (beyond) time.

Chalk Line:

This activity consists in the making of a collective, generative and random mural drawing full of uncertain straight lines. Using the chalk line as a classic tool used in construction work, each participant marks a line that is the result of joining the coordinates of two points. Dice randomness choose the length and inclination of each line while the whip of the historic blue pigment marks the wall. The same pigment that is used to whitened clothes. Personalized distances that are traced with tension and liable to be returned to the street.

Exhibition view:

Pictures: Jordi Pallarès, Yago Marqués and Eltono
Graphic design: Javier Siquier

 

 

Anomalías

SET Espai d’Art
Plaza Miracle del mocadoret 4, Valencia, Spain
September 15th – November 11th 2017

www.setespaidart.com

I’m always looking for new systems to make the city part of my creative process. Each experiment I do is a series and, to be able to compare the results, I carry out these experiments very rigorously and methodically. In the process, I often find myself in strange situations, off-key from the reality that surrounds me. In the city’s routine, my actions can be perceived like anomalies. The generated artworks act as testimonies of the experience lived between the artist and the city.

6 aros (6 hoops)

This project started with a map of Valencia. I looked for itineraries with the most circular shape possible. I found six. I created a wooden sculpture from each itinerary. Subsequently, I walked each sculpture in the city on the very path it represents. Each walk varied from 1 to 6 km. I presented the sculptures as they were at the end of each walk.

Piedras pintadas (painted rocks)

I looked for rocks in the streets around the gallery. I found 14. For each one, I noted down the exact place where it was found. I brought the rocks to the studio and I painted them with 3 coats of 3 different colors. Then, I brought each one of them back to the place where I found it and from this point, I kicked it through the street until it entered by the gallery door.

Dibujos en la EMT (drawings in the bus)

Running away from the comfort and the security of the studio, I drew pictures while sitting inside the urban buses of the city of Valencia. I drew the same composition 12 times during 12 journeys on different bus lines. Every imperfection on the drawings are the result of the annoyance and discomfort produced by the movement of the trip. I not only had no absolute control over my drawings but I also had no control on where the bus was bringing me; at the end of each drawing, when I raised my head, most of the time I was totally lost.

La Ville et le Mouvement

Le Pilori visual arts space
Place du Pilori, Niort, France
September 27th – November 10th 2017
Exhibition organised for the 4e mur festival by Winterlong gallery.
Participating Artists: Jeroen Jongeleen and Eltono

www.winterlong-galerie.com

Détours

Six 20 minute random itineraries starting from the exhibition space door. At each intersection, a die is used to determine where to go. The result is materialised by six painted wooden sculptures.

RUFO

A painting is dragged in the street, with the painted side facing the floor. The route, a loop in the city, is fixed beforehand. The board is exhibited as is with a map showing the route.

G.A.S

Horizontal printing system using street movements. Each print is exposed to traffic for at least an hour.

 

Photos: Eric Surmont et Eltono
Videos: Victor Thiré

Crossroad #3

Doppelgaenger Gallery
Via Verrone 8, Bari, Italy
Double solo show with Italian artists Sten&lex
May 4th – September 20th 2017

www.doppelgaenger.it

I showed three different bodies of work:

Percorsi Aleatori, three collages on paper representing three 10 minutes random itineraries that I executed in the streets of Bari Veccia using a dice in my pocket.

Esculture Casuali, a random sculpture experiment where the length and angle of each segment composing the sculpture were decided at random.

Morceaux Choisis, eight randomly generated woodcuts following the rules of generative mural Modo n.º7.

Fluctuación

Antonia Puyó Gallery
Calle Madre Sacramento 31, Zaragoza, Spain
September 29th – November 19th 2016

This new series of works is built on the itineraries generated by wandering randomly in the streets of Zaragoza. The exercise consisted in walking half an hour in the city using a dice at each intersection to determine where to go next. The artist and more than 60 participants performed the experiment and the results were translated to different medias: a wall painting in the Delicias Park, three sculptures, three collages, five paper cut-outs and a video.

Pictures by Daniel Pérez

Modo n.º11 – generative and participative painting:
4 days and over 60 participants – project curated by Antonia Puyó Gallery for Asalto Festival.

Pictures by Antonia Puyó Gallery and Asalto Festival

Text by Estela Rojo (in Spanish):

TRANSITAR Entre DELICIAS (Y GALERIAS)

Explorar, experimentar, observar, participar o deambular son términos ya habituales en el trabajo de Eltono. Artista del espacio público, como él se define, crece artísticamente desde la práctica vinculada al graffiti más puro, para evolucionar en la búsqueda de soportes y lenguajes que no sólo actúen en el espacio público sino que lo activen, generando líneas de reflexión sobre nuestra forma de relacionarnos y mirar nuestro entorno inmediato.
Sus acciones se han revelado la mayoría de las veces a través de la geometría y los colores planos, generando un código muy personal cargado de simbologías cercanas a lo caligráfico que interactuan con el espacio y hacen partícipe al contexto arquitectónico. El azar es uno de los condicionantes importantes que marca la dirección de su ir, introduciendo la aleatoriedad y el juego en sus procesos. Aparecen componentes lúdicos que tienen que ver con esa idea del disfrute, de la libertad del salir a vivir la calle y dejarse llevar por elementos que ella misma le proporciona, a veces de forma imprevisible, otras marcada por formulas autoimpuestas. Eltono pinta, arrastra, pega, clava, mide, genera nuevas experiencias desde la exploración y la deriva. Un sinfín de posibilidades, combinaciones y experimentos que van renovando su propia investigación formal.

Nacido en Francia su transitar vital le ha llevado a dejar una fuerte huella en España donde ha vivido durante más de una década formando parte de colectivos como Equipo Plástico, Noviciado 9 o trabajando junto a artistas como Nuria Mora, Momo y Luce entre otros. De esta forma su trabajo ha ido constituyéndose como uno de los referentes en el arte urbano español desde inicios de los noventa, en plena efervescencia del movimiento, hasta nuestros días. “De Madrid al cielo” dicen, en su caso Pekín, Londres, México, Varsovia etc… son numerosas las ciudades que recogen la huella de su “deambular” por las calles, a veces de forma clandestina y en otras bajo proyectos amparados por galerías e instituciones.
Este es el contexto en el que hoy nos encontramos: el espacio privado, un reto al que ya se ha enfrentado en numerosas ocasiones y que aborda como una más de las “tensiones” que un artista urbano afronta. En su caso este conflicto de “territorio a combatir” lo resuelve apropiándose de ese lugar como si se tratara de un mero contenedor de experimentos, una base logística o un escaparate más. Disuelve las fronteras convirtiendo la galería en un espacio para la invitación, donde romper barreras que separan al artista de aquel que ¿no lo es? proponiéndole, eso sí, sus propias reglas del juego. Genera dinámicas cercanas al espectador y formas colaborativas de producción ya que el propio visitante puede compartir mediante un dibujo su propia exploración del recorrido y colocarlo junto a las piezas de Eltono estableciendo innumerables diálogos.
El resultado de sus acciones en el Barrio de las Delicias, durante el festival ASALTO y en el entorno de la galería, se recogen en la sala de forma abierta, proponiendo enlaces con la experiencia directa del territorio urbano. Pasear por lugares conocidos y compartir esos recorridos por los que el propio artista se ha dejado llevar en un proceso de descubrimiento, hace que el concepto de transitar o recorrer el mismo espacio tome gran importancia en la configuración de la psicogeografía del barrio.
El artista reivindica a través de sus acciones y sus piezas un arte de contexto, incidiendo en su dimensión social. Nos hace conscientes del poder transformador del trabajo artístico en nuestra propia percepción de los lugares cotidianos, mediante un gesto tan sencillo y revelador como… caminar.

www.antoniapuyo.com
www.festivalasalto.com

Venturing Beyond

Somerset House
London, U.K.
Exhibition curated by A by P
3 March – 2 May 2016

Footpaths
Four 15′ walking performances
Black ink on 285 g. Fabriano Rosaspina paper 100 x 70 cm, 2′ video


Rules:

  1. The participant of the action selects an area of public space and defines a specific time period.
  2. The perimeter of this predefined space is then circled in a clockwise fashion.
  3. When an outsider visible to the participant enters the perimeter, the participant must immediately attempt to reach the outsider’s point of intrusion.
  4. If the perimeter is further breached  during the attempt to reach the initial intruder’s entry point, this subsequent point becomes the new target.
  5. Once an intrusion point is reached, the participant continues circling the perimeter until either a further intruder enters or the time limit is reached.
  6. Finally a drawing is generated; a testimony to the footpath experience.

www.a-by-p.com
www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/venturing-beyond