Last Monday, Brit Es hosted a very special event inspired by the cross-culture concept: a Supper Club created as a new way to connect with the artists and their practices. A new way to discover London’s Spanish art vibe in a new way: interacting with artists, tasting a secret menu and listening to the sound of a Steinway piano.
The event included conversations with four fabulous artists: Rosana Antolí, Gracjana Rejmer-Canovas, Ernesto Cánovas, Pablo A. Padilla Jargstorf, and a special menu created by Chef Antonio Sierra, who came from Extremadura for the event.
The Brit Es Supper Club was kindly sponsored by the Embassy of Spain in London, Bodega Soul, La Forja Restaurant and the collaboration of the Shoreditch Treehouse.
Playing piano: Sam Peña / Photos by Susana Sanromán
Special thanks to Deborah Rodríguez, Ben Ffrancon Davies and Ángel Villalba.
Javier Arce “Map of the Mould” en No20 Arts
No20 Arts is delighted to present Map of the Mould, a solo exhibition by Javier Arce. Featuring works on paper, installations and a video piece, Map of the Mould is the first solo show of the Spanish artist in the UK. The exhibition is part of the ongoing collaboration established between Galeria Carles Taché and No 20 Arts based on the common interest in promoting artists beyond their geographical contexts.
WeCollect, Scan and Spain Now are pleased to announce the opening of Matter, a group show with works by 13 international artists living and working in London: Holly Hendry, Ernesto Cánovas, Gracjana Rejmer, Robert Cervera, Patricia Pisanelli, Alan Sastre, Nora Aurrekoetxea, Antoine Langenieux-Villard, Silvia Lerín, Pablo Castañeda, Saelia Aparicio, Kristian Kragelund, Pablo A. Padilla Jargstorf.
“Matter” is the word for physical substance; it occupies space and possesses mass. At the same time matter is a subject for consideration, what happened, an incident, an episode; it is only a matter of time. But then again matter is also active, a state of significance, possibly fleeting; some things matter; it “Matter” to me. All three matter meanings are linked by a thread of weight or a measure of significance. If material “Matter”, if it is worthy of consideration, it may be as register of the development of an idea, or line of work. Reasoning is the act of thinking about something in a logical manner; material reasoning might be a manner or practice of thinking through material investigation, repetition, play or studio procedures. The artists participating in Matter pursue varied practices but share an interest in the investigation of material and work matter with and against meaning. Material and apparent meaning sometimes align, but not always; “Matter” are not what they seem. Like Peter Pan’s shadow, meaning can slip off, come unstuck. Peter’s shadow comes off when he flies out a closing window. What kind of synthesis occurs when meaning breaks loose? “Matter” holds meaning and lets it go. The thought moves on. The material remains, on the floor, the table, the wall. Maybe a new process begins. New Materialisms places matter at the centre of art practice and emphasise production over discourse and preferences the value of physicality and materiality over conceptual models based on language or syntax. Matter is what we see, and what we use to make. The works in Matter explore the possibilities of making and of material and play thoughtfully with what “Matter”.
Text “Matter” by WeCollect, Scan and Spain Now
Ira Lombardía (Asturias, Spain, 1977) at the second edition of SCAN summer residency program in London
LONDON. Ira Lombardía “SCAN-AR #2. ARTISTS RESIDENCY”. July 2018. Scan Project Room
Ira Lombardía (Asturias, Spain, 1977) is the selected artist for the second edition of SCAN summer residency program. She will be occupying the SCAN project room as her studio and production space during the month of July.
Getting down to writing about Mª José Arceo’s latest artistic project ‘Future Dust’ is as difficult as trying to sum it up in just a few lines. If it’s an origin story you’re after, you could say that it all started with 2014’s eXXpedition Crew, which set sail for Martinique from Lanzarote, crossing the Atlantic as part of UNESCO’s Atlantic Odyssey. 14 women embarked on the journey: scientists, designers, film-makers, biologists, ecologists, and an artist, María. With the help of her expedition partners, she was able to explore the impact of microplastics on our environment and our lives. To achieve this, she started to gather up all the microplastics that she came across in order to create little crystal installations that would be shown in her future exhibits. Anyone who sees one of these artistic interventions finds themselves faced with a poignant story about microplastics that begins and ends with us.
In a post apocalyptic world the circus is forced to continue its show every night, on and on into the future. As the night plays out the circus performers slip between their on stage personas and the person they dream to be; trapped by their own desires and lusting after new sensations.
Angela de la Cruz wins the prize ‘National Plastic Arts Award, 2017’ in Spain. Yesterday the jury unanimously awarded “the intensity of her work, which explores the complex relationship between the illusionist space of the painting and the physical presence of the sculpture”.
“In One Breath”: The latest exhibition of Ernesto Canovas at Halcyon will show his Barcelona’s influences.
For the past year, Serrano Rivas has been working on her biggest project to date — a lyrical film entitled ‘The Dream follows the mouth (of the one who interprets it)’. Shot within the Swiss Church in London, the film considers the influence that architecture has on activities that exist within, or in relation to it. This is evident in the film’s scenography, which echoes architectural motifs of the building — for example, the mirrored walls and panels, geometric forms and the semicircular shape of the church’s apse.