– THE TOMATOES ARE FROM MY PARENT’S GARDEN by RICARDO TENA –
BRUCC is a story about creation that smell like good food, mountains and the Mediterranean. A story of love and passion for making, where every creation takes a bit from all of these ingredients. Using materials near his workshop in the mountains 10 kilometers from Barcelona, Ricardo Tena researches, experiments and crafts, piece by piece, a delicious collection dedicated to the kitchen and home.
The refined and ingenious sculpture-objects, which challenge traditional forms, while preserving natural resources and, with a touch of magic, bring much more to the table than a mere function. With wit and skill, Ricardo sprouts from sticks and branches, new creative concepts outlined with elegant subtlety and humility.
Ricardo Tena – born in Barcelona in 1977 – studied industrial design at the Llotja. The son of a blacksmith, he learned to weld and forge metal from an early age. Travel and music became part of his journey and two years ago, he was led back to the workshop by the hand of a gentler and more delicate material: wood.
Self-taught and skilled explorer, his work is charged with the movement of sinuous forms and the Mediterranean flavor.
BRUCC is a shared project with Rubén López.
– WE ARE NOT THE SAME, WE ARE SPECIAL by MINJI JUNG –
The concept for the piece is a tribute to the human being who lives across the globe and their different races, cultures, ideas and personalities. Every human being with his singularities is like a musical note and together in harmony humanity forms a song.
The subject of composition is unique: Porcelain, but every pieces is different externally. Each piece is unique in spite of the fact that they are all made up of the same ingredients – as human beigns: we are all the same, but we are different.
“The pieces are thin and delicate to be treated with care and respect in the same way we should treat and relate to humans.”
Minji Jung, born in Gimhae, South Korea, graduated in Fine Arts from the Seoul National University of Technology and currently finishing ceramic studies in ESDA Llotja in Barcelona. In 2012 she created her own atelier in Barcelona.
“Make art for everyday life is the motivation of my work. I make no shows or artifice, do useful art. Making pottery is my way to communicate between human beings that’s why most of my objects are utilitarian. I want to revolutionize the art to be accessible in everyday life.”
Fragments of Lusesita enchanted dream world, full of unique and magical creatures, arrive to us through her “Objetos de Compañia” . Unicorns, dinosaurs and other charming creatures are the leading characters behind this series of one off pieces made in glazed ceramics, carefully one by one. The result are playful character-object-sculptures with a naive soul, that tell us stories full of illusion and fantasy.
Building on what already exists is the logic that share these proposals, an idea that becomes a statement of intents. The ability to transform as creative strategy leads in these two proposals and in the same time share the irony as essential place from where can think the things.
On one hand, dissection is a collection of four jewels taken from the fragmentation of two symbolic figures of our Christmas tradition.
The other, returning to the jewel a dental prosthesis involves a movement that was born inside the body to the outside. Our precise and beautiful prosthesis outlast our bodies. Among the macabre, the ugly and the beautiful are an ambiguous space where I like to work.
– EXTRUSION BOWLS – by APPARATU
is one of the pieces which resulted from the workshop “Fragil” held by Apparatu in summer 2010. Guim Espelt i Estopà one of the participants, designed the pieces after discovering an apparently impossible texture. The process began with the deformation of a hollow cylinder of extrusioned clay, after which we focussed on the cracks that were generated.
By trial and error we hit on the formula in the wheel: for the creation of a bowl, the only way to conserve the cracks is to place the cylinder in the wheel and push from the centre towards the periphery. By expanding the grey mass while spinning, unique and random textures appear on the surface leaving the coloured interior as the only controlled element.
Fotos by Tata Ataneli http://www.tataneli.com/
– URBAN PRANK – by FITO CONESA
Opening: March 2, 2012
URBAN PRANK is an articulated statement by artist Fito Conesa including a series of collages and a redefined object. The work of Conesa evokes the aesthetic constructivist-tinged pop with an attitude, a geometric compositional structure, minimal and full of emotion.
Modernity has destroyed any possibility of fantasy and in this hostile environment, that slowly blurs human hope, escape becomes necessary. These breaks from the city’s tightness revitalize us. “Urban Prank” is an invitation to escape from our city’s rigor and – why not? – Do some mischief.
Fito Conesa, visual artist, lives and works in Barcelona. He is a resident artist in Hangar_ production center for visual arts.
– THE GELATIN SERIES –
“Gelatin has a structure that is invisible to the human eye, yet it captures light, and appears to be illuminated from within. At the same time the surface reflects and refracts the light around it. These properties give it an almost spiritual quality that is both very simple, and full of natural details”
Opening: December 2 2011