• NOV 17 to JAN 29
    Eva Ruiz
    Group Exhibition
    Multiverses

    Category

    • Group Exhibition
    • Emerging Artists

    Dates and Opening hours

    NOV 17, 2012 to JAN 29, 2013

    Monday to friday: 10.00 to 19.00 Saturday 11.00 to 14.30 - (afternoons by appointment)

    Event Location

    Eva Ruiz

    Doctor Fourquet, 3 · 28012 Madrid
    Madrid
    Spain

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    Information

    In art, as in science, whenever dealing with a group or collective, one must ask if the selected sampling is truly representative of reality as a whole; this question can be extended to any consideration of our universe within a multiverse.*

    There is an ongoing debate in the visual arts (not just the plastic ones), with regard to what can rightly be defined as art, and if it indeed has a function. "The predominant conceptions of art are based upon a huge misunderstanding of its function in human development. " (Elliot Eisner). I still believe, however, in the importance of the artist's vision of his or her own surroundings and its impact on our world. With its ability to make or represent something beyond what is purely functional, art is the most authentic human expression, the one that crosses all barriers, that transcends all predetermined limits.

    Much like Almudena Lobera's works, which consist of antique frames, devoid of any interior image, "taken" from the Museo del Prado in photographs made by the artist, which are presented in a marketplace as is a gallery, the small sampling of "voices" shown in in this exhibition entitled Multiverses "speaks" of diverse realities.

    There is a continuously growing artistic movement, ever more international, seemingly unnecessary yet vital, in which new foundations and forms of expression are becoming integrated. The artists, now more than ever, represent different voices that do not participate in a unified movement but bring together a complex world of expressions that define our present and future... The questions they ask are open-ended. Much like the theory of multiverses, or various parallel worlds that coexist as one is born from another.

    In this endless list of parallel activities, there is a group of creators that are pushing back art's frontiers, distancing themselves from the rigorous aesthetic canons of the past. Each one of them approaches a reality that is based not on a single theme but multiple ones. From the conceptual and the revisionist (Almudena Lobera's frames from the "Majas" de Goya that are removed from the context of the museum), to the religious and sociological (Faycal Bagriche's video with actors from Hollywood and the Middle East who converse in two languages within the same film, or the globe that spins so fast that any identifying characteristics of the countries are erased, the semantic and historical (Manuel Hidalgo's photographs that are self-destruction of his own myth), the geopolitical (the maps and lists of countries that are reorganized by Iñaki Chávarri), and even of what it means to be an artist today in the market in which he works (the highly ironic self-introductory and self-promotional video by Raúl Gómez Valverde).

    Today there is not a wave of artistic tendencies, but multiple individual expressions that coexist between a world of surging markets (such as the contemporary art market and that of "brands") and that of the very essence of expression and the ultimate meaning of art, the representation of a reality. Is the activity displayed in the majority of artistic circuits and domains a true reflection of reality? Does everything we see withstand harsh analysis? Do several voices speaking in different languages actually make us conscious of our reality? Or do we more and more "digest" art as a product of aesthetic consumption?

    The biennials, Documenta and other universal shows, that coexist with art fairs and market events are evidence of the fact that there are many contemporary art worlds living alongside each other. And of the fact that these multiple expressions only help to describe and contribute to transitional moments worldwide that have not yet been identified.

    Multiverses does not pretend to be anything more than a small sampling of several voices that "speak" through different mediums in an effort to address different concerns and realities. The exhibition offers more of a vision of what the artist is today and how he or she approaches the creative act of revindication, creation and formalization.

    Faycal Baghriche shows us the eastern vision of the western world with two pieces (video and sculpture) that are shown in two separate rooms.

    In the next room, five artists of the same generation enter into a dialogue of shared concerns and aesthetics that complement one another in an interpretative discourse on social values.

    EVA RUIZ


    *Our universe may only be an isolated island in the midst of an immense "multiverse". Many current models, both recognized (such as general relativity) and speculative (such as rope theory) naturally lead to multiverses. These multiple universes are not theories, but the consequences of those elaborated in order to answer specific questions about the physics of particles or gravity. Many of the main problems with the theory of physics –complexity and natural systems– thus find a natural explanation. This revolutionary proposal is not, however, free of conceptual risks and requires more profound epistemological reflection. – Aurélien Barrau

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