For some years, the interest of Mercedes Mangrané has orbited around the consumer society, public space, the privatization and the spectacularization of nature, formalizing it mainly with painting and video.
For her first solo exhibition at Ana Mas Projects, Mercedes Mangrané shows "Recompensa" (“Reward”), a series of paintings and a video installation about the sport imagery as a reinforcement of consumption habits. From her immediate daily life, she works around the traces and narrations of effort and individualism distilled from the leisure spaces, -from instagram to gymnasium-, through the study of archetypes associated to comfort. When the line between public and private spaces is blurry due to an overexposed life, leisure spaces are joined as business and the notion of "taking care" becomes an exercise of visibility of one's own effort. It is at this point that the artist stands to propose a tour of different series (“Shade”, "Clumsy", "Hold on", "Machines", etc) that from the very plasticity of painting - as if it was a metaphor of the impossibility of a body to return to its original dimension after the load that caused the deformation - metaphorically challenges the reflection about a society that describes itself from the narratives of triumph and efficiency: foggy and bordered windows create a supposed confusion between the "indoors” or "outdoors”; Gym infrastructures posing as characters; Industrial elements of furniture protections, etc.
From a chromatic kindness - pastel colors, soft monochromes, greasy fillings - the artist tries the devices to become harmless despite the biopolitical order, which talks us about life control.