For Art 2016, we wish to dedicate our exhibition to artists whose work dialogue on the idea of urban echo and urban silence.
Jonathan Huxley (British – 1965) is offering to do a performance on the opening night, as he already did at in Trafalgar Square and in front of Center Pompidou in Paris in 2015. In his drawing and painting work, Jonathan Huxley relates a crowd of figures with an endless movement. His characters are repetitively drawn on canvas, paper or on the floor as a calligraphy.
The crowd transposes itself to the photographic project “Theater of the Untold” by Cedric Arnold (French-British– 1976) which illustrates the paradox of Bangkok between the hub of the group and the mute individuality. This series questions the relationship between modernity and tradition, staging Thai dancer-choreographer Jitti Chompee in the city’s sometimes unhuman urban landscape.
Aleix Plademut’s Nada series (Catalan – 1980) denunciates an urban world much too connected and globalized. The public space is over-populated by advertising messages and logos to a point that the word tend to lose its meaning. The artist presents itinerary installation where the word “nothing” is traduced in the local language (Arab, Chinese, English, etc)
Jorge Enrique’s installations of totems (Cubano-American – 1960) investigates the urban vision which the artist has been developing for the past 20 years. Suggesting wood, concrete, metal or glass, they are a metaphor of geometric constructions in which we live.
On the contrary, the crowds by François Bard (French – 1959) highlight the individual particularities, as a collection of portraits of our society. The heavy textures in the paintings, sanded, snatched, full of drippings remind us of city walls, damaged by time.
The proposed artists aim to witness of a world where people and constructions are merging into a monumental, global and cosmopolitan milling. They capture the authenticity - useful and yet fragile – of the human immersed in the urban mass.