Last Friday 23rd of October, at 8.00 pm, we inaugurated A propósito do debuxo (i.e. Regarding to Drawing) at the Torrente Ballester Centre of Ferrol (Spain). Earlier, at 7.00 pm, there was a round table during which we analysed the leitmotif of the exhibition and discussed in detail our interventions which were unpublished in its majority.
Regarding to Drawing -as its name suggests- is an exhibition that revolves around the theme of Drawing in its different plastic and conceptual art expressions. Specifically, this is an exhibition of contemporary drawing that has being developed in Galicia for the past years, in which I was privileged to participate with artists from different generations, such as the artist born in Ferrol Susana Bermejo, Bosco Caride, Tamara Feijoo, Elena Fernández Prada and Héctor Francesch. Each of us have come to this appointment through the invitation of Mónica Maneiro, director of Dardo Publishing House and curator of the project.
On the occasion of this event, I have created a specific installation titled Escenas campestres (i.e. Countryside Scenes) which has more than 2 metres of pencil drawing on wall. Among the many references that have contributed to the development of this piece, there are works by Manet, Muybridge and the ‘popular games’ of the paintings for tapestries by Goya. The created atmosphere starts from a hidden picnic that is behind the two canvas which can be seen getting closer to a tiny hole that goes through them. Towards both sides, the wooded landscape -made of pencil on wall- emerges and suddenly, we found two ladies from the late nineteenth century playing badminton. At the same time, through the holes of the cheese slices we can sense a hand reaching the hoof of a horse, perhaps the same horses running endlessly on the floor, giving the scene a more bucolic or pastoral character.
Torrente Ballester Centre
Concepción Arenal Street, no number, Ferrol (Spain).
From the 23th of October of 2015 to the 10th of January of 2016.
Escenas campestres (i.e. Countryside scenes), 2015
(Acrylic on canvas, pencil and acrylic on wall, oil on plaster, painted ceramics, paper, wood and videos.)
Photos: Stéphane Lutier and Marta Bran.