¡Reset!(II) Project curated by Valentín Roma.
From September 28 to December 31, 2013
Artists: Pep Agut, Miquel Barceló, Alfonso Borragán, Hannah Collins, Martí Guixé, Zhang Huan, Ken Lum, José Maldonado, Cildo Meireles, Mariona Moncunill, Felicidad Moreno, Perejaume, Plantalech, Jaume Plensa, Bernard Plossu, Jorge Ribalta, Humberto Rivas, Benet Rossell, Avelino Sala, Montserrat Soto, Lars Wunderlich, Guillermo Zuaznabar.
Back in 1989 when “PalmaDotze” gallery took its first steps, many were talking about a new beginning in history, about a reshaping of the geopolitical maps and how the artistic practices were beginning to go in new directions.
Just 35 days before, the Berlin Wall had fallen and the media insisted in warning us of the dangers and opportunities implicit in this end of an Era. On the other hand, the upcoming technologies invited us to believe that the world would cease to be and be represented in the same way.
Twenty five years have gone by since then and obviously, and although nothing has developed in the way it had been foretold, certain aspects can be retained from that tumultuous period:
The necessity to rethink all that we left behind as well as a certain urgency to build parameters through which we can continue to explore what the artists are doing and in which direction they are working.
¡RESET! Is a project that sets off with the laborious task of summarising the journey that “PalmaDotze” gallery has been through. Focusing on the relationship we have had with several artists who are, so to say, our main heritage. Nevertheless, ¡RESET! is also an opening towards the future, a renewed presentation of the activity that has taken place up until now, in another environment from which to achieve new energies and new challenges, hence the exclamation marks that accompany our proposal.
Our headquarters, Mas Pujó, which we inaugurate with this exhibition room, offers a privileged working space. It has alternative exhibition rooms and a long term program, that offer a professional horizon in accordance with the demands of the artistic stages in which we are working.
In this way, two distinctive but complementary activity areas are opened: An extended program throughout 2013 consisting of two large exhibitions where we will find the works of the most distinguished artists that have been part of our artistic journey, together with a bunch of new creators that will become part of this journey. At the same time, we will have a program that will consist of specific interventions, conceived for a very unique architectonical space in Mas Pujó, that will also take place in different moments of this year.
A landscape of what’s real- under this title, we find a compilation of a number of projects that explore the notion of landscape in all its width: from the plastic regard on nature to the investigation of how geopolitical environments are created and which is the dichotomy between artifice and natural.
Objections – This thematic scope offers a certain promenade around the different uses that the artists give the object, in relation to the mechanisms of decontextualization, recycling, tunning and narration, in order to create other tools
that differ from those which are merely operational, allowing the observer to get a glimpse of new symbolic universes and new possibilities of interaction.
Inexact documents – The photographic observation of reality, forms a register of this reality and, at the same time, it generates a phantasy regarding its possibilities or its opaque spaces. In this section, we find different works that seem to fade between a document and a mirage, between exactitude and vagueness.
Cities and people- This is a journey through the representations of individuals and their ways of reassembling or defining themselves according to different physical spaces (the city, urban commuting, social categories, etc…). They all, undoubtingly, unleash clichés, stereotypes and shortcomings about their own social, economic and political condition.
Art’s perimeters- Here we find a number of suggestions that offer an ironic reading of the ways in which art can be organized, defined and categorized. A parodic vision concerning the genres and about the decay of artistic languages, in a never-ending state of questioning.