Rafael Munárriz presents in Italy, in Galleria Macca, Sulla curve chiusa | On the closed curve, shows personal of the Navarrese artist that exposes for the first time in the Transalpine country, curated by Marta Ramos-Izquierdo.
Rafa Munárriz (Spain, 1990) captures, collects and stores actions and materials, from the smallest details to the bigger structures that he obtains during his daily observation. His alerted gaze identifies not only materials but also energies, these ones associated to the idea of the construction as social progress. With this personal archive he analyses established codes in predetermined contexts. Those codes that are presupposed – for example the ones existing in Nature – as well as the ones imposed by social dynamics – already present in ancient times.
In his first show at Gallery Macca, the artist will present a series of drawings, sculptures and a video installation, based on the study of race tracks, especially the one dedicated to Formula 1 competitions in Interlagos, São Paulo. These racing tracks and also the Greek arenas – their historical model – are examples of the application of the closed curve. The works are, in this sense, an ensemble that allows us to reflect on flux, routes, circuits or transits, and – key of his practice – their feasible transformations produced by the alteration of those codes. How to open the circle? Where could its infinite line carry us? What new meanings could appear if we find routes out of the circuit, out of the box, out of the island?
Munárriz, proposing a transformation of the transit of the energy in his circuits – or in other words, changing the codes of the original circuit – gives us a metaphor on small scale of a subversion in a social system or structure.