Pelaires arrives at the largest contemporary art event in Spain with a display which they are constantly updating. At ARCO Jorinde Voight and Christian Jankowski are being presented for the first time. They are the great innovations and will be alongside Frank Nitsche, whose work was first presented by Pelaires at the recently held MACO fair in Mexico. Also on its stand (7B11) they will be exhibiting works by artists who have recently appeared at the Gallery, such as Jason Martin, Prudencio Irazábal, Rafael Munárriz and Guillermo Rubí.
The director of Pelaires, Frederic Pinya, explains that "our incorporation of new artists is a sign that shows the process of renewal which we are working on at Pelaires. One always has to be attentive, researching in depth because contemporary art is very dynamic and that is why at ARCO we are proud to present our offering, which everyone who visits our stand will be able to see". Pinya points out that "the new-comers are Jorinde Voight and Christian Jankowski, who are being presented for the first time, and Frank Nitsche, who has already been with us in Mexico, in Zona MACO." All three have their residence in Berlin, a city that is of great relevance in contemporary European creativity. These are artists who are already recognized by critics and collectors, and their languages are very different from each other, making this an extraordinary time to start working together."
In addition to these innovations, Pelaires also presents artists who have recently exhibited in the Gallery, such as Jason Martin, Prudencio Irazábal, Rafael Munárriz and Guillermo Rubí. The director of Pelaires highlights that, "in short, this is a sample of our exhibition work, what can be seen at ARCO is consistent with the lines we have followed over the last two years, adding some new features which underpin the renewal we are carrying out". The work of Jorinde Voigt (Frankfurt, 1974) is present in various museums and private and public collections, such as the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Museum of modern art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin, the Art Collection Bonn, Hamburger Kunsthalle in Hamburg and Grafische Sammlung in Munich. Her three-dimensional works and paintings can be read as conceptual models of thought, through which she examines reality and perception. Voigt experiments with different materials which are constantly varied, combined and developed. In the last few months she has been working mostly with works on paper, providing a particularly special and innovative series of works that is characterised by her great creative moment; an explosion of colour and her way of taking her complex pictorial world to its finale. A selection of these papers can be seen on our stand.
With regard to Christian Jankowski (Göttingen, 1968), we could say that he uses human relations, humour, or even any of the countless modern communication tools available to trade punches with history, politics, and the language of art. His works are almost always "performances", both literally and figuratively, insofar as their carefully calibrated settings and interactive scenarios sometimes involve unsuspecting participants; telly-evangelists, fortune tellers, border guards and professional magicians have all colluded innocently with him to become "co-authors" of his extensive work. For ARCO, a series of emblematic pieces of the artist's works have been selected as is the case of the Visitors 2010 series or the representative photographs of the series Heavy weight history (strong man) from 2013 (in this case he involved professional gymnasts); or the latest images Blindgang 2000 - Finding 1 (Millenium duds - Finding 1), a work begun in 2000 and which continued until 2017.
The work of Frank Nitsche (Görlitz; 1964), for its part, is characterized by the sophisticated visual language that he has developed, with overlapping layers of paint, with intersections of lines and creating specific shapes. The figures, lines and geometric shapes are composed of abstract formations that may resemble construction plans, technical models, design, calligraphy or computer programs. In order to work on his abstract compositions, he makes use of a large image file taken from the culture of the media, pop and the consumer, which he arranges, selects and condenses into his own pictorial language. It is one step further in the language of abstraction, a commitment to advanced and sophisticated work that is in continuous renewal and experimentation. At ARCO two large scale pieces are on display and they are really representative of his latest work. There are also six smaller pieces. It is a good example of what will be at Pelaires at the Art Palma Brunch.
Jason Martin (Jersey, 1970) is one of the European artists whose work is gaining more and more recognition from international critics. Currently he has a large solo exhibition in New York and he has been involved with Pelaires in the recent events of ARCO and Zona MACO. The British artist develops a very characteristic pictorial language, making works that are almost three-dimensional, and which display the force of paint in action yet under the control of the artist's hand. He is known for his monochrome paintings, in which layers of oil or acrylic gel are dragged across hard surfaces such as aluminium, stainless steel and Plexiglas, using a piece of metal or table in the form of comb in one motion, often repeated many times. The grooves capture light, their rhythmic textures suggest the crests on a vinyl record, a lock of wet hair, the grain of a feather... While the proposal for MACO was along these lines, at ARCO his radically new works are being presented, more in line with those that are currently being exhibited in New York. Similarly monochromatic, but in oil, showing a clear mastery of the technique and works which show an apparent intention to return to two-dimensional work.
Prudencio Irazábal (Puentelarra, 1954) opened his first solo exhibition at Pelaires in December - Tide Marks - which can be seen until March 15. He is a fine example of abstract Spanish art, and he has a great international influence. For more than two decades, he has been developing new possibilities around one of the oldest aspirations in painting. His works develop from his research into the possibilities of deconstruction and materialisation of the chromatic thought that the artist began in New York at the beginning of the 1990s. Individual colours shape and manage light when it is spread on the horizontal translucent layers of cloth. His technique involves slow processes of application of acrylic resins, in such a way that the permeability of the set of layers defines the retention of light and vibration of colour in that place that the artist has defined as the distance within. At ARCO two of his recent large scale works are on display.
Guillermo Rubí (Palma de Mallorca, 1971) is also currently on display at the gallery with "Perfect from now on". His work has always been closely linked to music, and to develop the project which is now on display he has made use of LPs from his personal collection to string together a dialogue between the different pieces that form part of it. In recent years he has worked on the concept of impact from a physical as well as an emotional point of view, to show it as an element of change and transformation. He is one of the artists who has evolved the most in recent years, making his work a continuous renewal in the unitary concept of its production and his mastery of sculptural, pictorial and installative language.
And finally Rafael Munárriz (Tudela, 1990), the youngest on the Pelaires team. He is currently in Brazil with a scholarship from the Botín Foundation, and in this exhibition he presents his latest works, in which he develops the concept of the abstract journey and the relationship with the urban geometry. His artistic practice develops from three-dimensional and performance perceptions, focusing on the areas of installation, sculpture and video. Within the sculptures he uses industrial language, with a great interest in the 'ready-made' and with constant support in the symbolic component of the materials.
Conceptually, his work finds itself within that space that confronts the public with his environment. He is interested in the political approach that can be given to objects and components of the urban scenario, focusing interest on its limitations, the imperative as a critical place and maintaining a constant questioning regarding transit, order and communication policies. It should be noted that Munarriz is the youngest artist to win one of the Botin scholarships and he will inaugurate an exhibition on March 12th at the Botín Centre in Santander. Moreover, thanks to his double participation in the recent trade fairs in Mexico, I Maco and Material, he has managed to position himself internationally and even has an internship at the New York HUC Museum.