Galeria Pelaires is opening three exhibitions on Saturday 26th March as part of this year's Art Palma Brunch event, featuring the artists Jannis Kounellis & Antoni Tàpies, Gori Mora and Rafa Munárriz. All of them have already exhibited at the gallery in the past, except for the Majorcan artist Gori Mora, for whom this is his first solo show at Pelaires and also in Spain.
Jannis Kounellis & Antoni Tàpies. Infinity of Suns | First floor
Infinity of Suns is a dialogue between two of the most important artists of the 20th century. Following one of the gallery's main lines, the focus is once again on artists who have been part of Pelaires throughout its more than fifty years of history. Tàpies first exhibited at Pelaires in 1971. Since then, his work has been on display on several occasions, his last major solo exhibition being in 1999 to celebrate the gallery's 30th anniversary.
Jannis Kounellis' connection to Pelaires includes several group exhibitions and international art fairs. Together with Rebecca Horn he created Aigües Tortes, one of Pelaires' most special projects, and which also marked the gallery's 40th anniversary. Tàpies and Kounellis also played an important role at the historic group exhibition held in 2019 to celebrate the gallery's 50th anniversary.
Gori Mora. Layering intimacy | Main floor
Layering intimacy is the title of the first solo exhibition by the Majorcan artist Gori Mora in Spain, and also the first one he has held at Galeria Pelaires. It will be inaugurated on the main floor of the gallery on 26th March as part of this year's Art Palma Brunch, an event organised by the Art Palma Contemporani Galleries' Association.
The current practice of Gori Mora (Majorca, 1992; lives and works in Glasgow) focuses on exploring the myriad effects that technology has on our social interactions, our perception of ourselves and our most intrinsic values. His work explores the history of the queer community, a journey into eroticism, current trends, roles and a reflection of the contemporary moment we find ourselves in; a moment in which human interaction takes place on social networks. Mora delves into the notion of desire, understood as one of the main drivers of social communication, accentuated by new technologies.
In his work, the artist uses oils to create figures on the back of the methacrylate and, once finished, he turns the acrylic sheet over. The medium used and the aesthetics represented portray the contrast that the subject matter offers. This unorthodox process creates a situation in which the viewer is confronted with the reverse side of the painting. The aesthetics of an exhibition screen is invoked; a world out of reach, of which one is simultaneously aware, but from which one always walks away.
Gori Mora holds a degree in Fine Art from the University of Barcelona (2011-2015). He moved to Glasgow in 2017 to take part in the Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice programme at the Glasgow School of Art. After obtaining the MA degree, he was awarded the John Kinross scholarship by the Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh and spent a period of research in Florence, Italy.
His work has been displayed at Tuesday to Friday Gallery, Valencia (2022); The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2021); BEERS London Gallery, London (2021); V2React, Miami (2020); AIR Gallery, Manchester (2020); TRAMWAY, Glasgow (2019); AN Contemporary Art Festival, Majorca (2016 and 2019); Casa de Cultura de Felanitx, Majorca (2019); Museu de Porreres, Majorca (2017); Konvent Punt Zero, Centre Cultural d'Art, Barcelona (2016); MUTUO, Centre Cultural d'Art, Barcelona (2015). His project My Florence Souvenir is part of the Collection of the Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh.
Rafa Munárriz. Dos figuras en aproximación | Pelaires Cabinet
For the proposed exhibition, the artist Rafa Munárriz focuses his interest on the urban perception of the domestic sphere. In his opinion, the idea of the urban space as a habitable notion disappeared during lockdown and became an aspirational scenario. While the individual's usual dynamics were reduced to a series of routines within the city, the domestic setting was reduced in scale back then, piling up these routines one on top of the other. By being reduced to a single domestic space, a new virtual perception of the urban space became palpable, highlighting the relationship between the individual and the new media, as well as the political use of the domestic space through the media.
His proposal —featuring two related sculptures— defines what could be the façade or shelter of a human figure through curved metal sheets, the finish of which tries to mimic the moving image of the screen. Divided into two finishes: glossy on the inside —looking for the reflection— and textured on the outside —wanting to reach the visual idea of the casing.
The proposed figures try to relate to the new notion of domestic space, seeking shapes that delimit the outline of the body and try to interact with the outside world through the image in the reflection.