Month: December 2016

Ana de Fontecha. Outside space

Uncategorized December 18, 2016

I remember how much I liked her Oxford shoes. I also remember the way she used to keep some tiny pieces of paper with geometrical motifs around her desk. It’s funny how those small details about a person can stick in your head for such a long time. I’m talking about the artist Ana de Fontecha, whom I met during our Masters in History of Contemporary Art, around three years ago now. I want to share her work here today.

Ana de Fontecha (1990) is a Spanish artist based in Madrid and a member of ‘Estudio Mendoza. Her work is mainly focused on the concept of space. She is interested in the relationship between the subject and the outside, and on how this contextual demarcation helps to define us. We can think of natural, domestic, or urban spaces, and how we are always connected to one or another. Ana reflects not only on how we are shaped by our surroundings but also how we give meaning to them by our presence.

These thoughts are translated into a very elegant artistic language, infused with a minimal art influence. Materials like wood and paper, the colors blue, green, and pink, geometrical repetitions, or constructions like boxes or roof beams, are the elements that form part of Ana de Fontecha’s powerful artistic universe.

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David Marmota: “The new has never attracted me as much as the old”.

Uncategorized December 8, 2016

David Marmota is a collage artist based in Barcelona. His work made out from vintage magazines is known for his geometrical patterns and colorful compositions. He has also collaborated with the band Doble Pletina since its very beginning. I really love this ‘quiz’ music video for their song Nada.

 Who is David Marmota?

The truth is I still haven’t figured out very well how to answer to that question. The easiest thing would be to me to say that I’m thirty-three years old, that  I watch films (I’m a fan of horror, noir, precode, from 1930-70 I could watch anything), I read books (A Night Among the Horses by Djuna Barnes is the last one I have read and I really liked it), and I buy magazines (Americans and French, late 50’s, early 60’s, because of the colours they use in the composition, they use a lot of color stain) which I use to cut all the time. I like pastel and golden colours. I also draw, take walks, and make a lot of mistakes, just like everybody does. Putting all this together make give a clue about who I am.

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What does nostalgia mean to you?                        

Well, as an invention to sell things of the past, right? I have always liked old things, but not for nostalgic reasons or anything. I guess the attraction that we feel for old things has to with a certain kind of sensibility, and I’ve felt this attraction since I was a kid. I don’t know, but it feels difficult to understand why cutting out a magazine from fifty years ago causes me more pleasure than cutting out a modern one. Since I was a kid the new has never attracted me as much as the old, but it has nothing to do with nostalgia.

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A fictional character that inspires you

 I can’t think of many fictional characters that inspire me, I prefer real people. Five people on my favourites list starting from above: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Kenneth Anger, Joseph Cornell and Curtis Harrington. From Anger and Harrington, I really love Puce Moment and Night Tide. If I think about artist I have felt inspired by Agnes Martin o Corita Kent, just to name two.

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 What can we learn from ourselves through art?

I have learned a lot from myself (though not so much as to answer the first question). It teaches you to think about how to solve problems, to be more resolute, more practical, to look for the essential, and to leave aside what is not so important. 

 What are your next projects?

I would like to start 2017 animating my collages (now I’m planning how to do it), and getting some interesting proposal (I would love to exhibit my collages or to get something published with them). In the meantime, I will continue drawing, watching films, reading, and cutting out.

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Ana H. del Amo. Colours between the lines

Uncategorized December 4, 2016

Ana H. del Amo is a Spanish artist (Cáceres, 1977) interested in the study of form, movement, and texture. Her wooden and metal pieces could be described as sensorial sculptural paintings because of the vividness they express through colour. Her artworks breathe life. We feel their corporality due to their liberation from the flatness of the canvas. Ana H. del Amo’s work is an invitation to experience art in a ludic way, pleasing the eye, but at the same time asking for reflection and time.

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