Fat chance to dream. Ryan Gander, Jorge Satorre, Claire Harvey, Alejandro Cesarco, Nicolás París. Comisariada por Tania Pardo. April 2 - June 14 2011
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MAISTERRAVALBUENA is pleased to present “Fat chance to Dream”, a project by Tania Pardo.
“Fat chance to Dream” is included in the project Jugada a tres bandas, which wants to highlight the relationship among the gallerist, the artist and the curator of the show. Therefore, this exhibition mentions, through the artworks, those intangible relationships within the world of art, sometimes disguised as fantasies.
The title of the show, taken from British musician Robert Wyatt´s record “Shleep”, released in 1997, brings to our mind the own universe where these artists live. All their work is directly interconnected with clever subtlety from the minimum to the maximum, as a metaphor of the floating, fragile and almost transparent relationships that implicitly exist within the world of art, since these adjectives cover these complex relationships generated by the, often, endogamic art system.
The artwork by Alejandro Cesarco (Montevideo, 1975), titled “Fade Out”, shows in a slide the face of a teenager which after some time disappears, thus showing the conceptual delicacy of his work.
Ryan Gander, (Chester, UK, 1976) shows “A blood that runs against that kind of blood”, made up by 24 wooden cubes spread on the floor like a puzzle, with which he insists on the idea of deciphering certain cultural codes through everyday objects.
Also the small pieces by Claire Harvey (London, 1976), take us to a dream world full of tiny beings who transform the places they populate into sites of enigmatic beauty.
In the same way, the sculptures by Hiraki Sawa (Japan, 1977), two delicate paper birds, go on with the elegant aesthetics of the “transient states” present in most of his videos.
Both the pair of gouaches belonging to the work “The Erratic, Measuring Compensation” and the two pictures in the project “D53” by Jorge Satorre (Mexico D.F., 1979) remind us how time goes by. We can see this especially in the first work, which shows the same image taken in different moments, mixing thus the notions of authorship, reality and imagination, since the gouaches were made by a painter to whom the artist told the history of the harbour in Rotterdam, without showing any photographic reference, so that he could imagine and capture the scenery in these images.
Lastly, Nicolás Paris (Bogotá, 1977) offers us two installations that continue his investigation about the building of mediation processes that produce and condense events or places to develop environments for dialogue between viewers and exhibition spaces; thus the installation with a table and a chair invite the visitor to follow a chain of pictures started by the artist.
In any case, “Fat Chance to Dream” tries to make us think of the need to observe and analyze thoroughly what we have in front of us or, in other words, to try to understand other worlds which are not so far away from ours.
Tania Pardo (Madrid, 1976). Has been curator at MUSAC, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León and director of programming at Laboratorio 987 (2005-2010). She publishes at different art magazines and exhibition catalogues. She has taught courses and seminars about Contemporary Art. She has been Director of Projects at Fundación Santander 2016 (2009-2010). She currently collaborates on several projects with different institutions as independent curator.