Contra Arranz-Bravo

A collective exhibition featuring works by Gerard Ballester, Lluc Baños and Natàlia Giné, curated by Aina Mercader From October 1 to December 6, the Arranz-Bravo Foundation in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat presents the collective exhibition Contra Arranz-Bravo.

Combining the qualities of sculpture and installations, the works presented by these three artists explore the space in the broadest and “Perecian” (Georges Perec, 1936-1982) sense of the word, taking as their direct or indirect starting point the work and grammar of Eduard Arranz-Bravo.

The curator invited the young artists to select works by Arranz-Bravo, including drawings from his youth, and paintings and etchings from various periods of his career. In this way, they make Arranz-Bravo’s work their own, presenting new interpretations of them.

Contra Arranz-Bravo occupies the entire exhibition space of the Foundation (the room is usually divided between, along the first corridors, temporary exhibitions by emerging artists and, at the rear, the current show by Arranz-Bravo) with works by the four artists involved. In this way, the pieces by Ballester, Baños and Giné come into contact with those by the master in a more or less explicit way. At times, the former reference the latter directly, at others there is more subtle acknowledgement, or Arranz-Bravo’s work is used as the basis for creating and shaping the young artists’ own projects.

Most of the works here are site-specific, that is to say, designed especially for this show, taking inspiration from the forms, colours and recurring themes of Arranz-Bravo.

We say that reality is explained through time and space. However, we discover, with Perec, that space is a reality in itself. Everything happens in space (domestic, everyday exhibition) and everything can end up being reduced into space. In Contra Arranz-Bravo, the three artists are completely free to experience, occupy, explore, investigate and work with space.

In the external space: whether in the courtyard at the Foundation (Ballester brings out of the exhibition room the modules, recreated in wood, that form walls and divide the room) or in the street, Carrer de L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Giné is interested in measuring things. For example, she seeks to ascertain the distance between the ground and the highest point in Arranz-Bravo’s Freedom Bridge on La Rambla de Marina, taking the bridge’s height as a reference measurement bringing it, in the shape of a great vertical pole, into the Foundation courtyard).

In the exhibition space: Ballester proposes Moving the Entrance, a large plastic curtain, long before we enter the room. And he adapts to the architecture of the space with his cardboard project Pieces for… (corner, plinth). Moreover, he makes it more difficult to see certain paintings and routes by installing translucent panels.

In the domestic space: Baños shows his video-performance Interaccions, which splits time and space, featuring a series of actions and interactions with everyday objects and found materials. On the opening day, Baños will present the performance live, when it will be recorded and shown on a loop in the exhibition. The artist’s contribution also includes “Senyalètica”, his own sign language, which he uses to describe some of the works by Arranz-Bravo that are on show.

The official opening of Contra Arranz-Bravo will take place at 8 pm on October 1, coinciding with Barcelona Gallery Weekend (October 1-4), which is taking place at several galleries in both the Catalan capital and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.