INSTALLATIONS BY COOLWAY
Urvanity stands up for projects with a solid basis in the urban context, from 1970 until today, that build a relation with the environment and modernity. We seek to promote site-specific pieces through commissioned installations that dialogue with context. Thanks to Madrid Capital of Fashion and Coolway, the Spanish shoe brand specialised on young and urban people, we have developed this program as part of the initiative Make a Cool World which aims to make the world a better place by fostering talent and creativity.
1010 – AFFENFAUST GALERIE
1010 is an artist based in Hamburg, whose works lead us into levels of indefinite depth. Using serial and conceptual color fans, he creates illusionary spaces which question our logical and quotidian perception and investigate its relation with the actual art world and media. His works remind simultaneously of cartographic representations as well as erosion processes, where instead of earth layers, you can see different layers of color. In the moment his “color caves” disappear in the darkness, starts the viewers interpretation.
To achieve this effect, the artist uses a variety of techniques and materials like laser cut acrylic glass or scissor cut when working with paper. 1010 works as an artist since 1994 and presents his works in numerous exhibitions, fairs and public spaces around the world.
AUGUSTO FIGUEROA STREET
MONEYLESS – DOPPELGAENGER
Born in Milan in 1980, Teo Pirisi, aka Moneyless, lives and works in Lucca, Tuscany. He is considered one of the most influential urban-abstract-artist of recent years. After graduating at the Carrara Fine Arts Academy and in Communication Design at Isia in Florence, he has been doing research and investigation for years on different aspects of shapes and geometrical spaces.
His graphic signature was born from the Italian scene of the ’90s graffiti, from which the artist gradually stood out to dedicate himself to a personalized abstract-geometric search focused on purity of form. Moneyless’s aesthetics is based on the concept of Less is more: the geometric form, though minimized, has a strain and invisible movement inside. His works are the result of continuous experimentation to investigate the infinite possibilities of geometric composition.
ALONSO MARTINEZ SQUARE
JUAN MIGUEL QUIÑONES – PANTOCRATOR GALLERY
Juan Miguel Quiñones (Spain) 1979. Born in Vejer, Cádiz, and settled in Estepona, his relationship with the stone is the result of a lifetime working this and other hard and indefatigable materials. Self-taught passionate about his work, his methodology reinterprets the work of the stone in a contemporary way, combining the Florentine “pietra dura” technique with more contemporary materials on marble.
The work of Quiñones takes as starting point the daily life of objects in approaches close to PopArt. In a NeoPop style, his work is characterized by the universality of its language, and by a technical perfection that never constrains its contagious freshness and irony. According to the artist, his works are his memories materialized in stone; some more recent and others that accompany him since childhood. Some more personal, others that are in the collective memory of several generations and others that are ‘universal’.
SABEK – SWINTON GALLERY
For SABEK the black color transcends the tangible reality of our physical nature. The absence of color in the silhouette of his animals is to be understood as emptiness and meditation. SABEK’s animal figures invite the viewer to detach himself from the Reality that traps him, this Reality that we have imposed ourselves and that keeps us away from what we naturally are
A false reality that we probably accept for the sole purpose of satisfying our human ego, or simply to appease the boredom that our easy existence causes us. SABEK invites us to connect with our ancestral origin, to take the final and courageous step of entering his black animal silhouettes and empty ourselves of everything that we impose on us and that is not part of our nature.
ISAAC CORDAL – SC GALLERY
Isaac Cordal (1974) is a Galician sculptor who works between Bilbao and Brussels. ‘Follow the leaders’ is an art installation formed by the inhabitants of a city, all of whom blend into the rubble of the city ruins. Populated by small businessmen who wander around observing the collateral effect, the result of their own decisions. This city in ruins, is the trail that we have left as we have moved away from nature.
The sculptures represent a social stereotype that relates to power, bureaucracy, politics, patriarchy, banking … These sculptures are the portrait of a society in constant decline. ‘Follow the leaders’ is part of a project developed in the urban space called ‘Cement Eclipses’. This project focuses on an army of small cement sculptures who try to understand the world we have created.
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