The current edition of Creadores de La Termica program can, without a doubt, be defined as especially revealing to the attitude with which a whole generation of young artists has been relating to our present time: the lucid mistrust reigns the looks projected by Abel Jaramillo, Virginia López-Anido, Delia Boyano, Antonio Ruiz Montesinos, Jorge Isla and Garcia_Fernández, about the expectations that a profoundly false civilizing regime offers us.
Artists: Abel Jaramillo, Antonio Ruiz Montesinos, Delia Boyano, Garcia_Fernández, Jorge Isla, Virginia López-Anido
Curated byCarlos Miranda
27 November, 2020 - 28 February, 2021.
La Térmica, Málaga
Their six projects that we can enjoy in this exhibition- significantly interdisciplinary- constitute disillusioned narratives of excavation of our culture, of navigation between systemic deceptions that make us as beings yearning for ideals of freedom and happiness, that are increasingly distant from the harsh pragmatics we inhabit daily. They offer us, then, six penetrating exercises of recognition of our times, explorations that pause at what is usually looked over or forgotten, investigating how the present ruins are being constituted to recognize within the physical, social, economic or political spaces, the signs of little hope of an existential metamorphosis that defines the identity of the contemporaneous prosumer. In effect, all these artists are not innocent wanderers, much less disoriented: they hunt for the symptoms of our pathological daily de-identification and bring it back to us sublimated in the pieces of an exhibition that calls to reactivate us as protagonists in our relationship to the imposed narrative of the world. They aspire, without complexes, to return more as subjects rather than objects at least for a moment, that of the intensity- and quality- of the time through their works, whose political potency lives in the intelligence of some incisive poetics that assault reality as if a battlefield.
'Sons of Relax' aims to analyze how tourist activity has profoundly marked the Costa del Sol: its territory, its socioeconomic structures and also the identity of its inhabitants -as is my case-. This project presents the first part of the project: a catalog -a subjective archive- composed of architectural details of some of the most emblematic buildings of the so-called "Estilo del Relax" (term coined by Diego Santos). The proposal is based on an emulation of the trip that Diego Santos, Carlos Canal and Juan Antonio Ramírez made on the N-340 in 1986. This trip result in the book "Estilo del Relax", book that was expanded in 2010 with "El relax expandido", in which collaborated Pedro Marín Cots, Iñaki Perez de la Fuente and Maite Méndez Baiguez. Both trips in turn mimic the trip that Venturi, Brown and Izenour made on the Las Vegas Strip in 1968, from which "Learning from Vegas" emerged.
In conclusion, the project uses the trip as a tool to learn -to analyze and criticize- that deep change in the territory and identity of the Costa del Sol, to understand the territory in which I have grown up and that has moulded the identity of its inhabitants.
The artists Garcia_Fernández present the installation “Ploic_ploic_ploic_ploic_”, the project is based on leisure spaces linked to water for relaxation therapies for the psyche and the tired-productive- body. Spaces such as the Roman baths, resorts, and spas serve as a common thread as a way to relax the working body as a momentary and pleasant cure with performance objectives. Based on the scenography and resources found in conservation centers and archaeological sites as well as in the documentation centers within the province of Málaga, they have made several pieces where the past, present, and an imagined future meet.
Virginia López-Anido presents a project that began as an investigation of related abstract forms and textured structures. Using the urban space of Màlaga as a labyrinth to explore and deconstruct an ecosystem of raw and architectural materials. By experimenting with space and shapes, the process became an animation of photographic and sculptural notes. The work continued to move through the present spaces to redefine moments of curiosity. The exhibited work observes a part of that deconstruction of materials and images.
Abel Jaramillo presents "No Hamlet" which takes as a reference to the film Hamlet (1976) by Celestino Coronado, an adaptation of the Shakespeare classic shot on video and transferred to 16mm in which he proposes a duplicated Hamlet. Starting from some ideas present in this film, the work explores the margins of the video to propose an experimental story about memory, failure, death and the construction of stories through images, texts, objects and sounds.
Delia Boyano exhibits “La máquina recitadora II: Parar un segundo y seguir (Cap. 2)” which is a contraption containing a pirate's diary. Cantastoria, canta historia, picture reciter or story-singer are just some of the names that define the figure of the street artist who told a story through gesture and image. This theatrical form, closely linked to oral tradition and folklore, used painting, stamping or drawing on different supports to tell stories. The embroidered fabrics of La máquina recitadora II, suggests a latent narrative, in this case the story of a pirate as an allegory of the displaced individual of the 21st century.
Jorge Isla exhibits “Panorama y Billions in Bitcoins”, two works that take as a starting point a set of economic mechanisms of contemporary society such as fraudulent loans and a type of virtual currency. Through the works, a set of echoes of current political, social and economic structures are posed through material reinterpretation from a perspective based on the appropriation of signs and meanings of a defined reality.