Opening: 10th February 2016, 7pm
In its most essential meaning, looking is defined as the act of setting the gaze on some object, person or space. Yet when we speak of looking in the context of art, we have to go further than that. If we consider the creation of the work of art as a way of relating to the world, as a link between what is real, imaginary and symbolic, and as a fact taking on meaning in the act of communication, looking also implies understanding, comprehending and feeling.
In this exhibition the Fundació Suñol presents a selection of work from its own collection, with the goal of once again addressing the importance of the gaze in art. While it is evident that the spectator gazes upon the work of art, it is less clear that the artwork is looking at us as well. By means of a multitude of languages and a great variety of signs and codes, artists communicate experiences, thoughts and emotions in creations that reveal subjectivity, providing a reciprocal gaze that turns into a three-sided active dialogue: the work of art condensing the artist’s gaze; the spectator enquiring about the work from his or her own individuality; and the immensity of the world, understood as an unfathomable vessel where art constitutes an effort to put it all in order.
This exhibition features work by Luis Gordillo, Man Ray, Zush, Richard Avedon, Luis Frangella, Carlos Pazos, Jaume Plensa, José Luis Alexanco, Ramon Guillen-Balmes, María José Lacadena, Christo, Jordi Colomer, Claudio Bravo, Ferran Freixa, Ignasi Aballí, Antoni Tàpies, Juan Genovés, José María Sicilia, Alberto García-Alix, Joan Rom, Jaume Xifra, Robert Llimós, Idroj Sanicne, Sergi Aguilar, Federico Guzmán, Manuel Millares, Pello Irazu, Max Bill and Miquel Mont. The work is grouped into various sections, corresponding to seven different subject areas: gazing; reading; covering up; value; walking/resting; holes; and the colour red. The heterogeneous nature of the subjects chosen demonstrates the variety of recurring concepts in art, each in its own way drawing the attention of artists so as to be interpreted through the form of new languages, multiplying their possibilities. For this reason the works in each section dialogue amongst themselves while inviting us to participate in an open, multidirectional conversation that has not be previously scripted, even while awaiting our reply.
Photos: Aina de Gispert