In Act 38 at Nivell Zero, Mònica Planes shrinks the exhibition space down so that we can touch it with our hands and relate to it in different ways; she invites us to explore its possibilities in our head and peel back its many layers and characters. In short, she replicates it over and over again, stripping it down to its core structure, its zero state. In a world of images in the midst of a crisis of presence, she conjures up objects which become close-up images that connect with the environment that surrounds and contains us. In turn, these items equip us with tools to create our own place, like playing a wordless game of observation and associations.
Each of the pieces that furnish the gallery—from the most rigorously literal to the simplest and most geometrically abstract—talks of the site that contains it: Nivell Zero at the Fundació Suñol. But if we understand space as the arrangement of the items that occupy it, the artist here defines it through sculptural manipulations that both rearrange and transform it. In this way, her work intertwines sight and presence in a self-referential game in which architecture, model and object dress themselves up as one another and swap the appearances and properties that let us recognise them.
Mònica Planes filters into Nivell Zero to make use of what can be found here when it is supposedly empty. The floor tiles, the concrete, the light and the glass, even the institution’s logo: these are all her raw materials for creating pieces that become prolongations of space.
Mònica Planes graduated in fine art from the University of Barcelona (2014) and did a Master’s Degree in Artistic Production and Research (2014–2016). In 2016 she was awarded both the Han Nefkens/UB Grant and the Fundació Felícia Fuster Sculpture Grant, and this year she won a grant from the Fundació Guasch Coranty. After finishing her master’s degree, she undertook an artist’s residence at Montrouge, Paris, as part of the Jeune Création Européenne programme, and she is currently an artist-in-residence at Fabra i Coats, Barcelona, on a 2017 SAC-FIC grant.
Fundació Suñol presents the exhibition ACTE 39: Antoni Abad. measure X measure. 1992’2015, a project specifically set for Nivell Zero, which includes Antoni Abad’s work from the 90’s up until 2010. All these works are directly related to his own research about the idea of measurement and language, and the relation between them.
In 1992 Antoni Abad met Josep Suñol in the building of Passeig de Gràcia that later became Fundació Suñol, but back then it wasn’t open as a museum. The artist had the opportunity to discover the Josep Suñol Collection at its early developing stages. He did an installation with measuring tape all around Butaca (1987) – an Antoni Tàpies’ piece of art that belongs to the Collection, which was exhibited at that time. This piece will be shown again at Nivell Zero along with many other works from Antoni Abad.
The curator of the exhibition, Eugeni Bonet, added an original text from 1995 that describes Abad’s work called Pesos y medidas that has been rewritten for the occasion. There will also be a downloadable online publication on the website with all the information and content shown in the exhibition.
The blind dancer Joan Casaoliva presents Variable Mesures, a performance on the ongoing exhibition ACTE 39: Antoni Abad. measure X measure where the dancer relates to the Nivell Zero exhibition space using different sensory strategies. Because of his blindness he explores the space using alternative measurement parameters and also experiment with a new ones on the basis of his own body and using the language of dance. This action is conceived as a statement on visual disability but also deconstructs the stigmas associated whit it. There is audio-description system by Llorenç Blasi in order to make the performance accessible for visual impaired people, but at the same time this element offers a different approach to the action that challenges our own spectator role.
Joan Casaoliva (Barcelona, 1966) is a blind dancer, actor and performer. He started to practise dance after losing his vision, guided by the choreographer and dancer Jordi Cortés. He belongs to Liant la troca collective from 2013 and has participated at different shows such Sin contacto or El último. He also has collaborated in Jordi Cortés’ Fuck-ing-Progress dance show and has worked with many different dancers and choreographers such Alberto Velasco, Marta Carrasco or Carolina Alejos from El Mur dansa, in Espais Cecs initiative.
Variable Measures is a performance by Joan Casaoliva with the collaboration of Antoni Abad and the participation of Llorenç Blasi
PERFORMANCE WITH AUDIO-DESCRIPTION ACCESSIBLE TO VISUAL IMPAIRED PEOPLE (Catalan)
How many hands fit in a body? How many feet do we need to measure a leg? In this family workshop the artist Antoni Abad encourage us to explore ourselves using alternative measurement parameter. We will find out that we don’t need the metre, the ruler, nor the right triangle, to take the measure of things. Our own body will be the reference to relate to each other and with the world around.
WORKSHOP LED BY ANTONI ABAD
Practical information (Activity in catalan)
Workshop aimed to children from 6 to 12 years old with adult companion
Date and time: Thursday, July 12th, 2018 from 6PM to 7:30PM
Place: Nivell Zero at Fundació Suñol (Entrance by Passeig de Gràcia 98)
Price: 3€ per person
Sign-up: by e-mail (email@example.com) or phone (934 961 032)
Image: MASBEDO, Until The End, 2011
Fundació Suñol hosts an exhibiton organized by LOOP and In Between Art Film. On the occasion of its first collaboration with LOOP, In Between Art Film presents a video selection curated by Paola Ugolini, featuring works by international artists that variously deal with domestic architecture and the urban space. From the cold architecture of contemporary cities to the private dimension of a house, all works put forth the idea of the home as the “epidermis of the human body” – to say it with Frederick Kiesler’s. Furthermore, the chosen videos offer an overview of contemporary moving image creation, while they present a coherent aesthetics to the films produced by In Between Art Film. Formally launched in 2012 by Beatrice Bulgari, In Between Art Film is a film production company that explores the shifting boundaries between contemporary art, video art and cinema.
In Between Art Film, formally launched in 2012 by Beatrice Bulgari, is a film production company dedicated to providing artists, filmmakers, and directors with the possibility of freely exploring the uncertain territories of moving images.
In Between Art Film has been supporting leading institutions and promoting important cultural partnerships including: vice versa Italian Pavilion, 55th International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale (Venice, 2013); Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement (Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, 2016); Miart (Milan 2016 – 2017-2018); Tate Film (London 2017); Maxxi Videogallery (Rome, 2017); Il Mondo Magico Italian Pavilion, 57th International Art Exhibition of Venice Biennale (Venice, 2017); Documenta 14 (Athens – Kassel, 2017); Lo Schermo dell’Arte (Firenze, 2017); Dhaka Art Summit (Dhaka, 2018); Manifesta 12 (Palermo, 2018).
For further information please visit: www.inbetweenartfilm.com
To consult the program of Loop 2018: http://loop-barcelona.com/loop-festival-2018/
The work of Sinéad Spelman (1978) focuses on the practice of drawing, writing and sculpture from a personal perspective which simultaneously investigates collective emotional states. Drawings with simple, bare, almost schematic strokes, embody characters who are in defiant resistence to ambiguous and disturbing situations to which subjects do not give in but do remain passive, with an indolence that, paradoxically, can be considered active; bodies often appear incomplete or amputated, rendering them useless for the production line. This dysfunctionality can be read, therefore, as a form of permanent strike.
For Nivell Zero, the artist explores these issues whilst experimenting with materials and formats and investigating the relationship between drawing and writing.