Antonio Ortega and the Contestants. For his first solo show in London Antonio Ortega has chosen to subvert the way that The Showroom works (offering first solo shows in London), by inviting a group of recent graduates from the art academy in Barcelona to participate in the project with him.
Antonio Ortega and the Contestants
(Mireia GuzmÃ¡n, RubÃ©n MartÃnez, Jonathan Millan, Esther Badia SolÃ© and Albert TarÃ¨s)
The Showroom is pleased to announced that it has commissioned Spanish artist Antonio Ortega to make a new project for the gallery to be presented between 2 October and 10 November.
Antonio Ortega comes from a generation of young Spanish artists that adopt a self-effacing and ultimately hilarious approach to making art. Their work is full of doubt, acknowledging the complexity of art's production and role within society. Ortega's practice has, in the past, explored these ideas using plants and animals as his medium, the results take the form of installation and video work.
For his first solo show in London Antonio Ortega has chosen to subvert the way that The Showroom works (offering first solo shows in London), by inviting a group of recent graduates from the art academy in Barcelona to participate in the project with him. The Showroom's offer has been turned into a magnanimous gesture on the part of Antonio, creating an otherwise unattainable opportunity for the young artists. Their work to be judged not only against their peer group, but also within a wider art world context. Billed as the Contestants, this group will make their own artistic contributions to the show. Antonio Ortega and the Contestants explores ideas of creativity, the authorial voice, promotional strategies and the competitive and hierarchical nature of the art world.
Antonio Ortega lives and works in Barcelona.
Opening 1 October 19.00 Â 21.00hrs
2 October to 10 November 2002 Wednesday - Sunday 13.00 Â 18.00hrs
For further information please contact Kirsty Ogg or Andy Marsh on 020 8983 4115.
Project supported by Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de Cultura. The Showroom is supported by London Arts.
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