All of Mark Manders' later works are an unceasing, open-ended variation on his first creation, where he attempts to come to an understanding of something that appears to be simple, but is, at the same time, deeply complex. Juan Usle' carries out a highly concentrated and meditative disquisition on the structural conditions of painting and the painting process.
4 July - 12 October 2014
Curated by Javier Hontoria
Mark Manders (Volkel, Netherlands, 1968) is one of the most important international artists of the last two decades and boasts one of the most unique and personal bodies of work that can be seen on the international art scene. In addition to representing his country at the 55th Venice Biennale, he has had exhibitions at many of the top museums and art centers in the world, as well as participating in Documenta 11 in 2002. A variation on the work he presented in Kassel will be on view at CGAC’s Double Space.
Mark Manders is, in essence, a sculptor and his work is infused with poetry. It all started out with his legendary Self-Portrait as a Building, which he created in 1986 when he was just 18 years old, having realized that he had ‘a certain affinity with the language of visual arts.’ All of his later works are an unceasing, open-ended variation on his first creation, where he attempts to come to an understanding of something that appears to be simple, but is, at the same time, deeply complex: the fact that the world is populated by human beings and that these human beings create objects that stay with them over the course of their lifetime. Based on this premise, Manders has created a unique and formal universe that under no circumstances ignores this vital source of inspiration which is poetry and, in the broader sense, writing—a kind of writing that does not use words, at least not always, but rather objects and shapes.
This summer the CGAC will host his first solo exhibition in Spain. The show brings together works created over the course of different stages in the artist’s career, including artwork from museums like the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the S.M.A.K in Ghent, the Kunsthaus in Zurich and the Rabobank collection, in addition to others hailing from private collections. Also on view in Santiago de Compostela will be some of the artist’s earlier works which he has reinterpreted for this exhibition.
With financial support from the Mondriaan Fund:
4 July - 28 September 2014
Curated by Stephan Berg
Since 1997 Juan Uslé has been working on a series of works known as his ‘black paintings,’ which takes a central position in his oeuvre. In the fifty paintings that make up the series Soñé que revelabas, most of them done at night, Usle carries out a highly concentrated and meditative disquisition on the structural conditions of painting and the painting process. Every brush mark on these works is charged in two different ways: On the one hand, they depict the painterly gesture and thus classify themselves as part of the tradition of self-reflective abstract painting. On the other hand, every brush mark can be regarded as the painter’s heartbeat, which turns the works into manifestations of the painter’s direct and ‘sensual’ bodily connection with his paintings.
This combination of a subjective and poetic painting aura as well as the conceptual introspection of the medium which defines all of the artist’s works make Uslé’s oeuvre one of the greatest of our time. This is all the more pertinent as Uslé has been living and working in New York and Spain for a long time and the combination of a catholic-baroque picture emphasis and intellectual detachment connect the European and American painting tradition.
This exhibition was organised by Kunstmuseum Bonn in collaboration with CGAC, and is supported by AC/E. After its presentation in Germany, Juan Uslé. Dark Light will be shown at CGAC in July 2014. An exhibition catalogue featuring essays by Ángel González, Raphael Rubinstein and Stephan Berg will be published in conjunction with the show.
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Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea
Rúa Valle Inclán, 2 - 15703 Santiago de Compostela
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