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Auto. Dream and Matter

LABoral Art and Industrial Creation Centre, Gijon

Approaching the automobile as a critical and creative field of inquiry

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Curator Alberto Martín Expósito
Assistant curator Victoria del Val

Artists: Roy Arden, Eric Aupol, Yael Bartana, Manolo Bautista, Michele Bazzana, Hans Op de Beeck, Valérie Belin, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Etienne Bossut, Frank Breuer, Michel de Broin, Alain Bublex, June-Bomb Park, Edward Burtynsky, Andrew Bush, Hervé Coqueret, Stéphane Couturier, Félix Curto, Stephen Dean, Jeremy Dickinson, Juan Fernández, Sylvie Fleury, Alicia Framis, Juan del Junco, Pannos Kokkinias, Annika Larsson, Miki Leal, Ange Leccia, Zilla Leutenegger, Juan López, Maider López, Chip Lord, Thom Merrick, Vik Muniz, Ahmet Ögüt, Julian Opie, Sven Pählsson, Miguel Palma, Jesús Palomino, Panamarenko, Martin Parr, Tobias Rehberger, Pedro Reyes, Betsabeé Romero, Samuel Rousseau, Bruno Rousseaud, Michael Samuels, Corinna Schnitt, Franck Scurti, Jim Shaw, Roman Signer, Dirk Skreber, Amy Stein, Thomas Struth, Xavier Veilhan, Kelley Walker, Koen Wastijn, Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky, Pamela Wilson-Ryckman and Erwin Wurm.

Auto. Dream and Matter analyses the presence of the car in contemporary art, or, more precisely, the relation between car culture and artistic creation in recent decades through more than a hundred works of art by 60 different artists. The powerful symbolism of the automobile – capable of exemplifying, synthesising or steering complex discussions about the reality of the here and now – continues to awaken interest in numerous artists, perhaps receiving even more emphasis in recent decades. The exhibition's contents are organised around this artistic interest and its results in recent years. As a contextual reference, the starting point is in the 1980s, a period during which the artistic reading of the car has acquired great density and complexity, such as critical perspective and distanciated acridity. The automobile has been and continues to be one of the most effective ways to turn dreams into reality. Now the artists ask about the reality of these dreams.

Exhibition coproduced with CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid

Exhibition design: Longo + Roldán
Graphic design: The Studio of Fernando Gutiérrez

Image: Erwin Wurm. UFO, 2006, mixed media, 80 x 275 x 550 cm

LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial is a space for artistic exchange. It is set up with the purpose of establishing an effective alliance between art, design, culture, industry and economic progress and the goal of becoming a space for interaction and dialogue between art, new technologies and industrial creation. It throws a special spotlight on production, creation and research into art concepts still being defined.

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LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
Los Prados, 121 - 33394 Gijón (Asturias) Spain
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Monday, 12 noon - 8 pm

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