Friday, 07 June 2019 11:54

Artium presents De lo Perdido y lo Recuperado, an exhibition by Javier Hernández Landazabal

The artist shows a series of meticulous sculptures shaped like mechanical artefacts and their corresponding representation in painting. The exhibition raises questions such as the memory of what has been lived, the passage of time or the relationship between reality and representation.

Artium, Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art, presents the exhibition De lo Perdido y lo Recuperado, by Javier Hernández Landazabal (North Hall, from June 8 to September 15, 2019). Hernández Landazabal, whose career is usually associated with realistic painting, shows a lesser-known dimension of his production, in which he combines the creation of sculptures shaped like mechanical artefacts and their transfer to the canvas. De lo Perdido y lo Recuperado, which deals with issues such as the memory of what has been lived, the passage of time or the relationship between reality and representation, is curated by Daniel Castillejo and produced by Artium. The exhibition has a forthcoming catalogue with texts by Antonio Altarriba and Castillejo.

Javier Hernandez Landazabal (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1959) presents in De lo Perdido y lo Recuperado a little-known dimension of his artistic practice, generally associated with realistic painting. The exhibition contains a series of ten sculptures shaped like mechanical devices that the artist meticulously constructs with objects recovered and collected over the last 30 years. Once assembled, Hernandez Landazabal creates a careful setting to photograph these artefacts and then transfer them to the canvas with his usual slow-paced and detailed realistic technique. The exhibition presents nine paintings, as the tenth is the property of a private collector who has not been located.

All themes and resources are mentioned in the titles of the works: La Suerte y la Muerte, Arte-ficio Dadá, Tiempo Muerto, L'esprit de L'escalier... In the latter, for example, we can see a human skull on a book, both placed at the top of a ladder, and illuminated by a light bulb. As Antonio Altarriba explains in his text for the exhibition catalogue, The Spirit of the Ladder represents the brilliant idea that comes too late, when the reply is already impossible, "the lost opportunity, the sparkle that can no longer illuminate, the light bulb that lights up after death".

Graduated in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country during the 80s, he combined teaching plastic arts with the practices of painting, sculpture, drawing, illustration and comics. The publication in 1991 of his album Detective, a hybrid between painting and literature that presents a comic structure and a script by Antonio Altarriba, marks a turning point in his work. A work that, entering the 90's, opts, almost exclusively, towards a kind of realistic painting, technically refined and with narrative and reflexive intentionality.

About the exhibition  Leaflet  Texts in the gallery  Images for press use

De lo Perdido y lo Recuperado. Javier Hernández Landazabal
Curator: Daniel Castillejo
North Hall, from June 8 until September 15, 2019
Catalogue of the exhibition: texts by Antonio Altarribay and Daniel Castillejo (forthcoming publication)
Opening programme:
Friday, June 7

  • 7:00 p.m.: pre-opening guided tour to the exhibitions NOS[ YO ]OTROS and De lo Perdido y lo Recuperado. For Friends of Artium / Gallery Members (reservation required)
  • 8:00 p.m.: opening of the exhibitions.Free admission.

Upcoming guided tours  with the ticket for the Museum

  • Sunday, June 9, 12:00 p.m: along with NOS[ YO ]OTROS. In Spanish
  • Sunday, June 16, 12:00 p.m. In Spanish
  • Wednesday, June 26, 4:30 p.m.. In Basque. Tú decides entrance fee.

De lo Perdido y lo Recuperado: an Artium Production(Vitoria-Gasteiz)

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