Gure Artea

From: Thursday, 01 November 2007

To: Sunday, 13 January 2008

Place: North Gallery

The jury of the 19th Gure Artea awards selected 16 artists and, as is the custom, awarded prizes to three of them: Abigail Lazkoz, Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa and Txuspo Poyo.

The jury of the 19th Gure Artea awards selected 16 artists and, as is the custom, awarded prizes to three of them: Abigail Lazkoz, Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa and Txuspo Poyo.

One of the aims of the Gure Artea awards is to disseminate the work of Basque artists and to do this, the successful artists are given the opportunity to show their works in a special exhibition.

Apparently, we should look at this exhibition as if it were the three one-man shows of the award-winning artists, in spite of the fact that we can see a number of similarities in their work, as all three of them were born in the same place, studied similar subjects at the Leioa Fine Artes Faculty and have taken similar courses, all three of them live or have lived abroad, maintain links with the Basque Country and show signs of the continuous coming and going associated with being from one place and living in another.

As all three are similar but different, the exhibition is full of difficulties, as if one of the responsibilities of art is to bring problems out into the light. In other words, this does not involve an exhibition organised around a theme or an idea, but, at the same time, we should not look at it as three one-man shows.

On the other hand, we should try to look for the elements that link the works of these three artists although, perhaps, in reality the only thing that they have in common is that they have all won the Gure Artea prize. However, the element that links these three projects may be their reaction to receiving the award: the nature of the Gure Artea competition and its purpose, the way they present themselves to the public that has awarded them the prize and what they have to offer the public.

Abigail Lazkoz has presented a series of drawings entitled Antianimismo, which has never been seen anywhere before. In the four large drawings that make up the series, Abigail Lazkoz speaks out against the human soul, as the title itself reveals. The theme of man against man is habitual in the drawings of Lazkoz and, on this occasion, we can see in all their crude reality the contradictions and conflicts that human beings store inside themselves. In other words, we want to resolve the problem involved in our being part of nature once and for all, and that approach is becoming more and more common. Nevertheless, we must not forget nature, as it is becoming clearer and clearer that in addition to culture, we are also nature.

The project of Juan Pérez is based on his customary work, i.e., he takes elements of day-to-day life and popular culture and places them in the exhibition hall. With the change of context he highlights the tension between the two extremes, on one hand the problem of the significance of the images that are shown in the exhibition hall and, on the other, the trivial nature of the images we see every day of our lives.

In his previous works, he examined political ideologies and questions and, on this occasion, he does something similar with the project entitled Ukabil goratuko kontzertua (Concept of the raised fist), in which he has transcribed words from the well-known popular songs and texts that a number of French philosophers have been commissioned to write for him. He asked a well-known «8-man choir» to sing these transformed songs and collected them on a CD that people can take them home to listen to.

The video by Txuspo Poyo entitled Delay glass is a kind of voyage made inside the well-known Le Grand Verre by Duchamp. The visit by Txuspo to this piece of work, which is considered to be an icon of 20th-century art, is a reflection upon the desire that guided Duchamp's world and, in general, the world of surrealism. He has put feeling, taken as a machine, into motion, in the way in which the original author described it on so many occasions. However, the audiovisual media that exist today to recreate three dimensions and to imitate numerous effects of reality, offer the artist an opportunity to reconstruct Duchamp`s world, especially with regard to transparencies and reflections. Txuspo transforms something that can be considered to be a complex object in a virtual world in which one can live, an enviable thing for Surrealists, I would say.

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