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Between the forms that go towards the serpent
and the forms that seek the glass

Dates: December 4, 2020 - May 9, 2021
Curators: Roxana Gazdzinski - Joaquín Jesús Sánchez
Spaces: South Cloister | St. Bruno Chapel | Outer Chapel | Atrium | Cloister

Álvaro Albaladejo · Ana Barriga · Pablo Capitán del Río · Álvaro Escalona · Valle Galera · Irene Infantes · Christian Lagata · Manuel M. Romero · José Manuel Martínez Bellido · Moreno & Grau · Mercedes Pimiento · Florencia Rojas

The Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo presents the work of twelve young Andalusian artists under a title taken from "Return from a Walk", the first poem in Federico García Lorca's Poet in New York, a verse that eloquently expresses the varied interests of the participants in this exhibition.

Serpent and glass are contrasting but not antonymous terms: the former suggests sinuousness, speed and strength, while the latter evokes images of smoothness, transparency and fragility. The reference to Lorca's poetry is also a subtle statement of intent: rather than presenting a typically Andalusian approach to art, this show aims to illustrate the heterogeneous, formally different and semantically complex nature of the work of today's Andalusian artists, who embrace the local and the vernacular through the logic of contemporary artistic languages.

The exhibition posits a dialogue with space and territory which, like the serpent and glass, reveals affinities and differences. All of the pieces were created specifically for the occasion: some appeal directly to familiar, recognizable elements, while others propose distant and even non-existent realities. The work of Mercedes Pimiento and Florencia Rojas delves into the architecture and history of this building, while Álvaro Escalona attempts to establish a connection between that history and Lorca's poetry through sound abstraction. The proposals of Valle Galera and Ana Barriga, though quite different, both explore the Lorcan universe. In their installations, Irene Infantes and Christian Lagata use textile and industrial elements, respectively, establishing a constant dialogue between the nature of the materials they use and the meaning they acquire when they are transformed and placed in a new context. The deceptive simplicity of Manuel M. Romero's paintings offers a reflection on the internal possibilities of painting itself, in the same way that José Manuel Martínez Bellido reflects on photography as an artistic discipline. The photographs and sculptures of Moreno & Grau transport us to a geographically and chronologically distant reality, while the works of Pablo Capitán del Río and Álvaro Albaladejo converse directly with the space they occupy.


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Joaquín Jesús Sánchez: A glass serpent, a crakling blue [Joaquín Jesús Sánchez: A glass serpent, a crackling blue]

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Irene Infantes. El equilibrio del arropo (2020). ©José Morón

Mercedes Pimiento. Como un monumento al colapso (2020). ©José Morón


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