Opening:14 May, 2019
Professional visitors:14 May, 2019
Opening to public:14 May, 2019Artist/s involved:
In this new series of large-format paintings, Gino Rubert portrays the world of art: its places, actors and events. The artist in society and in intimacy. To do so, he uses the rhetoric of meta-painting (the painting inside the painting) and also images where we see art galleries full of people attending an inauguration and other empty galleries that only have pictures resting on the floor and facing the wall. On the one hand, from the series The place to be, he talks about social life, glamour and shows business through baroque references such as the variegated horror vacui or symbols typical of Vanitas such as the skull or the soap bubble. On the other hand, the series To be or not to be reflects on the silence, solitude, and vertigo that invades the artist before the leap into the void that represents the night of the premiere.
“Even if we are not, are we? If no one looks at us, do we exist?” Gino Rubert
As an introduction to the exhibition in which light, colour, and drawing prevail over conceptual drifts, we find a large-format painting that presents the interior of an empty art gallery. In front of it, hundreds of photos and documents archived according to a precise but indecipherable criterion, more reminiscent of the secret record of an obsessive scientist than the photographic archive of an artist. With this scenic installation, Gino Rubert invites us to put ourselves in his place for a moment to understand his work process: “…I usually begin the paintings by spreading out photographic portraits on the canvas (some that I buy in flea markets, others that I have downloaded from the internet or, the most, that I have taken myself). And so, between those characters and myself, we are configuring a scene without previous ideas in such a way that finally the chemistry between those characters/souls and a point of scene direction on my part would be the ingredients of a cake that a priori I never know what form it will have or what it will taste like…”.
Following the trail of previous experimentations on collage and trompe l’oeil such as the use of natural hair in his exhibition Irma Lentamente (2009) or the introduction of text in Exvoto (2014), in the present The place to be or not to be, Gino Rubert introduces lighting on the back of some paintings in order to achieve a greater illusion of depth. As the artist says: “…I have always been particularly interested in that original ambition-function of painting to create the illusion of space; the process of translating with tricks, laws, and ingenuity, the world we perceive in three dimensions to the two-dimensional plane on which we draw…”.
Parallel to the exhibition, we will celebrate the publication of Sí, quiero edited by Lunwerg and which presents an unusual and exciting portrait of sentimental relationships, with a series of events such as the presentation of the book and a round table.