Among the relevant topics of the blog is to show you artistic pieces made with concrete as a sculptural material. A material out of context of the field for which it was created and that is more than a means to express itself.
Continuing with the previous post-compilation, here I bring you a series of pieces made from this material discovered in my exhibition tours.
The selected pieces use concrete beyond the constructive process to speak to us about issues such as the transformation of places, or even ideas, through time, or build other ways of thinking and understanding art.
The following is a tour, in no particular order, of ten pieces made of this contemporary material:
- Work “Superposición de materia gris” by Antoni Tápies, oil on canvas that includes cement to give texture and materiality to the painting. It was presented in the exhibition “Spanish Art of the Fifties and its International Projection” at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
“Superposición de materia gris”
- The public sculpture “Meeting Place III”, by Eduardo Chillida which, as its name suggests, suggests an invitation to dialogue between art and passers-by. The piece is located in the Museo de escultura al Aire Libre de la Castellana in Madrid.
“Lugar de encuentros III”
- The piece “On the other side of the wall”, by José María Subirachs The work is composed of a concrete monolith, of an architectural nature, crossed by six limestone spheres to reflect on the study of the penetration of some bodies into others. Like the previous one, it can be found in the Museo de escultura al Aire Libre de la Castellana in Madrid.
José María Subirachs
"Al otro lado del muro"
- The piece is part of the project “Architecture, Body and Clothing” by the artist David Latorre. An installation inspired by the constructive medium and which suggests a reflection on the passage of time and the fragility of architecture. It was presented by the Antonia Puyó Gallery (Zaragoza) at the JustMad.19 fair.
“Arquitectura, Cuerpo e Indumentaria”
- The pieces of the series #PHASE, of DEMSKY J. that we could contemplate in the exhibition “VLTRAMETRIC PROTOCOL” in our visit to the Delimbo Gallery within the route RutaExpo12. A mixture between urban art and design that has originated a series of author’s pieces.
- The piece “Portal”, by Jorge Gil, which we were able to enjoy during our visit to the exhibition AL OTRO LADO at the Espacio Olvera Gallery as part of the RutaExpo14 tour. The work made of black cement represents the access to another dimension and the search for new paths.
- Block Column” piece, by Xavier Arenós. The pillar shows the uselessness of an architectural approach that was never carried out and is shown as a purely decorative element. It was presented by the Rosa Santos Gallery (Valencia) in ARCO.16.
- Two pieces “s/t” by the sculptor Cristina Iglesias. The first piece, made in 1990, works with the qualities of different materials in relation to light. The second piece, made in 1985, is as if it represented a branch in the process of growth. Both pieces were part of the exhibition “Una Dimensión Ulterior” which was held this summer in the Museo Patio Herreriano in Valladolid.
- And to finish the piece “Cada día todo parece mas otra cosa” by Juan López. A piece made in cement on plasterboard that also belongs to the exhibition “Una Dimensión Ulterior” and to which he dedicated this post that you can read here.
“Cada día todo parece más otra cosa”
In each of these pieces, concrete is treated as a language of its own. Although it is true that many artists use it because their work is somehow related to architecture, others choose it for its qualities and its way of expression.
Once again it would be complicated to bring together these ten pieces made of concrete, although I do not rule out that many of them could be brought together with a reinforced constructive discourse.
While we wait for that moment we can enjoy this selection of pieces and check out all that concrete as a sculptural material can offer us.
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