X, Y, Z
20 DEC 2018 — 17 MAR 2019
For the past seven years, Museo ABC and Fundación Banco Santander have supported Contemporary Art with the program Conexiones. Artists linked to drawings are invited to develop a specific project for the Museum revealing the connections between two works chosen from the funds of Colección Banco Santander and Colección ABC. They face the challenge —based on their choice and with absolute creative freedom— to reveal the connections that give name to the program.
The invited works in Conexiones XVI are Gerardo Rueda, Pintura blanca (1970) [White Painting], from Colección Banco Santander, and Aguinaldos, by Mecachis (Eduardo Sáenz Hermúa), published in Blanco y Negro in 1894.
The catalogue reflects the delicate, monochrome, lineal and impeccable flair of the artist. His style has been described as “Office Art” as it is made with the most common working tools (sheets of paper, copies, pens, typewriters…). These are used to reflect and think about repetition, monotony, routines and grunt work. In the 120 pages of the book are included all the pieces of the exhibition, with their black and white simplicity; prodigious examples of ability, patience and precision. An essay by the curator, Óscar Alonso Molina, deepens in the artist’s method and career, as well as the “ekfrasies” (detailed descriptions of every work) written by Ignacio Uriarte explain the process by which the pieces are made. The catalogue includes a little coloured booklet where the reader can see the evolution of the project of this Conexiones from the first sketches of the works.
Óscar Alonso Molina and Ignacio Uriarte
22 x 16 cm