Opening, October 3, 2019, 7 pm
Exhibition, October 4 – November 8, 2019
One might say that the daily office routine hardly differs at all from that in the artist’s studio; in both cases a wide array of materials on a specific theme are brought into the desired form. The Spanish-German artist Ignacio Uriarte is familiar with both environments. After studying business administration, he worked for international corporations and got caught up in the daily grind of making copies, wielding ballpoint pens, and crafting Excel lists. As an artist, he now puts the materials and media that surrounded him in his previous career back into action: printer cartridges that leave traces behind—an annoyance in the office, a boon in the studio—as well as the blue, red, green, and black of the BIC ballpoint pen, along with spreadsheets and graph paper.
Although Uriarte produces his art using analogue means, methodologically he follows a machine logic that is determined by the digits zero and one—a logic that shapes not only the office routine but has increasingly come to dominate work in the studio as well in the 21st century. The artist experiments with the tools of his past occupation by investigating the action sequences that are coupled with them. According to Uriarte, these are “ridiculously small gestures and routines,” such as folding a letter before putting it in an envelope or scribbling on paper during a phone call. At Kunstraum Lakeside the artist will present a selection of his most recent works.
Ignacio Uriarte (b. 1972 in Germany) lives and works in Berlin.