Notes on Landscape (…)

Opening, November 19, 2019, 7 pm
Exhibition, November 20 – December 20 2019

Works by Paula Bruna Pérez, Mercedes Mangrané Mora, Francisco Navarrete Sitja, David Ortiz Juan

The exhibition Notes on Landscape (…) presents four artists who do not simply see the commonplace idea of “landscape” and the imaginary visions linked to it as a given, but as the basis for fields of action that are in constant need of redefinition. Based on an artistic process that has the potential to emancipate itself from the artwork and become an independent form, the exhibition focuses on various courses of development, phases, careers, unfoldings, and methods. In this field of tension, Paula Bruna Pérez negotiates questions of ecological sustainability in The Plantocene*, linking her questions to the dissolving boundaries between humans and plants, as well as between culture and nature. In Inverse Sublimation, Mercedes Mangrané Mora portrays landscape as a process of inwardness that paradoxically finds its expression in the surfaces and material qualities of her paintings. Francisco Navarrete Sitja examines political and strategic interest in certain territories in The water is as the body, the body is as the riverweed, the riverweed is as the journey by looking at the displacement of informal communities near Barcelona. Similarly political, but on a more abstract plane, David Ortiz Juan deals with the recollection of historical events in A landscape in which to dwell. The project investigates the role played in memory by the figure of the “phantom,” and how it expresses itself in representations of the physical and mental landscape.

Paula Bruna Pérez (b. 1978 in Spain) lives and works in Barcelona.

Mercedes Mangrané Mora (b. 1988 in Spain) lives and works in Barcelona.

Francisco Navarrete Sitja (b. 1986 in Chile) lives and works in Barcelona.

David Ortiz Juan (b. 1983 in Spain) lives and works in Barcelona.

The exhibition Notes on Landscape (…) takes place in collaboration with the Barcelona-based Hangar, center for art research and production. Hangar’s mission is to support visual artists throughout the various phases of their production processes and to contribute to the optimal development of their projects. Hangar helps them not only by providing equipment and studios but above all by putting at their disposal a suitable framework for experimentation and unencumbered knowledge transfer. The center offers a range of services that facilitate research and the development of art productions. Hangar then follows up on the results by finding ways to present the projects in various networks and platforms or to integrate them into other areas.

Hangar – centre de producció i recerca d’arts visuals

Paula Bruna Pérez, El Plantoceno, 2019

*Paula Bruna Pérez’s project The Plantocene has received technical and financial support from the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, through the “Severo Ochoa Programme for Centres of Excellence in R&D” 2016-2019 (SEV‐2015‐0533). Furthermore the project is supported by the Fundació Guasch-Coranty grant for the artistic creation.