NEXUS

COLECTIVA

IGNASI ABALLÍ, HERBERT BRANDL, DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, GLEN RUBSAMEN, JUAN USLÉ, JOSÉ MARÍA YTURRALDE

In a moment in which we often break with any predetermined capacity of knowing what will happen, art participates of a very big variety of discourses that create a wide range of proposals, exhibitions or topics. In this context of apparent dialogic fragmentation arises Nexus.

With Nexus, Galería Miguel Marcos brings together the work of six international artists in order to think about how this supposed fragmentation affects the act of collecting. In this sense -and understanding the collection as the action and the effect of connecting- the display works as the result of a first reflection exercise based on thinking the collection as a space for multiple connections.

In this way, we realize how the collection turns into an engine that generates connectivity between different gazes to accentuate its capacity for creating links apparently unrelated or ultimately unexpected. And then, from this new network of (inter)relations, the display is transformed into a space for the possibility. A possibility that, applied to a specific space/time, allows to discuss in a complete harmony the gestual power of Herbert Brandl and Aballí literal definitions, the smooth surfaces of Rubsamen and Hollingsworth pictorial reliefs or Uslé pictorical labyrinths and Yturralde chromatic horizontality.

The result of this polyvocal amalgam is a perfect set of notes and flavors that shows the eternal battle between painting and the intangible; the fight between thought and classification. A combat of creativity that remind us the complexity of painting languages, the richness of its forms and the wonders that emerge from color juxtaposition. The same juxtaposition that is achieved when we think a collection as a gap. Apertures that become potential spaces for generating connections as the nexus that emerges from the dialogue between these artists.

IGNASI ABALLÍ (Barcelona, Spain, 1958). Lives and works in Barcelona. He studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona and was a professor at Massana School from 1990 to 2007. Through eminently conceptual language, his work reflects on the limits of art in relation to daily life, giving special attention to the idea of memory and time.

HERBERT BRANDL (Graz, Austria, 1959). He is an austrian abstract painter. Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He currently teaches at the School of Art in Düsseldorf. He participated in Documenta IX, 1992 and at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Since 2000, he deals with the theme of mountains. He has worked on this issue from different techniques and formats, always concerned about the transformation of the motif in colorful spatial and structural formations, and the opposition between form and content.

DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH (Los Angeles, USA 1956). He grew up  in Los Angeles (California), where he studied architecture. In the nineties, he starts its pictorial journey under the view of the West Coast new expressionists, getting join his work at the MOCA in Los Angeles. His work is characterized by the unusual use of oil as low relief, their alive and basic colors, and his technique "alla prima": without corrections or glazes.

GLEN RUBSAMEN (Los Angeles, USA 1959). Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Rome and Los Angeles. He studied at the University of California. He makes landscape paintings in various formats for capturing differents moments of the day, such as sunrise or sunset. In recent years, his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Strasbourg or in the Taipei Biennial.

JUAN USLÉ (Santander, Spain, 1954). Lives and works between New York and Saro (Cantabria). He studied Fine Arts at the College of San Carlos of Valencia between 1973 and 1977. Uslé's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums since 1981 and his first solo exhibition in New York was in 1989. Uslé lyrical abstraction conveys a poetic and personal worldview. His paintings create a space for dialogue in which the viewer enters in a perfectly articulated and addressed maze.

JOSÉ MARÍA YTURRALDE (Cuenca, Spain, 1942). Lives and works in Valencia. He has a degree and a PhD in Fine Arts at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He was Research Fellow in the Center for Advanced Visual Studies Massachussetts Institute of Technology. He participated in the IX Biennial of Sao Paolo. His work revolves around his reflective inquiry into ideas about space, time, infinity or the sublime. Ideas where the vacuum is the origin of unknown universes.