ARCHAEOLOGY FABRICATED
March 22, 2014 - April 23, 2014
Karlos Gil, Martin Llavaneras, Javier Fresneda, Xavier Ristol, Raúl Artiles, Moneiba Lemes, Mirak Jamal

 

Installation view
Archaeology fabricated, 2014
Junefirst Gallery

 

Installation view
Archaeology fabricated, 2014
Junefirst Gallery

 

Installation view
Archaeology fabricated, 2014
Junefirst Gallery

 

Karlos Gil
Output Functions, 2013-ongoing
Polymer plastic, laser-cut acrylic and plywood

 

Karlos Gil
Output Functions, 2013-ongoing
Polymer plastic, laser-cut acrylic and plywood

 

Martin Llavaneras
Overlay, 2013
16mm transfered to video. 5' 30"

 

Martin Llavaneras
Overlay, 2013 (Detail)
16mm transfered to video. 5' 30"

 

Javier Fresneda
Rosetta (Rorschach), 2013
Vector image on adhesive vinyl, 120 x 110 cm

Download Rosetta (Rorschach) II, 2014

 

Javier Fresneda
Rosetta (Rorschach), 2013 (Detail)
Vector image on adhesive vinyl, 120 x 110 cm

 

Xavi Ristol
Georgia & Other issues, 2009
Video, DVD PAL. 16’49”, and publication

 

Xavi Ristol
Georgia & Other issues, 2009
Video, DVD PAL. 16’49”, and publication

 

Raúl Artiles
Yellow Slide, 2011
Oil on canvas, 25 x 30

Moneiba Lemes
Schatz, 2009
Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

 

 

Raúl Artiles
Yellow Slide, 2011
Oil on canvas, 25 x 30

Moneiba Lemes
Schatz, 2009
Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm

 

Mirak Jamal
Alex proposition to Panama Canal Authority, 2014
Print on dibond, A0, metal frame, dimensions variable. Graphite on paper, A5, 40x40cm glass

Download Letter

 

Mirak Jamal
Alex proposition to Panama Canal Authority, 2014 (Detail)
Graphite on paper, A5, 40x40cm glass

 

 

 

ARCHAEOLOGY FABRICATED
March 22, 2014 - April 23, 2014
Karlos Gil, Martin Llavaneras, Javier Fresneda, Xavier Ristol, Raúl Artiles, Moneiba Lemes, Mirak Jamal

 

Ruins and stones, relics and artifacts found as proof of the past trigger a whole operation of fiction. Making sense of clues scattered and filling in the gaps is an act of narration. Archaeology ventures on the possibilities of a concealed original sense and function of things, a use and a place amongst other things in a different time, in the very same place.
Retrospective value is given and objects revealed become tokens. They are unique, fetishised and made symbolic. It is a gesture of rescuing from oblivion, in the need of preserving and cherishing, justifying and explaining.

As a reversed action, a seeming excavation is undertaken when there is nothing to be found. The possibility of decrypting is prevented. The sacred is conquered with the bare body, in an act of sport and leisure. An ancient and a pop icon are blended and relocated in a place of high historical charge. A new object is made of reminiscences of existing things; a future release, lacking sense and function, is now given prospective value.
Under the sand, somebody's forgotten things become fortune. The remains of today's entertainment are made into contemporary ruins.

 

 

LIST OF WORKS

 

Karlos Gil, Output Functions, 2013-ongoing. Polymer plastic, laser-cut acrylic and plywood.
Two pieces belonging to a larger project, objects made with a blend of existing things, from actual artifacts to organic materials or cultural references, designed to be synthetic and somewhat undefined. The proposal of these objects without application or purpose creates an unrealistic museum of impossible relics.

 

Martin Llavaneras, Overlay, 2013. 16mm transfered to video. 5' 30".
The artist climbs the Gollenstein standing stone, a menhir from the end of the neolithic period. Climbing as a sport, a form of self-recreation on one hand, and a way of conquering nature on the other, is imposed upon an ancient archeological find. Part natural and part man-made, this mysterious piece of the past loses its aura with the intrusive action of reaching the top.

 

Javier Fresneda, Rosetta (Rorschach), 2013. Vector image on adhesive vinyl, 120 x 110 cm.
A digital modification of the Rosetta Stone, a well-known archaeological artifact. The Stone was discovered in Egypt by the french soldier Pierre-François Bouchard during the Napoleon's 1798-99 campaign in Egypt.
The original image of the Rosetta was cut in half digitally, then duplicated and reflected over its vertical axis, according to the projective test method of the Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach, used primordially for assessing personality.
The new version of the Stone shows the same lateral twice. Its inscriptions are equally reflected in both laterals of the object, showing a repetitive and incomplete message.

 

Xavi Ristol, Georgia & Other issues, 2009. Video, DVD PAL. 16’49”, and publication.
A fake archaeological excavation is set up by the artist and two workers are hired to shovel and look for something ambiguous underground. The process of digging with an unclear purpose, and all the collateral questions which that arises, are recorded in a video and transcribed into a play script-like publication.

 

Raúl Artiles, Yellow Slide, 2011. Oil on canvas, 25 x 30.
Part of a series depicting water slides of several abandoned parks in the Canary Islands. The architecture of entertainment, made for tourism from northern Europe, is fast obsolete and now still stands as a witness of the exploitation of landscape and the use and concept of leisure in contemporary society. It becomes a ruin of the immediate past and a measurement of the present.

 

Moneiba Lemes, Schatz, 2009. Oil on canvas, 30 x 30 cm.
A recurring figure on the beach in southern Europe, an image of a man searching for metal under the sand. Jewelry, coins, things of small value that other people left behind are treasured, only to be sold in a gesture that resembles that of the archaeologist, but at the same time defeats its purpose.

 

Mirak Jamal. Alex proposition to Panama Canal Authority, 2014. Print on dibond, A0, metal frame, dimensions variable. Graphite on paper, A5, 40x40cm glass.
Alex is a bust made of the blend between Alexander the Great from the Istambul Archaeological Museums and the features of a popular character of literature, a modern adventurer. The resulting fusion of icons, presenting history and fiction on the same level, is proposed to be located as a permanent sculpture in landmarks of transition, relating to the nature of both figures; places of traffic, travel and historical change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A CORRECTIVE SYSTEM OF EXERCISING
September 26th - November 15th, 2015
Alby Alamo
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UPBEAT HEIGHTS
June 20th - July 20th, 2015
David Bestué - Gabriele De Santis
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THE INCLINATION OF THE ANGLE
April 18th - May 16th, 2015
Josep Maynou, J.E. Oldendorf, Marco Montiel-Soto, Raphaël Constant
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FOOD NOW. ORGANIC DEVICES OF APPLIED LINGUISTICS
September 27th, 2014 - October 25th, 2014
Daniel Steegmann, Fermín Jiménez Landa, Daniel Jacoby, Wilfredo Prieto
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BIOPOLITICS OF THE SOUTH SIDE
July 17th, 2014 - August 17th, 2014
Rui Calçada Bastos, Paco Guillén, PSJM, Lorenzo Sandoval, José Otero, Martinka Bobrikova & Oscar de Carmen, Adrián Martínez
Guest curator Arístides Santana
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RECREATIONAL DUTY
April 25th, 2014 - May 16th, 2014
Laia Estruch, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Ryan Rivadeneyra, Sergi Botella
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ARCHAEOLOGY FABRICATED
March 22th, 2014 - April 23th, 2014
Karlos Gil, Martin Llavaneras, Javier Fresneda, Xavier Ristol, Raúl Artiles, Moneiba Lemes, Mirak Jamal
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FLYING SAUCERS
COLLOQUIAL EXPLORATIONS OF SCIENCE FICTION
February 15th, 2014 - March 15th, 2014
Víctor Jaenada, Serafín Álvarez, Josep Dominguez, Black Tulip, Mike Ruiz
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