Production, NOT reproduction. Graphic artworks of the Artium Collection. Ediciones La Taller Collection

From: Saturday, 17 February 2018

To: Sunday, 22 April 2018

Place: ZabalArte, Salvatierra; La Casona, Amurrio

Production, NOT reproduction presents the work of 31 authors —most of whom work locally—, made over the last 10 years

ZabalArte, Agurain-Salvatierra, from 2018 february 17 to march 18
La Casona gallery, Amurrio, from 2018 march 23 to april 22

Artists: Natalia Albéniz, Izaskun Álvarez Gainza, Miren Arenzana, Itziar Barrio, Mikel Belakortu, Toni Crabb, María Domínguez Campelo, Oier Etxeberría, César Fernández Arias, Charo Garaigorta, Amaia Gracia Azqueta, Cristina Gutiérrez-Meurs, Jabier Herrero, Eduardo Hurtado, Gema Intxausti, Zuhar Iruretagoiena, Miriam Isasi, Jeleton, Gabriela Kraviez, Eunkang Koh, Olaf Ladousse, Nerea Lekuona, Elena Mendizabal, Jasone Miranda, Antonio Ruiz Montesinos, Mónica Ortuzar, Mario Paniego, Javier Pividal, Iker Serrano, Aristide Stornelli, Susana Talayero, Juan Pablo Villalpando

Curator: Enrique Martínez Goikoetxea

Artium, Basque Centre-Museum of Contemporary Art, has been invited to present a part of its collection in a number of different locations in the province of Alava. Since the late sixties, the Provincial Council of Alava has amassed a significant collection of the art produced in this region. We interpret Art to be a synonym of thought, converted into experience, into images and objects that reflect and attempt to expand our world in multiple directions, beyond the limits posed by our day-to-day existence.

This occasion has allowed us to get to know and evaluate one of the latest purchases made for the Collection, a work that reflects one of the most efficient techniques with regard to its way of thinking and diffusion, a world of images that is both intimate and powerful: the engraving. Production, NOT reproduction presents the work of 31 authors —most of whom work locally—, made over the last 10 years. These are works that speak to us of the creative process and artistic research, of a coming together and communication, and of another important criterion, i.e., the democratisation of art, through which a number of works become accessible to a greater number of people interested in contemporary art and its way of experiencing, of thinking about the world.

These objects, made in La Taller, Maite Martínez de Arenaza’s studio in Bilbao, are characterised by their attention to detail and quality, in the words of the printer, «to live well and, if possible, slowly». Made up of a total of 39 pieces, it features the most traditional techniques, such as woodcuts, lithography, screen printing, etching, embossing… including the latest processes of digital creation, with their combinations of processes and objects.

The artists taking part have approached graphic arts from other visual techniques. Their experience in sculpture, painting or installation, drawing, video or action is heightened with the warmth of the meticulous printing process, similar to writing, urgent, punctual; a reflective, seductive process. Technique and language —as areas of artistic research— and the process as perceptible material, are the main theme arguments of this selection that defends the experience of art and the interaction of the image between what is visible and what is felt.

Although the etching tradition as a technique has blended creation with the function of communicating and disseminating information to the public, today, this dependence has been broken and as is the case of all the other visual arts, rests more heavily on the concept than on the process. The title, Production, NOT reproduction, emphasises the importance of the awareness of the message and the means, it accentuates the poetic function, the creative genius, and extracts highly significant content from each one of the parts of the process —the processing of the matrix, the performance of tests, approval, printing, formalisation and presentation—. A production based on a demanding technique —a requirement that is often considered to be a hindrance in the motivation to create—, and the commitment of what it conveys, of producing meaning and in which diversity derives from creating objects, in order to propitiate the creation of an art, «for everyone», based on that ability to distribute.

Lastly, we should like to point out that 4 of these works of art have been produced specifically for this exhibition by local artists and to make known the work of the artistic community of this province. The artists from Vitoria-Gasteiz Nerea Lekuona, Natalia Albéniz, and Miriam Isasi, and Mario Paniego from Amurrio, have contributed individual proposals in accordance with the precepts of the project. Thus, the inclusion of these new works in the Museum’s collection has been feasible and their cost has not been a handicap for the public interested in this subject.

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