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ADN Galeria: Virginie Barré "Close Up" / Bruno Peinado "Wild Angle" - 27 May 2011 to 30 July 2011

Current Exhibition

27 May 2011 to 30 July 2011

Opening: April 15th 7.30 p.m. till 9.00
ADN Galeria
c/ Enrique Granados, 49
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Virginie Barré, 2011
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Artists in this exhibition: Virginie Barré, Bruno Peinado

Virginie Barré Close Up / Bruno Peinado Wild Angle

May 27th – July 30th, 2011

Bruno Peinado’s work operates through a principle of contamination and cultural mix, melting influences and eferences in a way we could define as “democratic” and free from any constriction. The artist blurs the distinction between the so-called “high” culture, reserved to the elite, and a popular culture spread through communication means, cultural industry and advertizing; by doing so, he assembles eclectic elements coming from different temporalities, cultural and disciplinary fields.

The title of this exhibition shows that even language is a means of hybridization for Peinado, an artistic matter he manipulates and distorts. Wild Angle plays with the idea of a broad and open point of view (“wide angle”, corresponding to a typology of photographic lens), juxtaposed with an unpredictable “wild” dimension that resists to domestication and moves away from the common schemes and models of representation. Some images integrate with the social sphere without their media, cultural and social impact being reconsidered critically. Peinado extracts and put them in contact with other references, inviting the viewer to adopt another viewing angle. This tension can be perceived through the exhibited works; familiar signs and codes shock with alien objects, “made-up” by the artist till they become unrecognizable. Despite this, images can provoke a feeling of “déjà-vu”, like in the installation “Les Ambassadeurs”. The work takes up a model of representation considered as an exercise of mastery and sophistication during Renaissance: the anamorphosis. It applies it, ironically, to a very common and almost trivial sign of our time, the smiley.

Humor and irony have indeed a fundamental site in Peinado’s work, as devices used to mediate the inevitable clash between diverse cultures and ideals, which is characteristic of our globalized world. In the sculpture “Kinky Afro”, the raised black fist (symbol, among others, of the Black Panthers’ struggle) belongs in an ironic way to a character of comics, very likely Mickey Mouse, which was often denounced as a symbol of U.S imperialism. The installation “Sans titre- I melt with you” displays national flags, objects that usually crystallize identities and patriotic feelings. The flags are declined in eleven versions fading gradually, up to total white. Erasure does not appear here as a negative fact, but as the first condition to receive other influences and melt with them.

In accordance with this gamble on hybrid cultural forms that resonate with his own half-blood roots, the artist pays tribute to a literary and political trend that brought in one of the most important social and political transformations of the last century: the “Négritude”, initiated in the second half of the 20th century. Peinado diverts a classical sculpture of Hermes, protecting god of the travelers and poets. Classical Greek sculpture is seen as a very significant step into occidental culture; in Peinado’s work, it is hijacked by other identities, black and Creole, like those of poets Aimé Césaire and Edouard Glissant, eulogists of a multi-sourced culture, cosmopolite, mobile and open.

Virginie Barré - 1970, Lives and works in Douarnenez (France)

Solo shows (selection): 2011 Close Up, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain. Virginie Barré, Université de Caen de Basse-Normandie, Caen, France. Virginie Barré, CIAC, Pont-Aven, France. 2010 Le Groupe du Vendredi, Château de Taurines, Centrès, France. 2009 Simone, Galerie Loevenbruck, Paris, France. Pieces, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain. 2007 Blissfully, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain. Slumberland, Les Collections de Saint Cyprien, St. Cyprien, France. 2006 Bauhaus, Gallery Parker´s Box, New York, USA. Bauhaus and indians, Ritter/Zamet Gallery, London, Great Britain.Virginie Barré, Abbaye de Ronseray Angers France 2005 Simple Dames Galerie Loevenbruck Ronseray, Angers, France. Dames, Loevenbruck, Paris, France. El Corte Francés, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain.

Group shows (selection): 2011 Investigations of a Dog, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden. Sans Titre: Virginie BARRÉ, - Pierre MALPHETTES –Bruno PEINADO, Musée des Beaux-arts Denys-Puech, Rodez, France. Je me fais mon cinéma, Centre d’Art Contemporain, Istres, France. 2010 WNTRSLN, Parker’s Box, New York, USA. The Digital Hand, National Taïwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taïwan. L’art selon Elles, Espace culturel Les Dominicaines, Pont-l’Evêque, France. Arts Le Havre, Biennale d'Art Conteporain, Le Havre, France. 2009 Animamix Biennial-Visual Attract&Attack, MOCA, Taipei. Suspect Reason, Artlexis, NewYork, USA.Investigations of a Dog,FondazioneSandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy. Play Time, Parcours Saint Germain, Paris, France. Vraoum!, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France. 2008 5 is only a number, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain. Esculturismo, Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid, Spain. When fears become form, CAN - Centre d'art de Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Every Body Counts, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Oslo, Norway. 2007 Drawing and Dreaming, ADN Galeria Barcelona, Spain. XS París, Fondation Ricard, Paris. France. Biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon 2007, Lyon, France. Nuevos Horizontes - Artistas contemporáneos de Francia, MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo, Vigo, Spain. News Horizons, La Centrale Electrique – Centro Europeo de Arte Contemporáneo, Art, Bruselas, Belgium. 2006 Cosa Nostra, Glassbox, Paris,
France. Bang Bang! Musée d´art et d´industrie de St. Etienne, Saint Etienne, France. Notre Histoire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. 2005 WA, Jakarta, Indonesia. Parafraseando al diablo, Alzaibar, Montevideo, Uruguay. Expérience de la Durée. Biennale d’art contemporain de Lyon, France. WA Surface d´autonomie temporaire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. Draw! Galerie du jour Agnès B, Paris, France. I Still Believe in Miracles, Musée d´art moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC, Couvent des
Cordeliers, Paris, France.

Bruno Peinado - 1971, Lives and works in Douarnenez (France)

Solo shows (selection): 2011 Wild Angle, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain. All Tomorrow Parties, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Viena, Austria. French but Fresh, Galeria Loevenbruck, Paris, France. 2010 Casino Incaos, Baroque Courtoisie, Casino Luxembourg, Luxemburg. 2009 Purple Brain - Objects in Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear, 21 Rozendaal Museum, Enschede, The Netherlands. Masses, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain. Big Bang, Parker Box, New York, USA. 2008 ME, MYSELF AND I (Edition Loevenbruck, Paris), ArtistBook International, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France. 2007 Blisfully ADN Galería Barcelona Spain Radical Buissonance Blisfully, Galería, Barcelona, Spain. Buissonance, FRAC des Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, France. 2006 The Endeless Winter, Gallerie Continua, San Gimignano, Italy. 2005 Why Style?, comisariado por M.O.Wahler, Swiss Institute -Contemporary Art, Nueva York , USA. Silence is sexy, Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland.

Group shows (selection): 2011 A Selection from the Elgiz Collection, Çiragan Palace Kempinsky Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey. French Window: Looking at Contemporary Art through the Marcel Duchamp Prize, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan. Les trois princes de Serendip, la fontaine moussue, Centre d'Art Contemporain d’Istres, France. 2010 De Leur Temps 3, Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Strasbourg, France. Le Sourire du Chat (Opus 1), FRAC des Pays-de-la-Loire / Le Hangar à Bananes, Nantes, France. Now New: NewWorks New Space, Proje4L / Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art,Istanbul,Turkey. Buy-Sellf // Retour vers le Futur, CAPC – Museé d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux, France. 2009 Libertad, Igualdad y Fraternidad, Sala de Exposiciones La Lonja, Zaragoza, Spain. Vraoum!, La Maison Rouge, Paris, Francie. La Force de l'Art 02, Grand Palais, Paris, France.The Invisible Labyrinth + FRAC Île-de-France, Théatre National de Chaillot, Paris, France. 2008 Esculturismo, Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid, Spain. Retour sur Terre!, Stade de France, St Denis La Plaine, France. La collection Lambert en Avignon voyage à Rome, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy. Medio Dia / Media Noche, MACRO, Rosario, Argentina. 2007 Medio Dia / Media Noche, Centro Cultural de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon 2007, Lyon, France. De leur temps (2), art Contemporain et collections privées, Grenoble, France. Nuevos Horizontes, Artistas Contemporáneos de Francia, MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo, Vigo, Spain. DC Düsseldorf Contemporary, Messe Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany. Nouveauxs Horizons, La Centrale Electrique - European Centre for Contemporary Art, Brusselas, Belgium. A moitié carré, à moitié faux, Villa Arson, Nice, France. 2006 Prix Marcel Duchamp, FIAC 2006, Grand Palais, Paris, France. Biennale de Busán, Busan Museum of Modern Art, Busán, South Corea. Icônes, Espace Louis Vuitton, Paris, France. Notre histoire, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. 2005 Senza Confine, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy. Experiencing Duration, Biennale d´Art Contemporain, Lyon, France. Just do it!, Lentos, Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria.

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