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ADN Galeria: Ulrich Vogl - She brings the rain / Abdelkader Benchamma - Signal faible - 16 Sept 2011 to 5 Nov 2011

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16 Sept 2011 to 5 Nov 2011

ADN Galeria
c/ Enrique Granados, 49
T: +34 93 451 0064
F: +34 93 675 2423

Ulrich Vogl, She brings the rain, 2011
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Artists in this exhibition: Ulrich Vogl, Abdelkader Benchamma

Ulrich Vogl  She brings the rain
Abdelkader Benchamma  Signal faible

September 16 th – November 5 th , 2011

ADN Galeria will open on September 16th the solo shows She brings the rain by Ulrich Vogl and Signal faible by Abdelkader Benchamma.

Each proposal provides an inclusive view around the idea of drawing, understood as language and conceptual frame. Beyond its fundamental graphic properties, drawing is also conceived in the works of Vogl and Benchamma as an appropriate medium to address the notions of space, time, movement, perception and reality.

Defined as both experimental and conceptual, though paying attention to the importance of formal qualities, the work of the German artist Ulrich Vogl involves different disciplines and methodologies. Vogl’s installations combine, among others, fragments of nature, common objects and materials, lighting, technological devices. Vogl’s works resist to the static condition of traditional sculpture thanks to slight, almost imperceptible sounds or movements; they are produced by technological instruments or by the spectator himself, whose displacement generates the movement of suspended structures. Reflects and illuminations reinforce this sensation of instability. The artist’s predilection for lights and shadows appears in the interplay between surfaces of water, aluminum sheets, ingeniously displayed holes, fictitious windows. Each element contributes modestly to the creation of a subtly  animated display which invites spectators to a sustained contemplation.

“Making of” is another key principle, a constituent part of Vogl’s work. The artist shows all the elements used to create his installation, including those that would normally remain unseen: speakers, lights, projectors, electric cables come into view and show an efficient economy of means. The pieces, generally expressing a taste a bit “retro”, are also different between them. Quite unexpectedly and in spite of their function, they show some sculptural qualities. Indeed, the exhibition of functional objects doesn’t come from an intention to demythologize them or ironize on the importance these machines have acquired in our life. It rather expresses a genuine interest for the process of making, the poetry inherent to the fabrication of an (art)work.

Giving its title to the exhibition, the sound installation She brings the rain follows this line. Three speakers are placed around a hanging mobile, composed by aluminum “clouds”. A spotlight illuminates them up while they balance, following the rhythm of a song’s basses and lows. The music piece, composed by the German group CAN from the 1970s, evokes the dream of a distant summer. (...) In the dawn of the silvery day - Clouds seem to melt away (...) She brings the rain, it feels like spring, Magic mushrooms out of dreams (...) . Between a small model or the reduced version of a concert stage, visions of lazy clouds in the sky or hallucinations provoked by psychotropes, She brings the rain proposes an environment filled up with dreams, signs, fleeting memories.

Like Vogl’s other works, this composition has a “climatic” or “atmospheric” dimension. In a way, it refers to certain ecology of art according to which every element, every matter holds a particular weight and function, articulated with the whole. Refusing spectacular effects which source remains purposely hidden, Vogl’s work assume its character of fragile, ephemeral construction. Its variations depend on the changes of light, shadows and reflections, the speed of a small motor or the movement of visitors. While watching them, we can almost feel a breath, a vibration or an atmospheric change.

Abdelkader Benchamma shares the same interest for subtle changes. From a practice conceived initially as a kind of writing, with a particular emphasis on the drawing’s graphical properties and the flexibility of line, the French artist formulated in the last years a more complex vision. His actual work sets visual and mental proposals as graphic architectures developed in time and space, with their own rhythms, breaks and presences. They show an “expanded” practice of drawing, opened to various sizes, techniques and unsuspected dimensions. With a real ability to explore a multiplicity of supports, Benchamma removes from drawing his academic weight, bringing in fluidity and unpredictability.

Benchamma’s second exhibition at ADN Galeria embraces drawing as a crossroad that enables connections and contaminations between sculpture, installation, découpage, video animation and static images. The title “Signal c/ Enrique Granados, 49, SP-08008 Barcelona T. (+34) 93 451 0064, Exhibition Ulrich Vogl She brings the rain Abdelkader Benchamma Signal faible September 16 th – November 5 th , 2011 Faible” (weak signal) is taken from the field of economics: weak signals are some informal, almost imperceptible data that anticipate a trend, a change in the market. Even if analysts try to detect such micro-information and interpret it accurately, its authenticity and effectiveness remains subjected to contingent factors and not always corresponds with prognostics. A weak signal does not produce certainties, nor truth: only speculations, hypotheses, and hope for success.

The exhibited works have been created as parts of a whole composition, organic and in expansion. The artist departs from ideas of unpredictability, of undetectable and speculated presence and the absence of distinction between the real and the imaginary to propose a multiplicity of lines of reflection and reading. A series of drawings of different sizes displays the artist’s favorite motives; they play ambiguously with, on the one hand, artificial constructions and, on the other hand, natural, mineral and human elements. The line is meticulous, neat, and, at the same time, it gets lost into complicated paths, dead ends, intersecting grounds and surfaces that lose their tangible character. Most of the artist’s productions show rhizomatic elements, related objects, links... A wooden sculpture on the pavement reproduces the pattern of a broken glass, like an open wound that seems to contaminate all the surrounding elements. In dialogue with this piece, a video-animation displays real landscapes, in which the artist introduces curious forms that slowly develop and disrupt the “normality” of the view, like alien shapes.

All the pieces meet around the idea of an expanded drawing that grows, bypasses the established boundaries and forms to propose other visual experiences. Weak signals are, if you pay attention, the indexes of rich constellations and systems that spread across the space and interact with their environment.

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