ARTISTS JUAN BARAJA, PALOMA GÁMEZ, RAFA MUNÁRRIZ AND DANIEL VEGA BORREGO
WINNERS OF II ARTELATERAL- OPEN STUDIO AWARD FOR THE PROMOTION OF ARTISTIC CREATION
ArteLateral and Open Studio share the objectives of education and artistic training of new audiences by strengthening cultural networks. Open Studio unravels the work of the artist in their workplace and ArteLateral moves it to another space that does not fall within the usual circuits of contemporary art.
ArteLateral and Open Studio, supported by Mahou, have joined forces to grant four awards for artistic creation, each consisting of 1,500 euros gross and the opportunity to showcase their work at Lateral S.L. venues located in Madrid (Fuencarral, 43, Velázquez, 57; Arturo Soria, 126 and Plaza de Santa Ana, 12). The artists invited, participants in any of the four previous editions of Open Studio Madrid, have presented the proposals and the selected site-specific exhibition projects are already on display and will run until early February 2017.
Juan Baraja Toledo,1984.
Juan Baraja, is presenting at Lateral Santa Ana, his work Catedrales (Cathedrals), a project that emphasizes the representation of space through photography. Cement factories and cathedrals. A photographic series that shares only form elements. This project is talking about the cathedral as a place of worship for the faithful as well as a sacred space and the factory as a place of work, creation and production in a very different sense from that of the Cathedral. The large spaces and ideas of verticality that inundate cathedrals are technical and functional architectural ideas that were adopted by cement factories. Instead, the upper parts of the factories idealize the faithful’s search for the ethereal and superhuman in the heights.
Juan Baraja has a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. He is currently living in Madrid, alternating signature projects with commercial assignments, always related to architecture. His projects have won several awards: XVI Prize for Young Art from the UCM, IV International Prize for Plastic Arts from Pollença, XVI UNED Plastic Arts Contest. Juan Baraja is always willing to participate in group exhibitions and also displaying all his work individually in various galleries, such as Photogallery20 (Bilbao), Utopia Parkway (Madrid) and Liquid Space (Gijon). The Liquid Space Gallery in Gijon wanted to represent him in other international art fairs such as Arco or Volta Basel. His work is present in other private and public collections such as the Maria Cristina Foundation Masaveu, the UNED Collection, the Museum of Pollença and the General Foundation of the Complutense University and the MNCARS Collection of Spanish photo books.
Paloma Gámez. Jaén, 1964.
Paloma Gámez is presenting at Lateral Fuencarral her work Cyan, C1, C2, C3 and C4, a project that consists of five digital prints on cotton paper, each measuring 120 cm x 120 cm. This work is part of the Serie Violeta (“Violet Series”), a project that was exhibited at the CAAC in Seville in 2012. The pieces refer to the colors of each of the layers of one of the paintings in the same series, Azul Nº1 (Blue Nº1). The image is constructed with flat colors that carry an inscription at the bottom right with the name of the color and its respective percentages of CMYK. The names of these colors follow a rule designed to classify and order them. Apart from the first, Cyan, which corresponds to the nomenclature used for this color, they are articulated with a capital letter followed by a number. These flat colors are the basis for other works in which Paloma Gámez has experimented with different mediums such as video or wall painting.
Paloma Gámez currently lives and works in Madrid, although all her studies were completed in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Granada. Her first individual exhibition was in 1998, in the Palacio de los Condes de Gabia, which houses the Department of Culture of the Diputación de Granada. Since then she has staged a large number of exhibitions of all her individual works, in galleries such as Magda Bellotti in Madrid, Sandunga in Granada, Milagros Delicado in Cádiz and Guillermina Caicoya in Oviedo.
In 2008 she presented her work, Rojo (Red), at the Institute of America Centro de Damián Bayón (Granada). In 2011, “Carta de Color” (“Color Chart”) at La Casa Encendida (Madrid). In 2012 she opened a new exhibition called Violeta (Violet) at the CAAC (Seville) and in turn opened “Rosa Rosa Flúor” in Madrid as part of a new project called Frágil (Fragile). Blanco Acromático (Aromatic White) was her last project and was exhibited in 2014 in the gallery Guillermina Caicoya in Oviedo. Her work is present in different collections such as La General de Granada, Diputación de Córdoba, Diputación de Cádiz, Diputación de Jaén, Unicaja de Málaga, Col-lecció Testimoni and the Olorvisual collection.
Rafa Munárriz. Navarra, 1990.
Rafa Munárriz presents at Lateral Velázquez his work Práctica XII (Practice XII). His artistic practice is developed from three-dimensional and performative perceptions, focusing on the areas of installation, sculpture and video. Within sculpture he uses an industrial language, with a large ready-made component, and is interested in relying on the symbolic aspect of the materials. Conceptually, his work is located within the space that confronts the public with their surroundings, focusing on the political approach that can be given to the objects that compose the city and on his interest in its limitations, the overbearing as a critical place and constantly questioning the policies on traffic, construction and propaganda.
Rafa Munárriz holds a degree in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid, where he obtained an Extraordinary Degree Award. His work has been recognized several times, with the Fellowship of Excellence of the Community of Madrid, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Bancaja Scholarship and the Fundación Botín Grant, the latter awarded in 2016. He has participated in collective exhibitions such as Circuits in the Sala Arte Joven Comunidad de Madrid, La Casa Encendida and La Tabacalera in Madrid, as well as individual exhibitions at the Pelaires and Nogueras Blanchard galleries, among others. He lives and works between the cities of Madrid and São Paulo. He is currently completing the FAAP – São Paulo Artistic Residency. Rafa Munárriz is represented by the Pelaires Gallery.
Daniel Vega Borrego. Madrid, 1977.
Daniel Vega Borrego presents at Lateral Arturo Soria, his work La Ciudad (The City), a project with a series of works related to contemporary photography and architecture. This type of photography has been a constant in the artistic career of Daniel Vega Borrego. Clean lines, grids and spaces that, with the passage of time and the action of man, have lost their original perfection. The proposal consists on the one hand of large format works and, on the other hand, smaller photographs from a visual logbook started in 2012. In La Ciudad he combines a more conceptual and meditated work with another product of randomness and chance. The common denominator is that all images try to capture the impression of the moment. The large formats do this from a more narrative and complex point of view and the smaller images are more direct and sensitive perceptions of the environment.
Daniel Vega Borrego holds a PhD in Fine Arts from the Complutense University of Madrid and completed his studies at the International Center of Photography (New York) and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (Paris). His work has been recognized on several occasions, with the Photography Scholarship of the College of Spain (Paris), the Fulbright Scholarship for artistic studies in the United States and the IV Photography Prize from El Cultural of El Mundo, among others. Daniel Vega Borrego is currently represented by Twin Gallery, exhibiting his work internationally in New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Athens, Oporto, Amsterdam and Tokyo.
In the first edition, the winning artists were:
Tamara Arroyo http://www.tamaraarroyo.com/
Alejandro Bombín http://alejandrobombin.com/
Eduardo Nave http://www.eduardonave.com/
Paula Rubio Infante http://www.paularubioinfante.com/