An Art of Microseconds
3+1 Arte Contemporânea is pleased to announce An Art of Microseconds, the latest exhibition by Cristina Garrido (Madrid, 1986), her second solo show at the gallery.
Cristina Garrido’s work has a critical eye and a deep interest in the contemporary art world, how it works, its agents and codes. This show presents a series of works that show this interest in the current state of art, focusing in the art fair and how in the past years, it has become the main engine, not only for distribution, but also for the production and reception of the artwork. How should we confront this new art institution, the art fair? and how does this context for presenting works, change the art’s content? Asks the artist. Garrido does not believe that the art object is not permeable to the place where it’s exhibited. Not only in the case of site- pecific works, the perception of a piece can change depending on the context of presentation and this context can even have an effect on how and why an artist produces a work, for instance, for an art fair.
Both projects presented in the exhibition look at two moments of Art History in which the story was slightly different. The series “Risk Management Paintings” look at Geometric Abstraction. They seem to have only formal concerns, but they hide graphs that speak about how different economic factors involved in the business of the art fair – such as transport, booth fee, travels and accommodation expenses – play a role in the perception of the artwork – in this case, a small white monochrome. The concentric squares and the white canvas in the middle seek to put into play the financial, statistical and pictorial discourse.
The video “Boothworks” looks into the art produced in the 1960s and 1970s – the beginnings of “contemporary art” – and ironically connects the utopian ideals from this time with the current art fair age. “Boothworks” is a fictional documentary in which a narrator describes, from an uncertain future, an international art form around the 2010s. This new art form, carried out by the gallerists of the time, took the gallery booth as an artistic medium and the art fair as its exhibition space. Booth art, as he calls it, was nomadic, portable, “anti-gallery”, ephemeral, performative, site-specific and attempted to resist commodification… however, the narrator problematizes this challenging art form questioning its relationship to capitalism, its social impact, the shift of focus from the art object to its context, the institutional and curatorial aims that promoted these practices and how the figure of the art critic became unnecessary under these new circumstances.
Cristina Garrido (b. 1986, Madrid, Spain) is an artist based in Madrid. Having studied Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid (2004-2009) and Camberwell College of Arts (2007-2008), she obtained an MFA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art (2010-2011) with a Fundació “la Caixa” Grant for Postgraduate studies in Great Britain. She has been awarded the prize Generación 2015 Proyectos de Arte Fundación Montemadrid (2015), the Fundación Botín Visual Arts Grant (2017-2018) and the ARCO Award for young artists (2018). Her work has been exhibited internationally, including shows at Centro de Arte Andaluz (CAAC) (Seville), Centrale for Contemporary Art (Brussels), Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia – EKKM (Tallinn), CITY GALLERY des Kunstverein Wolfsburg (Wolfsburg), CentroCentro (Madrid), l´ISELP – institut supérieur pour l’étude du langage plastique (Brussels), Espacio Odeón (Bogotá), Fundación Luís Soane (A Coruña), Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (La Habana), Galerie im Taxispalais, (Innsbruck), SESC Sorocaba (Sorocaba/ Sâo Paulo), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), Lugar a Dudas (Cali), Banner Repeater (London), Spike Island (Bristol), Matadero (Madrid) and AKV St. Joost (Den Bosch), amongst others. She has recently been an artist in residence at Casa Maauad (Mexico City), Artista X Artista (Havana) and : B A R I L Gallery (Cluj-Napoca).
27.09.18 – 10.11.18
Opening 27.09.18 19h – 22h