Artist, S.A.M., studio visit. (Madrid, Spain)

While visiting Swinton Gallery in Madrid, I was greeted by gallery director, Goyo Villasevil. We made introductions and told him how I was interested in a few pieces by one of the artists they represented, S.A.M. His works looked like ancient pieces of art, strange and yet sophisticated in nature. Goyo had offered up the possibility of a studio visit, in return I wanted to film and document S.A.M.’s art, his story.

In this video, “S.A.M. presents at Swinton Gallery “The Schlagen Richten Collection”, objects, sculptures and posters which show in an antropological way, the history of a forgotten civilization, whose brightness and fall we can admire on it’s vestiges.” – Swinton Gallery

 

Spain. Art Spying in Madrid: La Latina Art District part 3 of 3

GALLERY SCENE + Art Walk

Santiago Giralda is represented by the gallery Moisés Pérez de Albéniz www.Galeriampa.com. His landscapes are amazing, super layered with thick impasto, masked angles which reveal the canvas layer and gives incredible dimension. It’s a mix of abstraction, tuning you in and out of a surreal mountains, lakes, valley’s, rock formations and bodies of water. 


 

STEFAN RINK at GALERIA ALEGRIA

The stone carvings by Stefan Rinck, as he describes, “Ultimately I want to reveal the figure, …which is hidden in the block”. Pretty much sums up what Michelangelo once exclaimed, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Although Rinck’s figures aren’t classical angels or carvings dedicated to the church, his work does release other worldly creatures and beings into the world. I can appreciate the amount of labor in these statues, the polishing of stone and the odd style he implements. I feel as though I’ve been enlightened by his work and in a way these feel like ‘contemporary relics’, timeless works.

 


 

SWINTON GALLERY

Often when traveling I do as much research as I can to find galleries to visit that suits my taste. Swinton Gallery and Grant, served as a bookstore, coffee shop and gallery. The gallery was below deck and was a good size. It had various smaller spaces that receded into areas where you could lurk. On this particular day they were exhibiting the work of SANER and GNOSICK’s Atlantico. SANER is known for his street style art that depicted masked indigenous figures and natural spirits of the earth. GNOSICK’s art had a stellar geometric style and they quite complimented each others work.


 

GALERIA CASAS INFIN

Daniel G Andujar, El Capital. La Mercancia, Guilloche, is a series of illustrated currency and how it affects mankind. A mix of what seems to be vector art and 3D wire framing on printed paper. We happened upon this unusual money grid as we wandering La Latina. You have to get buzzed in to gain entry and the space was narrow probably 8 ft x12 ft in dimension. Standing at the doorway you face a 12 foot wall filled with art, it makes for cozy company and forces you to be engaged with what’s in front of you. The galleries in Madrid really make good use of space. I’m inspired and content with these smaller art spaces.

Find out more about Galeria Casas Infin.


 

AROUND TOWN

 

Rights to Trample On

 

Always making a statement.  I have been following Spain’s Luz Interuptus for a few years now.  This groups light installations come from all different innovative media’s and I love how renegade they are, art in it’s purist form of expression.  Here with “Rights to Trample On”  they definitely take a political stance for women.

In Spain it seems that the social rights acquired during many years of democracy are in danger of extinction. These rights are considered to be basic by the citizens of evolved societies which we desire to be like, are now being diminished and if we are not careful, will eventually disappear through maneuvers of distraction, which do not deceive almost anyone, who does not want to be fooled.

Not happy with taking away the rights of workers, of the citizens, with reducing education and health care to a minimum and taxes at historical highs, now they are trying to make decisions on the fundamental rights of womenreducing the possibilities de abortion to virtually non-existent.

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