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Las pointes

17:0020:00 h
Venue: Passatge Studio
Passatge de Masoliver, 10
08005 Barcelona

Michael Lawton – Julia Mariscal – Vera Mota – Pep Vidal
Curated by Cristina Ramos

Pointes derives from the term to point (Sp. punto). Running on tiptoes leaves behind on the floor a trace of points…[1]

The exhibition Las Pointes takes as its point of departure the text Point and Line on Plane, written by Kandinsky in 1926, to celebrate a series of concerns in the art of our time – continuing the line already traced -.

In the book, amongst many other subjects, Kandinsky describes the phenomenology of experience in relation to the work of art and how it can be experienced in two ways corresponding to a concept of exteriority and interiority.

He writes about how the street can either be viewed through a window so that its noise is muffled and the street seen through the transparent (yet hard and firm) glass seems set apart, its movement frozen. But the door can be opened, we can step out of the seclusion and the movements of the street envelop us in a set of vertical and horizontal stripes.

In the same way, the work of art mirrors itself upon the surface of our consciousness. Here as well there is a certain transparent but rigid glass, making the direct relationship between the artwork and the viewer impossible. But here too, exists the possibility of entering into art’s message and to experience its pulsating-life with all of one’s senses. Kandinsky used the analysis of the line and the point, for him the material of construction of every artwork, as a bridge to its inner pulsation.

Las Pointes is an exhibition in which our attention is directed to these elements, in both a conceptual and material sense, in the work of these contemporary artists – Michael Lawton, Julia Mariscal, Vera Mota and Pep Vidal.

The exhibition is intended as a momentary investigation, with the desire to test a hypothesis as its framework, but also and more importantly, it intends to open the door in between the work and the viewer.

A publication has been produced to accompany the exhibition, in which the related analysis made by Kandinsky will be contextualised into the practice of the artists and of the exhibition.

Cristina Ramos

[1] Kandinsky, Vassily, 1926. Punto y línea sobre el plano. Contribución al análisis de los elementos pictóricos. Paidós Estética: 2012 (Primera edición en 1996), Barcelona, España.