CON–DECORADOS at Klimt02 Gallery
- leo caballero amador bertomeu
Medal: 1ª Misión: Amar a lo bestia, 2012
Silver, cotton thread, fabric, cartridge silver
9 x 11cm
“Your mission to hunt the beast has reached its end, you’ve opened his tissues, separated each layer of skin and turned his arteries into threads, you’ve desecrated the best of him. Now is the time to abandon the battlefield and take refuge, the pain for love that is no more will unravel and disarm what remains of him.”
A military uniform jacket has helped me to recreate the subject of decorations along with their symbolism and materiality.
By de-contextualizing their use and shape, the jacket material becomes material used for decoration.
The inner space of the jacket, usually taken up with decoration and medals, comes away from the jacket creating an empty space charged with great symbolic meaning.
The fraction of jacket takes on the value of a medal by coming into contact with other elements inside the same composition.
The final artwork is made by two pieces, the jacket with its empty space and the torn fabric turned into a medal.
Photographer: Adolfo López
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Klimt02 Gallery presents CON–DECORADOS, an exhibition born with the intention of reinventing an icon as globally widespread as decorations, those medals that are given as a reward, that proclaim to the world that the wearer has reached great honour and recognition.
Artist listPeter Bauhuis, Mirei Takeuchi, Sungho Cho, Volker Atrops, Jorge Manilla, Christine Graf, Lisa Juen, Alexander Friedrich, Tabea Reulecke, Rodrigo Acosta, Marie Pendaries, Carlos Pastor, Sarah O´Hana, Kerstin Östberg, Elvira H. Mateu, Edu Tarín, Ramón Puig, Sivia Walz, Grego Garcia, Kepa Karmona, Mauricio Lavayén, Gemma Draper, Mariona Piris, Gisbert Stach.
CON–DECORADOS was born with the intention of reinventing an icon as globally widespread as decorations, those medals that are given as a reward, that proclaim to the world that the wearer has reached great honour and recognition.
It also comes from a comment made aloud: "Everyone deserves a medal" and from picking up that comment and trying to go deeply into it. Why does that object of recognition have to be only for great warlike and human feats? Why must I be rewarded by someone else? Why can I not do it myself? Why can I not reward myself for the books I have read, for the hugs I have given, for the music I have listened to, for the untiring efforts to overcome my shyness, for laughing, for thinking, for feeling...?
All the artists who have participated in this exhibition have proven that we can make up countless medals, as many as reasons we may have to decorate ourselves, and erase the line that separates the good from the bad, the worthy from the useless, since the soul works with subtlety between light and shadow.
La Mirada Expandida
RemarksOpening: Wednesday 27th February 2013 from 19:30h.
With the presence of some of the artists.
Exhibition curated by: Heidi Schechinger and Xavier Monclús
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