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Tres by Enric Majoral and Jordi Sarrà

Exhibition  /  14 Jul 2020  -  15 Oct 2020
Published: 28.07.2020
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The exhibition "Tres" is located in the same place as three other entities in terms of relevance: a geographical location: Formentera, and two inhabitants of this land: Enric Majoral and Jordi Sarrà. In this exhibition project, the name "Tres" is not rhetorical but a semantic overture that is the starting point of its content: jewellery, sculpture, bronze objects and photographs installed in two civic spaces in Formentera to celebrate gravity and lightness, two essential conditions of the material that also inform the movement of human existence. 

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Enric Majoral, Jordi Sarrà
Allò que ens estan arrencant té a veure amb l’arrelament,
als modes de vida, al sol. I aquesta inquietud és planetària 

/ Bruno Latour


From Modernity, we have inherited the experience of nature from the cultural dimension of the landscape. An ideal way to see and represent the world; an archetypal visuality with very little real contact with the Earth. This distant contemplation of nature through art converts it into a secular one, with a parallel process of rationalization aimed at making the most of its resources. While art transmits archetypical images of the territories, science and technology allow the home to dominate nature to leave it empty and exhausted. An entropic process that has led us to the so-called era of anthropocé with devastating effects that have perilled the ancestral relationships that the Earth has maintained with humans. Since the end of the twelfth century, there have been many voices that, from art, political activity, or assault, have shown the trail of destruction that the fleet of progress has left behind. In a world of things without roots, of homes and gifts without territory, the new universal human condition is the feeling of losing the Earth. The world of art has not spoken of this loss, of having to live in inhospitable and dehumanized spaces, of a global lack of space.
 
The artist asks how human beings are in the world and how they relate to each other through the world and their sensibility, but also from a critical position that no longer allows us to separate the landscape from everyday life because we participate in its substance. It is in this context that the creative practice of Enric Majoral and Jordi Sarrà is situated. Two loving creators of the certainty that the material is remembered, and convinced that existence, in all their states and strata, springs forth prefigured by all the ancient forms of the human relationship with the self. From this ancestral tissue of relationships in movement comes the activity of the past and the future in an ancestral world of administration, botany, animals, and human sharing. From this primeval, sacred phase, and from the human activity of living and founding ourselves, we talk about the works in the exhibition "Tres", which is divided into two spaces. At the Lighthouse of La Mola and the Old Town Hall of Sant Francesc. Two buildings: the townhouse and the house of light of the sailors. Two places of record and memory which, through the practice of art, have been expanded and transformed into spaces of aesthetic experience, knowledge, and pleasure.  
 

Lovers of gravity and the lightness of matter
Educated in the urban concept of the place, we tend to see the space as a container that is subtle, viable, and connectable; that is long or distant according to the uses we give it; and according to our efforts of attention, knowledge, and esteem. From this relationship of attention and care with the place, we speak in the works of Enric Majoral and Jordi Sarrà. They are fish that summon the majesty of the physical world, as well as certain forms of the human relationship with the earth. We think of the gestures of the pagès, the stonecutter, the fisherman, or the craftsman. Their ways of being and living on the earth remind us of the constant relationships between human and non-human geography; the mutual implication between the identity of the place and the identity of the people.

The works of Enric Majoral and Jordi Sarrà place them in this temptation of the practice of art based on experiences of incarnate relationships and exchanges with space, the place, people, territory, and matter. This affirmation is based on the direct knowledge of the work processes of both creators and their recognition of their autonomy with Formentera, and all that supports this small island that has a longer period than our calendar and a more pleasant cultural and geographical location.

 The exhibition "Tres" is located in the same place as three other entities in terms of relevance: a geographical location: Formentera, and two inhabitants of this land: Enric Majoral and Jordi Sarrà.In this exhibition project, the name "Tres" is not rhetorical but a semantic overture that is the starting point of its content: jewellery, sculpture, bronze objects and photographs installed in two civic spaces in Formentera to celebrate gravity and lightness, two essential conditions of the material that also inform the movement of human existence. 

Enric Majoral's jewels and bronzes, like Jordi Sarrà's photographs, re-base the creative ego that is expanded through all the feelings in order to be diluted in the sensitive reality. They express, not a vision, but a way of relating, a way of doing and inhabiting the world. The reality of these works is the result of a materialism that is attentive to the corporality of things and in love with the irreducible otherness of things. A poetic that is a question about the "place" of relevance of the human in the order of the universe, which is the order of coexistence between the human and all the "other" not human.  

The two photographs of the old Pedrera de Marés by Jordi Sarrà, in its austere presence in black and white, breathe in the place where they come from. We do not see a celebration of the local landscape, but rather a present moon that resists. The photographer's eye has two positions: the frontal view and the flat look from the ground. The images return to us two visions of a stark, austere and radical concretion that, nevertheless, does not reduce the weight of the place or its density by a single gram. This is the origin of the rotund monumentality of the four images exhibited in La Pedrera de Marés, abandoned to its own devices, which now returns as a great volume of space; as an enormous burial of the human contact with the place. 

In these photographs, there is a deep, dark, dense, moonlike value that is visible in the geometrical elevation of the rock faces, the density of the space, and the thickness of the light. The ascending force of the stone is photographed in relation to two images of the only starting point of the earth, flattened, horizontal, without horizon. Two images that pose us in relation to the geographical concrete of this fabulous place. Time is part of the atmosphere of this place; a time that does not advance but flows; it needs to be made new. Your strength of recovery heals the wounds that home inflicts on nature.
 
The "landscape" classroom no longer serves to describe the sensitive experience generated by Jordi Sarrà's photographic images, convinced that landscape is an objective, material reality; a reality that is a central element in the structure of our experience and fabric in which we are inserted. From this certainty, the image of the fabulously mineral rocky land of the old Pedrera de Marés, skin by skin, is placed on the land of the old town council of Sant Francesc. The visitor can no longer look at the landscape, the need to climb; there is a need to live, as the bronzes and jewels of Enric Majoral speak to us of the possibility and the limit of a non-exclusive human vision of the things. Deep communication between the physical world and the images; between the exhibition space and the image of the terra de Marés that tells us that in its dampness, humans are surrounded, they walk, and they draw the geographical reality in which we live, in which we live. 

Mineral reverberation of the sea
From bronze to gold, the physics of metal is a living element in the jewels, objects, and sculptures of Enric Majoral. In the same way that with more attention we pay to a more true place is found; to look, to escort, to feel, to smell, to feel the materials is the effort that gives the place to the starting point in the creative route of Majoral. I propose to imitate this route of the jewelry to approach us to its fish presented in the two areas that make up the exhibition "Tres".
 
At the Lighthouse of La Mola, a bronze object sitting on the ground creates its gravity at the end of the sea. As Majoral explains, the shape of this sculptural object is inspired by the landscape of the sea bed. A landscape that does not allow for distant contemplation but rather demands immersion and skin-to-skin, cellular contact, and which allows for direct experience of the forces of nature as well as feeling the density of the thousand layers of human history in the sea, in the form of ceramic remains, amphorae, and a thousand other tools that take into account the human dialogue with the locals and the materials. Anonymous history in the form of tracks and rests. Enric Majoral is a compiler of these marine remains; his last piece of craftmanship knows how to appreciate the beautiful but not authorial nature of these fragments and let us list his creativity in these forms that come from moonlight in the certainty that, in good part, to create is to repeat. Repeat without redundancy. Enric Majoral's bronze amphora exhibited at the Far de La Mola is of great archaeological value, as is the melancholy of its rescue. On the other hand, due to the management of the river, it is necessary to leave behind the old forms, which make a beautiful new life for the objects that come out of his hands.
 
The exhibition in the form of installation allows the creator and the visitor to expand their creativity. The room is a space of dynamic relations and a knowledge experience based on the interaction of the place, space, emotion and feelings. From this relational perspective, we can perceive the bronze of Majoral, a piece of bread that generates a vortex-shaped space that gravitates to the bottom of the sea. From the ground to the air, an invisible diagonal links the weight of the bronze with the lightness of "L'aiguador".
 
A weightless sculpture that drops from its support like a starry planet. A monumental jewel, a drawing in the space made of spurges that are multiplied from an open center. However, in this sculpture made of elements that can be repeated to infinity, there is irradiation of a planetary movement of constellation. Coexistence of form and light; of movement and space; the flowering of metal and colour. It is often difficult to know what is deeper, whether it is the weight or the rise.
 
Weight and gravity; gravity and lightness, alternation of the material that is repeated in the hall of the old town hall of Sant Francesc. In this installation, the weight and space substance of the bronze objects take the spherical shape of the river stones from an imperfect sphere touched by the rocks. Once again, the gravity in dialogue with the beauty of the expanded jewel that floats in space waiting to find a way to settle down in dance the latent movement. Material images and mental images float on the photograph of the Pedrera de Marés land is under our feet. Like a base or a monumental pedestal, it holds our weight and our wandering in the exhibition space, which is no longer a window from which to look at the world, but rather an occasion for an emotional experience that invites us to experience the exchange of sensations with the physical world and to glimpse the universe of latent meanings that are threatened by these works.
 
Many of these meanings directly or indirectly refer to the polysemic concept of "landscape", which translates into the post-modern idea of only one, the place or the territory, in opposition to a globalised world that usurps the sense of relevance of the secular world. Little by little and in an unstoppable way, the fleet of the progress defending modernization in opposition to the local taste, the affectation to the locals, the conservation of the traditions, the attention to the land. Those who defend globalization must understand that it is normal, just and essential to maintain, preserve and affirm the relevance of a land, a place, a single, a community, an environment, an atmosphere, a way of life. It is just and necessary because all forms of relevance are now in the process of metamorphosis, in the process of dissolution and in the process of leaving us without an earth to earth. From this perspective of reading, the creative practice of Enric Majoral and Jordi Sarrà can be understood as a proposal to return to the lost union between culture and nature. In their works, living and concrete reality is breathed, and the Earth is not the homeland that imposes a relevance, but rather the window of opportunity that does not allow for any end, and even in the separation. / Maia Creus, Sabadell, July 2020


This exhibition is held at two venues:
Sala d’Exposicions “Ajuntament Vell”, Sant Francesc Xavier, Formentera, from 14 Jul - 1 Aug 2020
Espai Cultural i Educatiu “Far de la Mola”, El Pilar de la Mola, Formentera, from 15 Jul - 15 Oct 2020

 
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