ADN Galería, Barcelona
ADN Galeria’s selection for VOLTA13 includes artworks by Carlos Aires, Eugenio Merino, Kendell Geers, Carlos Pazos and Avelino Sala. The chosen artworks for this VOLTA edition challenge the visual literacy of iconography and symbolism. On the one hand, they offer a subtle insight on our global political situation and our culturally apprehended constructions. On the other hand, they proof how new meanings can be generated through a reversal of the icon’s sign structure.
For this VOLTA edition, Carlos Aires will present “Punished”, a polished bronze sculpture featuring a reverse crucifix. The piece questions with a sense of humor the principal symbol of the Christian religion in the era of Post-Truth, and shows itself as a semantic reflection of our global dystopia. Aires’s work is inspired by personal experience and obsessions; the collision with a contradictory, and sometimes absurd, existence is transposed into his artworks.
Eugenio Merino will present his new series: “G8” alludes to tax havens: touristic sites that end up becoming theme parks — such as the non-places appointed by Marc Augé — erected for the pleasure of an elite that can afford to visit them. In the tax havens, visitors are offered a holistic experience: comfort, exoticism and exclusivity. Merino reproduces a false souvenir of these territories by embroidering their flags to deck chairs to evidence this close relationship between tax haven and sensory pleasure.
The notion of power and counter-power in Kendell Geers’ series of drawings, paintings and sculptures comes out in representations that deal metaphorically with violence, religion, spirituality, morality, discipline and fear. In its turn, Geers will participate with sculptures that dialogue with the African totemic iconography while also alluding to the beginning of the printing press.
Carlos Pazos hides himself behind a variety of masks and, through the use of souvenirs and objects, turns the art of collecting into one of the main themes of his artistic practice. With kitsch aesthetic, he combines the poetics of the object with irony and a narcissistic mask. He is an emblematic figure for its uniqueness in the Spanish contemporary art history. A heterogeneous creator, his work hosts Neo-Dadaism, Arte Povera, Surrealism and, subsequently, Andy Warhol’s cult figure and the institutional critic of Marcel Broodthaers.
The work of Avelino Sala is inscribed in a social context of crisis and late capitalism, where mankind searches for a balance, a response that gives meaning to the present and global situation. His works are manifestations of resistance which, employing a certain aesthetic sense, ironically set out how one can take a critical stance of questioning and opposing to reality from the visual art and system of thoughts.