06.9.2022 - 30.10.2022
“Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true. That even as we grieved, we grew. That even as we hurt, we hoped. That even as we tired, we tried. That we’ll forever be tied together, victorious. Not because we will never again know defeat, but because we will never again sow division.” Amanda Gorman
Gärna Gallery is pleased to announce the 2nd edition of its JOY group show, presenting works by Albert Pinya, Ana Pavón, Eric Stefanski, Fernando de Ana, Florent Stosskopf, Gema Quiles, Luca Bjørnsten, MRM, Pablo Linsambarth, Pepo Moreno, Roberta Lobeiro.
Based on celebrated youth poetess Amanda Gorman´s “Call us what we carry” poetry collection, JOY II is a celebration of life, representing a time capsule of this difficult moment, a refuge where the public will take comfort in its universal and enduring themes of hope and healing. At Gärna Gallery, we consider all endings bring beginnings. Everything is a cycle and there is a whisper of rebirth even at the very moment of loss.
The artworks in this proposal are fearless and vibrant, a reflection of a spiritual rebirth, a renaissance in creative output born out of difficult times that has challenged our society but also, it has offered the opportunity to create fresh starts.
Despite the bright colours and positivism radiated by the artworks and its diverse narratives, yet in their differences all pieces are able to find a connection that merges into deeper, self-reflective themes, conveying a message of celebration, optimism and rebirth. Some represent a world with fantastic creatures surrounded by nature, others feature references to pop culture complemented by short phrases, some explore colour as a powerful tool to convey a message, and some others explore domestic scenes from our daily routine.
The project features some international upcoming contemporary artists that join forces to explore how to create beauty from darkness. Each of them with their unique style, aesthetic and approach, to provoke a visual dialogue that also reinforces the power of art and its importance within our society, playing a pivotal role in our daily lives and reflecting how we confront unexpected events as a community.
Here’s to all the birds who escape their cages and sing.
FERNANDO DE ANA
Fernando de Ana (b.1979) lives and works in Talavera de la Reina, Spain. He is best known for his abstract geometric creations that are crafted using the complex technique of resin and complemented with elements of neon and iridescence. His work can best be described as an overlap between painting, sculpture, and collage, and the materials selected are the foundation for his work. He follows minimalist practices, and carefully arranges the overlapping features of his work to evoke themes of interaction, creating a dialogue between both the viewer and the work, and the viewer and their environment.
Stosskopf (b.1989) lives and works in Brittany, France. His work blends traditional themes and archetypes through a contemporary perspective, reminiscent of Jonas Wood, Guy Yanai, Hillary Pecis, or Paul Wackers, using bright, unrelenting colours that lay out his complex still lives and scenes plucked from the annals of Classical Antiquity, the Baroque movement, and Modernism.
Luca Bjørnsten (b.1986) is a Danish artist based in Copenhagen. Luca's work is a slightly ironic or humorous take on contemporary life, and our modern landscape. Taking a holistic approach to his practice, there is often a symbiosis between the way the artwork is made and the subject matter of the work. A feeling of joy and something peaceful, yet something unnerving seems to be at work at the same time. These forms of expression all represent different characteristics of modern life, such as mass production, consumerism, climate change and plastic waste.
Pepo Moreno (b.1985) grew up in the countryside in Tortosa and spent his young adulthood flirting with music while pursuing a BA in Communication. He moved to Berlin where he gained experience on how broad the spectrum of queerness could really be. It was then when his first series of drawings, in between the sad, the gay and the ugly, blossomed. He lives now in Paris and his paintings have grown to become both a mock and a celebration of gay stereotypes in Western pop culture. Deep down, it embraces some of the contradictions of the modern queer life experience: from the happiness of being out to the “forever young, forever beautiful” obsession that often hides the loneliness and isolation of being an outcast.
Eric Stefanski (b.1987) lives and works in Chicago. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received his MFA at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. His work is a reflection on the failure, humour, and sincerity that comes with being an artist. He explores themes of modern society and art history while reflecting on his own personal history through large-scale abstract work that incorporates text.
Pablo Linsambarth (b.1989) born in Santiago de Chile and Graduated in Plastic Arts from the Universidad de Chile and Master in Arts, he currently lives and works in Madrid. Linsambarth's paintings are based on the mechanisms of storytelling and are fundamentally configured as a reflection of oral tradition as a device for cultural transmission. In the Chilean artist's imaginary, family memory and urban legends intermingle with everyday iconography in a sort of pictorial collage. The result: the composition of an urban and contemporary folklore. His oil paintings reproduce the spaces of family memory, the mythological space of the Pudahuel of his childhood and the convulsive rhythm of urban life in Santiago de Chile; he brings them all together in a timeless dialogue that shifts the qualities of the urban landscape that shifts the qualities of space to transform them into scenarios.
Albert Pinya (b.1985) lives and works in Palma de Mallorca. The artist bases his work on a deliberate and ironic ingenuity that dismantles the perverse structures of reality. He has quickly developed an identifiable style of his own, in which he applies the codes of popular culture, comics, illustration and a thoughtful naive aesthetic that hides the precise treatment of the themes he explores. His work rejects “l’art pour l’art” and understands that, being a means of expression, art is eminently communicative and must always be based on an ideology. For all this, rather than talking about ‘artistic creation’ we would have to talk about ‘artistic reaction’. Painting, drawing, intervention, installation, performance, graphic work and sound are the means with which he develops the discourse of the narratives.
MARTINA RODRÍGUEZ MORÁN
Martina Rodriguez Morán (b.1987), born in Asturias, finished her studies in Architecture at the Escuela Politécnica de Madrid, studies that she always considered as the foundations on which to build her artistic career. His work is influenced by his studies, but fundamentally by his continuous desire for research, creation and self-improvement. Since 2016, he has been involved in creation, participating in seven group exhibitions, four solo exhibitions and several painting competitions such as the BMW Painting Prize. His painting is full of expressiveness and spontaneity, exploring the link between the virtual and reality.
Ana Pavón (b.1996) lives and works in Málaga. She graduated in Fine Arts at the University of Málaga (2018), where she also completed a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Artistic Production (2019). She has recently won the Third Prize in MalagaCrea Artes Visuales (2021), the Fundación Antonio Gala grant for Young Creators (2020), the Painting Prize in the Concurso de Artes Plásticas Hotel Four Seasons Madrid (2018) and the Second Prize in the I Concurso de Pintura de la Fundación Sierra Elvira (2018). She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions such as the XXIV Certamen Nacional de PINTCA (Málaga, 2021) or Descends Au Sud: Al-Andalus (ICAM, Geneva, Switzerland. 2020). Her work is part of the Sierra Elvira Foundation Collection (Granada), the Collection of the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Collection of the Vice-rectorate of Culture of the University of Malaga and the Collection of Cordoba City Council, among others.
Roberta Lobeira (b.1979) currently lives and works in Madrid. Lobeira has also lived, studied, and worked in New York, California, Oaxaca, Paris and Mexico City. Her surreal and magical style has been influenced by artists such as René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Leonora Carrington, and Remedios Varo. Also influenced by other artistic movements such as pop surrealism and magical realism. Lobeira's work includes the Family Portraits (2018–2020) made for La Casa de las Flores, a TV series directed by Manolo Caro on Netflix. She is known for her large format paintings of imaginary worlds with fantastic characters and landscapes, inspired in nature with a poetic style of expression in which nature becomes unnatural and surreal.