Galería Silvestre, Calle Doctor Fourquet 39, 28012 Madrid (ES)
Ella Littwitz, Klaas Vanhee
Celebration of the 5th anniversary of Galería silvestre
Artists: Marta Barrenechea / Catarina Botelho / Vicente Blanco / Gabriela Bettini / Martinho Costa / Almudena Fernández / David Fox / Irene González / Luísa Jacinto / Ella Littwitz (HISK laureate 2015) / Gloria Martín / Germán Portal / Klaas Vanhee (HISK laureate 2015)
To celebrate its 5th anniversary, Galería silvestre presents a group show titled Así que pasen cinco años, an exhibition where we can see all the gallery’s artists, how the gallery have started and the position it occupies now. A path that has built what Galería silvestre is now. A look forward and simultaneously an interrogation in the air: Where are we going to be five years from now? When you face a an empty space, where there is nothing but still everything to be done. Knowing of a lot of things and learning other things, and overcoming situations that will remain in our history. By creating the solid bases in which Galería silvestre is built and not failing, having always a wide gaze for discovering. But the best of all has been to meet with the artists in a fresh, clean and generous way. A search that has become an exciting trip, in which every visit to the artist’s studios was a class about painting, about work and art in all senses.
In this group exhibition we can see the work of 13 of the artists that have been represented by the gallery or have worked collaboratively. For each one of them it has been chosen a key-piece to represent these five years that have passed and they have made a new piece for the occasion, creating a dialogue between them. As an archive, this represents an opportunity to rediscover statements already established and therefore rewrite them. A new reading is created by having all the works of all the artists together in the same space, and it makes quite visible what we understand about art and painting in particular. From one of the biggest painters, a quote. Francis Bacon said that the two threats of Painting have always been the illustration, and above all, the narrative. The fight against these two threats and specially the second one, is based on the idea that a painting is not a narrative. Therefore, the language has no privileges above the painting. This sounds radical to me, but needed to be highlighted. We do so by not demanding from thepieces something that does not belong to it, only the positioning of its plastics, politics, archaeological, social and formal aspects….
In Federico García Lorca’s piece Así que pasen cinco años, the poet show us the “the theatre of the impossibility” used by us as a starting point and it starts again with the pass of time. A project that starts from an impossibility and it will be reaffirmed again, así que pasen cinco años.
Image: Así que pasen cinco años. Dibujo de Silvestre, 8 años