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Solo show: Ignacio Uriarte (over)

13 May 2011 until 12 June 2011
  Ignacio Uriarte
Ignacio Uriarte
  Center for Contemporary Arts Celje

Center for Contemporary Arts Celje
Trg celjskih knezov 8
3000 Celje
Slovenia (city map)

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Likovni salon Gallery Celje

May 13, 2011 - June 12, 2011

Likovni salon Gallery Celje is pleased to present a survey of works by Berlin-based artist Ignacio Uriarte. The exhibition addresses the perception of time using moments of creative idle found in the office place. The specific rhythms of zero productivity, superfluous meetings, elasticity of time, aimless repetition - all of these are possible elements within a privileged bureaucrat's working environment. From this void emerge spontaneous gestures made with the things at hand in a need for empowering the monotony into a kaleidoscope of time. What is one to do when there is not much to do, even though one has to look busy and do that something in order to pass more time? The agony in the infinity of the moment, staring at the clock, aimless scribbling, folding and refolding paper, playing with a pencil, etc. Interpreted by the artist, these actions become an inspiration for his poetic works now on view at the Likovni salon.

60 Seconds, 2005 is a sound sculpture made from 60 East German digital wristwatches connected to create a circle. Every hour a short beep moves through the ring with a second delay on every watch expanding into the concentrated anticipation to experience 60 seconds. Infinity, 2010 is an animation playing with the paradox of writing the symbol for infinity without a beginning and end. The act of writing appears as an endless interval covering the line that makes up the symbol of ?. The animation makes the infinity loop truly infinite. Circular scribbling on paper done with varied intensity and changing use of writing implements, passes from a monocrome blue to monocrome grey in the series of drawings entitled From Pen to Pencil, 2011. The act of folding paper was the inspiration for the paper installation Two Folds, 2009. Two long folds diagonally intersect creating, with the help of light and shadow, a relief-like effect of positive and negative. The interference of the routine can be either problem or stimulation for creative deviations. In the animation 80 Blots the artist explores the formal language of blots dripping from a pen onto the paper.

For the occasion of the exhibition in Celje, Ignacio Uriarte has also made the artist book / newspaper 11 Overlayed Forms, 2003/2011 that represent one of his first 'office art' works. The project creates a memory of his working environment where he worked as an analyst preparing different forms and modules that were then used as templates by the rest of his fellow employees. Displayed in succession, 11 overlayed forms on 11 pages establish a schedular pattern that, diminishing and expanding in size, meets with the official requirements of these different templates for paperwork. It is to these very forms that Uriarte attributes the beginning of his artistic drawing.

The industry of office functionality has quickly developed due to increasing bureaucracy in our everyday lives and for Ignacio Uriarte these needs represent an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Elements of the office characterized by formal functionality and a distinctive aesthetics were long a source of inspiration for many artists before Uriarte, among them Marcel Duchamp, Sol LeWitt and Dan Flavin to mention the most influential ones. If these practitioners had only entered the bureaucratic environment as artists. The case is the reverse with Uriarte. While working, he received his formal education in the audiovisual arts. An administrator by trade with several years experience as an analyst for big corporations, Uriarte has transposed his experiences as a perfect connoisseur of the working environment, expanding it into the field of art. He applies the same working methods as bureaucrat, but with the aim to explore the routine as an artistic expression.
Jani Pirnat

About the artist:
The exhibition has been supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Spain in Slovenia.
Co-editor of the artist book 11 Overlaying Forms is the artistic editorial collective IMpress

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