November 3rd - December 2nd 2012
Rubén Grilo's work combines a density of content with a persistent observance of its physical aspects. Working with a variety of media such as animation, archive material or PowerPoint presentations, his work is characterised by the merging of conceptual and formal elements, giving equal weight to both the cultural meaning of images and the technology that makes them possible.
Grilo explores art as a tool to deal with complexity and uncertainty, the speed at which ideas are transmitted and their potential for association and cognition. Incorporating multifarious layers of codified information, art historical and cultural concepts the works compound, collude and interlink meanings, to disperse them again at the moment of the viewing.
Often hermetic, Grilo's installations are filled with hidden links, appropriations, references, conceptual digressions and comments on the sites in which these occur. Together these elements allude to Grilo’s interest in the idea of 'art as immaterial production', a notion that inhabits the thinking of both 60s Conceptualism and The New Economy’s shift from a manufacturing to a service based economy in the late 80s and 90s.
These problematics form the kernel of the show. Raising questions not necessarily to be answered or even to be directly elucidated the exhibition reflects the cultural and technological position in which we find ourselves.
Rubén Grilo (b. 1981 Lugo, Spain) lives in Amsterdam. He is currently a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, 2011-12. Recent exhibitions include: Sudden Glory, Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid/Barcelona, 2012 (solo); Bioscope, Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam, 2012 (solo); Theyʼre Not All Funny but They Are in a Row, 1646, The Hague, 2012 (solo); PowerPoint Karaoke, MARCO Vigo, 2011 (solo); The Action of Things, CSS Bard, New York, 2011; El beneficio de la ignorancia, EspaiZer01, Olot, 2010 (solo); Antes que todo, CA2M Mostoles, 2010; and Here, There, Backward, Forward, Mirror, Hole, Through, Against, Maribel López, Berlin, 2010 (solo). His work has also been included in the performance programme of Liste17, Basel, 2012 (solo) and En Casa, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, 2010 (solo).
Ruben Grilo is represented by Nogueras Blanchard, Madrid/Barcelona.
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