The kiss. 2019. DMF black wood sculpture. 145 x 300 x 160 cm

The kiss. 2019. DMF black wood sculpture. 145 x 300 x 160 cm

The kiss. 2019. DMF black wood sculpture. 145 x 300 x 160 cm. Detail

The kiss. 2019. DMF black wood sculpture. 145 x 300 x 160 cm. Detail

Money Honey, * Euro, 2019. Projection of random computer application. Variable measures according to the exhibition space Single copy for each symbol of national currencies and cryptocurrencies

Money Honey, * Euro, 2019. Projection of random computer application. Variable measures according to the exhibition space Single copy for each symbol of national currencies and cryptocurrencies

Private Property 01. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 01. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 02. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 02. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 03. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 03. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 04. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 04. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 05. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 05. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 06. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 06. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 07. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 07. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 08. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 08. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 09. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 09. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 10. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 10. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 11. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 11. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 12. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 12. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 13. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 13. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 14. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 14. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 15. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 15. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 16. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 16. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 17. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 17. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 18. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Private Property 18. 2018. Printing with UVI inks on Dibond. 66 x 100 cm

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Exhibition view

Private Property

Antoni Abad

from abril 10, 2019 to junio 1, 2019

“… in Madrid we have not had many opportunities to see Antoni Abad´s work. The most recent exhibition presented in a public space was in 2014 at Matadero (with megafone.net/2004-2014), while the last time his work was seen in a private gallery was as far back as 2002 (when he showed The Last Super at Oliva Arauna). Nevertheless, we have seen some of his pieces included in group exhibitions from time to time. This exhibition can, therefore, be considered a noteworthy occasion, above all because this is an artist that since the 80s has had a solid presence in the national artistic panorama (with important and regular exhibitions abroad). He has participated in recognized international events and to give a few examples its worth highlighting that he was the only representative of the Catalan Pavilion at the most recent Venice Biennale and mentioning his participation in the collective exhibition The Real Royal Trip, curated by Harald Szeemann at P.S.1 in New York in 2003 and at the Berlin Biennale in 2016. In virtue of his limited presence in Madrid, it seems relevant to offer this information to relay the place that this artist of complex visual representation holds in the national artistic panorama.

Private Property is the title that the artist has fittingly used for this show that brings together four works. One of the works on the show, with the same title of the exhibition, features a mosaic or mural of photographs of padlocks fastened to the doors of stores and workshops. The other three works in the exhibition are: The Seventh Heaven, a series of photographs of railings and trellises that the artist has contemplated (or been able to see) along the rooftops and eaves in Barcelona, the city where he resides; the sculpture The Kiss of two gigantic flies that kiss in a complicit embrace as if they were a couple of powerful plutocrats; and finally, Money Honey *Euro, a projection feature of a computer-generated depiction of a laborious colony of cockroaches that draw the symbol of the euro with their bodies. I think these prosaic and concise descriptions of the works on show, in part ironically scientific and willfully philosophic, we can appreciate the artist´s effectiveness by joining them under the common statement Private Property.”[1]

[1] Fragment of the essay by the art critic Luis Francisco Pérez for the catalogue of the Private Property, exhibition at Galería Freijo.

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