#POSTMODERNISM | April and May 2023
A curatorial project by Victoria Rios
MIQUEL BONETA "K1WY"
#POSTMODERNISM is born under the most blinding light, the type that does not allow you to see but also one that you cannot help but look at. It is a new wave of creators or, rather, a new way of creating. The search for beauty and a perfect composition is behind us and we welcome the process. Art integrates life in its most experiential form, creation arises like a phoenix from the ashes of all that was once stipulated squinting at the academy. #POSTMODERNISM is the answer to the new paths of creation. Postmodernity does not feed on longings and searches, it feeds on experience, on what shapes ourselves and that we are slowly but surely integrating into our ways of thinking. Postmodernity breaks with everything that is established and opens the way of new paths to be followed.
We look to the past and rewrite everything that is discordant with our perception of the present. Every rupture supposes a conflict in every form: in the word, the critique, in the redoing; it becomes creation. #POSTMODERNISM is freedom of thought in its plastic form, which comes from the most powerful form of thought of all: the idea.
Postmodernism is a process of cultural transformation, where, in many cases, preexistent structures are not aligned with the vitality of contemporary culture and, thus, artistic creation. Beyond canonical rules and nurtured with diverse backgrounds, new languages appear within the social realities. Urban culture, digital speed, and new ways of seeing the world modify everything that was once instituted. This project investigates these new dialectics. It redefines, generates processes and reflects aesthetically from the present day, and it does so through the work of various artists, where the origin, the technique and the creative impulse stem from different realities.
Daniel Dobarco (Castellón, 1988) lives and works in Valencia
"Starting from the creation of a parallel reality, Dobarco's underworld is populated with magical beings, fantasy and stories. Videogames and the most epic sagas of fantastic reading take on a new dimension and meaning in each of his works and the most powerful aesthetic ends up revealing to us the contemporaneity that surrounds all of his work.
Characters with a tough appearance but from which a familiar sensitivity and affection emerges, among trolls, flowers and hugs, we find hidden some of his concerns and many of us." -Victoria Rios
Daniel holds a BA in Fine Arts and an MA in Artistic Production from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain. He is currently the recipient of the Producción Hàbitat artístic Castelló grant (2023) in residence at GlogauAir in Berlin. His work has been exhibited in many galleries around Spain, including Tuesday to Friday, Valencia (2021 y 2023) and Galería Fran Reus, Palma de Mallorca (2023).
Rosa Aguilar (Granada, 1996), lives and works in Madrid
"Through light and matter, her sinuous chromatic range shapes a narrative full of flashes of life. Her way of creating the world invades us at first glance. Experiences, stories and nods to everyday life are generating the mysterious story of each of her canvases." -Victoria Rios
Rosa works with the aesthetics related to Cottagecore and 20th-century European naturalist movements, looking for the ludic and universal within the natural environment. In her work, the different elements must be considered for their archetypal character as well as the relation between the sign and the object, just like Magritte did in "Les mots et les images", 1929.Cottagecore is an aesthetic current clearly represented on social networks such as Tumblr, TikTok, or Instagram, where a lifestyle focused on simplicity and harmony with nature is shown as a romantic interpretation of Western agricultural life.
Rosa holds a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Sevilla (2019). After graduating, she became a resident at Fundación Antonio Gala. She has been awarded scholarships for residences at Real Academia de Historia y Arte de San Quirce as well as WE COLLECT studios. She has won prizes such as the XLVIII Concurso Internacional de Pintura de Paisajes de Alcalá de Guadaíra, the V Certamen de Artistas Emergentes de la Universidad Loyola y, and the IX Certamen UNIA de Pintura. Her work can be found in collections such as Fundación María Cristina Masaveu Peterson and Casa de Indias. She has had individual exhibitions at Di Gallery and soon she will be having a solo show at The Curators Room in Barcelona. She has participated in fairs such as Estampa 2022 and UVNT 2023.
K1WY, Miquel Boneta, (Tremp 1998), lives and works in Barcelona