Interior landscapes: perceptions of outdoors

Evening, seven in the afternoon, Reus. Heart of modernism, birthplace of Gaudí. Capital of Baix Camp. We have to meet at the ‘Centre de Lectura’, a place of marked Modernism style; one of the first cultural Athenaeum in Catalonia, located in the house of the Marquis of Tamarit, in one of the main streets of the city. It is a library, community centre, exhibition centre and much more. Waiting there for us stands Aida Marín, who has collaborated in the exhibition cycle Intempèries (outdoors) and with whom we will take a guided tour around Paisatges interiors (Interior landscapes), the second of the three exhibitions included in this cycle.

Intempèries (outdoors) refers to the concept of settlement -or lack thereof. For quite a while, the vital practice –way of living, consideration of lifestyle- has changed in such way that some conceptions have been to be rethought. Like the idea of vital geography, which is marked by our step in the world and is diluted within the planet. The exhibition revolves around this concept of nomad humanity into which we are converting, either by will, need or obligation. Then, the cycle asks and encourages us to think about human attitude towards travelling, but mostly about the attitude on life and its challenges; and it does this through each artist’s experience that fill the exhibition with their interpretations of the world around us and the life created in there, and how they live and perceive it.

 Paisatges interiors reflects, from the realities of the different artists, on existence and how they perceive and live it, guzzle or chew it, spit it out or defecate it and, later, take off the necessary energy. Four artists and one place, the Fortuny room, inside the ‘Centre de Lectura’. Thus, Mariona Moncunill, Arnau Casanova, Evru and Cristina Serra intermingle new artists with other of accurate trajectory.

This is how Mariona wonders what plants will be underneath the snow. Will they be there? So, we can only believe or not in this inside world by people who had seen them under the sun. Believe in the unseen, in an inside that is unknown, imagine a world where maybe there’s nothing in. She invites us to take or not a leap of faith about the space we live in.

Arnau Casanova, instead, plays whit materials that have already lived their own life. Materials that have already been part of insides and outsides. A wooden window that enclosed, kept and looked after the inside of a family from the ‘Part Alta’ (Upper Side) of Tarragona, for example, becomes the best material to express the most personal insights of a young artist. A very materic work due to the collage, the frottage, the relief of the painting or the typical wood wrinkles.

The photographer Cristina Serra shows us fragments of houses from the ‘Part Alta’ of Tarragona, very lived homes, those that were noble, proletarian, and now may belong to artists. She doesn’t show us everything, by no means, but she presents us what’s enough. As in the work of Mariona Moncunill, where plants where underneath the snow, our imagination draws, creates and designs the same way the remaining parts. Furthermore, there’s always a window, a door, because if we look very deeply, what’s interior is something that goes against the exterior.

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Finally, we find Evru, formerly known as Zush, whose interior dominates completely the work; not only his pieces, but his whole universe. He created a whole perception, an alternate reality, around his public image. A whole range of details, soft, warm-tone pieces, which are interwined like neurons, create a net of threads, oneiric images, own alphabet, that results in a shocking and troubling ensemble.

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In the middle of an arquitecture of the modernist Reus from the xxth century, we can enjoy a set of proposals at the level of the most avant-garde art. Paisatges interiors is the second proposal from the cycle Intempèries, which starts this Friday 20th of March at 19h his third installment, entitled Estranyament, including works from Enric Llevant, Bruno Oller, Nil Bartolozzi and Patricia Dauder.

Gabino Martínez
Guiomar Sánchez
Translated by Raül Gil and Paola López

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