Museo Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
25 june / 13 september 2020
Artists: Irma Álvarez-Laviada · Miren Doiz · Esther Gatón · Guillermo Mora · Wilfredo Prieto
Curatorship: Marina Alonso · Pau Cassany · Sofía Enríquez · Dailey Fernández
El Resto is a curatorial project that started as an exercise presented as a challenge to imagine, with no limitations, an exhibition. The challenge was accepted by four curators with different interests and experiences who all shared the goal of rethinking what is considered an aesthetic experience today: What is the language of contemporary art? How do artists think about it in their studios? What is presented as the final work of art? What part actually reaches the viewer? But these questions raised another fundamental issue to struggle with for some time in this first stage: What if the parts were favoured over the whole?
In an artistic project, the “whole” is assumed to be the work of art as the resolution of the different parts, i.e. the stages the idea moves through, the formal decisions, bottle- necks, new beginnings, trials, errors and even the project’s discontinuation and obscurity. As the structural concept of the exhibition, the wide-ranging idea of the by-product could be defined as everything that is not the work of art itself: what remains a er the effort of creating a work, the materials not used, the ideas le unexpressed, the parts that did not fit in. It includes stories rendered invisible and areas of artistic creation that are o en hidden, such as abandoned meanings, interrupted gestures and unoccupied spaces. These topics form part of the process of artistic creation that facilitate visitors’ relationship with the work and, therefore, their experience.
Irma Álvarez-Laviada, Miren Doiz, Esther Gatón, Guillermo Mora and Wilfredo Prieto are artists whose artistic investigation shares similar concerns expressed in different ways. The dialogue with them began by sharing the idea of the by-product without imposing too many limitations in order to be able to experiment with the results.
(Text from Museo Universidad de Navarra)