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"Something for Everyone: Cycle Selected by Ferran Barenblit, Frederic Montornés and Mònica Regàs; Works by Douglas Gordon, Joseph Grigely, João Louro, La pensée et l’erreur
2001-04-26 until 2001-06-10
Juan Miro Foundation
On Thursday 26 April, three solo exhibitions by Douglas Gordon, Joseph Grigely and João Louro will open in the Espai 13 at the Foundation. Each of them is a good example of the Espai 13’s new approach to mark this 25th anniversary year at the FJM. To start with, as announced at the beginning of the cycle, the artists’ work will not be restricted to the physical space of the Espai 13 but will extend to other parts of the building and of the city.
Douglas Gordon will be showing in the Octagonal Room at the FJM, João Louro will be using the Espai 13 itself, and Joseph Grigely's proposal will consist of a poster – which is in fact the exhibit – displayed at selected points around the city as well as an intervention in the entrance lobby at the FJM. All three are artists who frequently exhibit around the world and are at interesting points in their respective careers.
Douglas Gordon, born in Glasgow in 1960, usually works with film based on the sectioning of fragmented shots. In this exhibition in the Espai 13, he will be showing a 1998 video (Off Screen) in which the image of a curtain is projected on to a screen that is in itself a curtain, and a sound installation consisting of a telephone that reproduces only parts of a conversation. The exhibition concerns the relationship between sign and significance and particularly between reality and fiction.
Joseph Grigely, who lost his hearing as a child as a result of an accident and later studied at Oxford University, uses his conversations and notes written on scraps of paper as the raw material for his work, in which he deals very subtly with the subject of communication.
In this exhibition specially designed for the Espai 13, Grigely starts from two premises: subtlety and the circulation of information. He uses a photo of Miró with his family, a few friends and his dealer, Aimé Maeght, with the word information superimposed on it in very small letters to show that the information provided by this picture is very subtle. This picture will be displayed around the city. Grigely will also be doing an intervention in the lobby of the FJM.
João Louro (Le pensée et l’erreur)
After a decade working with João Tabarra in Entertainment & Co., Louro has gone back to his own individual work.
In La pensée et l’erreur, which will be shown in the Espai 13 at the FJM, he plays with a language that is very familiar to us – road and motorway signs. Here, however, they are decontextualised from their traditional role, for instead of guiding us along real roads, they lead us into a special world of concepts and memories. With these unusual signs, the visitor can construct his own route through the labyrinth of ideas proposed by the artist. Louro casts doubt on what is true and what is false, while at the same time reminding us that reality is much more than just a set of objective facts.