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"Jaume Amigó: Paintings and sculptures"
2004-06-05 until 2004-06-30
Michael Dunev Art Projects
Torroella de Montgri, , ES Spain

Five years after the inaugural exposition at Michael Dunev Art Projects, Jaume Amigo returns to Torroella de Montgri with a selection of paintings on paper and sculptures of paper over iron armatures. Jaume Amigo’s journeys inform his work with an aesthetic acquired during long stays in places such as Morocco, Mallorca or Japan, where his work is well known due to the frequent exhibitions that he has presented in the principal cities of the country. 

Most recently he has returned from the Himalayas, where on commission by a Japanese NGO, he traveled to the Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang to create site-specific artistic interventions in the landscape, and in particular, in the hospital at Ghami, in the interior of the country.  For an entire month, Amigó and his collaborators traveled on horseback throughout the mediaeval country, where the wheel is still unused as a means of transportation and where electricity or other modern conveniences are unknown.

As stated by Glňria Picazo in her text for the film on the expedition, “The artistic interventions left upon the territory of Mustang are another example that adds to Man’s ancestral desire to establish links with Nature.  By leaving subtle traces upon the landscape, or austere punctuations upon the architecture of Mustang, these artists have risked to penetrate their own self-ness, while seeking their own particular Shangri-La.”

Upon his return to Catalonia, Jaime Amigó has dedicated himself to the creation of a body of work, based on these experiences, that is characterized by a refinement of his pictorial language and the distillation of a personal iconography, distinguished by simple forms that recall clouds, flowers or tools and implements.  Amigó works principally with paper, the preferred medium for the artist, given that it embodies organic qualities (it has will, memory and reacts to the environment much like a living being), presenting in this case a selection of paintings mounted on stretchers or presented as works on paper, accompanied by discreet sculptures or installations that underscore the relationship between the object and the space.

The film by Josep Cańameras, “Contemporary Art Game Fantasia”, on the expedition to Mustang, will be shown at the gallery on Saturday, 19 June 2004, beginning at eight PM.

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