A drawing… A line! Portrait of ADN Gallery
#DRAWING Located in Barcelona for the past fifteen years, ADN Galerie presents emerging artists whose concepts integrate current issues. Present at international fairs such as Artissima or Drawing Now, it returns for the second time to the international contemporary drawing fair Paréidolie in Marseille where the works of French artists Carine Brancowitz and Abdelkader Benchamma as well as the Catalan artist Pep Vidal are highlighted.
Marlène Pegliasco: What is ADN Galerie?
ADN Galerie: ADN Galerie, founded in 2003, is a hybrid platform between cultural contribution and commercial mediation. Its program focuses mainly on productions with high content that are intrinsically linked to our artistic, historical and social context. Beyond its role in the art market, ADN Galerie is committed to building international relationships of appreciation networks and strong support for the artists for whom the gallery works. The active policy of media coverage, online communication and participation in art fairs is part of a professional strategy fully dedicated to improving the careers of artists. Over the years, the gallery has consolidated its collaboration with international institutions as well as emerging artists such as Mounir Fatmi, Bouchra Khalili, Carlos Aires, Bruno Peinado and Kendell Geers, also creating a strong promotional platform for young talents such as Adrian Melis, Núria Güell, Marcos Ávila Forero and Iván Argote; and this has generated synergies with institutions (Reina Sofía, MACBA, CGAC, La Panera, MiMA Middlesbrough, Moderna Museet, Hirshhorn, BPS22, Frankfurter Kunstverein) and some Biennales (Venice, Goteborg, Thessaloniki, La Havana, Bucharest).
In 2013, ADN Galerie launched ADN Platform, a project space located on the outskirts of Barcelona that aims to consolidate the gallery’s cultural contribution as a platform for exhibition projects generated by invitations from artists and curators, performances and public programming, exploring the relationship between art and society. In 2014, ADN Platform won the prize of the “Critiques” association for the best initiative for a 400 m² project designed to consolidate the gallery’s cultural contribution. It hosts three exhibitions as well as a residency program and conferences. We have already welcomed Guillaume Bijl, Peter Fend, Teresa Margolles, Allan Sekula, Mladen Stilinovic, Ahmet Ögut, Carlos Motta and Forensic Architecture, among others. In 2015, ADN Galerie also opened ADN Factory, a 200 m² logistics centre adjacent to ADN Platform. This warehouse provides space for the development of large-scale installations, sculptures and works.
M.P.: What place is given to drawing in your gallery?
ADN Gallery: Drawing occupies a special place in our gallery project. We work with several artists completely committed to this technique, such as Virginie Barrè, Abdelkader Benchamma or Pep Vidal.
M.P.: Tell us about the artists exhibited in Pareidolie?
ADN Galerie: ADN Galerie presented for Pareidoile 2019, a selection of drawings by Carine Brancowitz (France, 1972), Abdelkader Benchamma (France, 1975) and Pep Vidal (Spain, 1980). Our proposal aims to establish a dialogue between their different practices exploring the relationship between subject and space, using art as a means of deconstructing and questioning the nature of reality. Carine Brancowitz is a French artist who divides her time between Rome and Paris. She studied illustration, silkscreen and lithography before entering studio fashion and engraving her artist identity with pen, paint and porcelain markers. His slightly surreal work, hand-drawn, oscillates between captivating details and complex motifs, silences, superimposed with different styles. A work is multiform and simultaneously simplistic.
Abdelkader Benchamma imposes constraints on his process to delicately create dynamic drawings and execute them in different states of matter. The events explode off the page and are animated by the fusion of graphic techniques of printing, engraving, landscape and scientific drawing. In his scenes, he reveals the purity and intensity of the lines to express powerful and ambiguous atmospheres that explore notions of stable reality. Benchamma uses these varied techniques and media to explore the constructed aspect of reality, inspired by cosmology, science fiction, literature and existentialist theatre.
Pep Vidal works with infinitesimal modifications that constantly occur in chain, infinite and chaotic systems, and uses drawings as a means of presenting these scientific graphic principles in artistic configurations. Contextualized in the bureaucracy, in the process of transporting plants from Spain to the United States, the obsessive representation of lines, small random numbers and powerful narrows in many different directions refer to migration processes and describe the randomness of an extreme and complex sensitivity of systems.
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