15 Dec 2017 - 21 Jan 2018
In December & January 1646 will show the solo exhibition of Antoni Hervàs. We first noticed Antoni Hervàs’ work while the artist was at work on one of his workshops sessions through a colleague who we had worked within our program.
These workshops draw on the tradition and experience of low-cost, independent underground publishing and perfectly portray the eclectic attitude in Hervàs’ artistic work because of the way in which the final result becomes the outcome of a process of research, observation, aggregation and subversion of (cultural) material Antoni finds himself at work with at that moment.
Antoni’s work starts, somehow, from a research into the limits of drawing, where drawing is at the same time a means to jot down notes of his discoveries, to reflect on them and to transform them anew in a process that he would describe as ‘liquid’. Drawing is for him a means for a larger study, rummaging the discarded edges of cultures, such as the folkortistic and vernacular expressions of a certain context. Using this work method he expands his registers while at the same time his work feel somehow familiar in the context where it is shown.
Antoni Hervàs studied fine arts at the University of Barcelona (2006) and completed coursework in engraving and printing at the Escola de la Llotja. He has exhibited solo at the Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona (2012), Galeria Sis, Sabadell (2015), Agón at the Galeria etHALL, Barcelona (2016) and La Capella, Barcelona (awarded with the Barcelona’s visual arts grant of 2016). Hervàs has participated in many group exhibitions, including at Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (2014), MACBA, Barcelona (2016) and La casa encendida, Madrid (2016). As part of his artistic practice, Hervàs has led Fènix (2013-2016), Sant Andreu Contemporani’s educational programme, which involves various artists from Barcelona in its different stages. He has also carried out many self-managed publishing projects like Grapandmopotheper (2009), tributo a Ray Harryhausen (Degénero Ediciones, 2014) and La Trama for Mataró Art Contemporani (2015). He has also curated periodic exhibitions like Domestica, together with Ariadna Parreu (since 2009), and performative events like Mercuri Splash, together with David Bestué, for the fundació Miró (2015).