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Javier Arce

Cat, Snake And Dutch Tomatoes


14/06/2019 –
– 30/11

On the 14th June Javier Arce, then-current artist in residence at 1646, hosted an informal meeting for a reduced number of people, 12 max., with lunch included.

The work of Javier Arce is characterised by his special attention to drawing, especially in the extension of this discipline to new territories and also the search and investigation of its specificity in the general field of contemporary artistic creation. But his work also addresses the field of video in cases where the project needs a broader and more explicit narrative, as well as installation, a field in which he has been insisting in recent years. Recently, the artist located geographically and thematically his work in a shepherd’s cabin in the mountains of Cantabria, where he presented a lucid relationship between the local and the global, the personal and the political, between the natural landscape and contemporary conflicts and, in short, between the individual desire and the collective impulse.

During the month of residence the artist was traveling through different parts of the country with his video camera recording images of the Dutch rural environment, taking as his only travel companion deferential readings of books like “The Tree” by John Fowles tree, “Où atterrir?” by Bruno Latour, “Modern Nature” by Dereck Jarman or “Discovering The Native Landscape” by John Brinckerhoff Jackson, while reflecting on the importance of the dehumanized random spaces of the landscape and its territory.

From 2017 to 2019, 1646 collaborated with the international Artist in Residency program Orbital to promote cultural exchange of The Netherlands with Spain. In 2017, 1646 invited Bernice Nauta to go to the residency Orbital and in 2018 Bonno van Doorn visited the residency in Santander. During this time 1646 has received guests as well: first Raúl Hevia in 2018, and artist Javier Arce in 2019.


About Javier Arce: Arce has a degree studied at the Escuela de Artes Aplicadas in Oviedo and received his Honors Degree in Fine Art at the Basque Country University. He received his Masters in Sculpture from the Wimbledon School of Fine Art. He was granted with The International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York in 2008. His latest solo exhibitions include ‘The First Loan Exhibition‘ The bastard museum, CAB, Burgos, Spain; ‘This could be a show of historical importance’, Museum of contemporary art in Zagreb; and he made interventions in Espai 13 at Miró Foundation in Barcelona. He participated in shows at the 4th Biennial of Experimental Etching, National Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu, Romania; The 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia; and The Sovereign European Art Prize at The Barbican Art Center, London, United Kingdom; the New Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia; MUSAC in Leon; CA2M in Móstoles, Madrid.
Orbital Residency is a non-profit artist-in-residence programme for young and mid-career artists with the goal to promote their work while creating a network of artists, curators, institutions and other cultural agents from different places. It is focused on the exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas within the framework of international contemporary art departing from a specific context. The programme ensures the development and presentation of the artists’ work, enriching both their proposals and their possibilities of projection and visibility. This programme also intends to create a space for collaboration and education that would help the cultural and artistic scene of the region. More information about Orbital Residency you can find at http://orbitalresidency.org/en/


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