Please join us during Birmingham's 2018 Magic City Art Connection for the opening reception of Spanish artist Nico Munuera's first solo exhibition at Maus Contemporary.
Nico is this year's juror at Magic City Art Connection and looks forward meeting you all.
Nico Munuera "una vez no es ninguna vez"
("one time is no time", or "once is never")
April 28 - June 2, 2018
Opening reception: SATURDAY, April 28 (1.30-6.00pm)
Nico Munuera (*1974, lives and works in Valencia, Spain) moved from Lorca to Valencia in 1993 to study Fine Arts at the Faculty of San Carlos, during which he was was the recipient of several awards. He has been included in exhibitions at various art galleries since 1998, as well as in national and international art fairs.
His work was recently the subject of a solo exhibition, titled "Praecisio", at the Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, IVAM, in Valencia Spain, and is included in numerous private and institutional collections in Europe, including the AENA Foundation, the Barrié Foundation, the Belondrade Foundation, the Banco de España Collection, the La Caixa Foundation Testimoni, the Cajamadrid Collection, the Cajamurcia Foundation, the Cajasol Collection, the CAM Collection, the Centenero Fundation, the Chirivella Soriano Foundation, the Coca Cola Foundation, the Copelouzos Family Art Museum, the DKV Foundation, the Entrecanales Collection, the FEVAL Collection, the Foster-Ochoa Collection, the Helga de Alvear Collection, the MACUF Collection, the Madrid Community Collection, the Ministry of Culture ES Collection, the Murcia Community Collection, the Olorvisual Collection, the Patio Herreriano Collection, the Pilar Citoler Collection, the Purificación García Collection, the Sabadell Bank Collection, etc.
Munuera's work has been exhibited in several international institutions in Geneva, Switzerland (at the Villa Bernasconi, in 2011); at the now defunct Gabarron Foundation-Carriage House Center for the Arts in New York, NY (2007); and at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, MMOMA, in Moscow, Russia (2011). Noteworthy exhibitions are Stimmung (2014) at Proyecto Paralelo Gallery, Mexico City; and Frame Time (2014) at Veronicas in Murcia, Spain. Of particular importance for his career are the solo exhibitions No Flags (2008) and Boneless Island (2015), both at Max Estrella Gallery in Madrid, Spain. He was recently included in the exhibition "terreno áspero | rugged terrain, five contemporary artists from Spain", at Maus Contemporary (2017).
One time is no time
"One time is no time" speaks to the importance of sustained work and its development over time; to an insistence on repeating processes which produce results with minimal yet significant differences. It’s all about a way of addressing everyday work as a kind of mantra or ritual, like a conscious trance state that, on one hand, opens a space of freedom for the mind and, on the other, focuses intense attention on what is actually in front of our eyes. It is a form of absolute concentration that enables an appreciation of unique detail in each work and, at once, a form of behavior that facilitates a process of learning and reflection based on visual comparison as well as correspondence with knowledge stored in our memory.
The mission of working in series is not to induce a mode of repetition, which is merely underwritten by reproductivity. To undertake series implies a willingness to reflect slowly, endeavoring to subdivide each advance that takes place in order to continue a little further beyond the limits of the known. It involves creating intertwined elements that will be part of a long narrative continued over time. It is to devise a perfectly legible discourse, enhancing each little subtle nuance without letting it go unnoticed. Working in series allows the work to adopt a much broader and longer vision, starting out from highly specific approaches that will lead us to much more profound reflections.
These works being presented at Maus Contemporary are grounded in the idea of learning and perceptive capacities channeled through the sight. Something which could be summed up in the act of painting in order to see better. The relationship between pairs enables a comparison and appreciation of minimum details that can camouflage what is apparently homogeneous. The idea of physical limits created by the very nature of painting is permanently present in these works. Hence the fact that the titles, in Latin and thus harking back to the origins of language itself, are always related with the act of observing and the idea of boundary, in this way foregrounding the importance of attention.
The visualization of limits stimulates our perceptive attitudes both inside and outside the picture. The existence of duality is both necessary and inevitable for learning. The similitude, complementariness and contrast with which the painting is constructed and uncovered are shown as a path to knowledge; as an act of reflection and introspection. We look and reflect on our surroundings by means of what we learn through painting. Still today so simple and so old, painting has the capacity to take us from the physicality of the stain and color to much more global concepts. Concepts which are often intangible and inexplicable through words but which help us to understand and to better endure the world in which we live.
- Nico Munuera, April 2018
learn more about the artist here:
Maus Contemporary is a contemporary art gallery and space dedicated to supporting creativity with a focus on experimental as well as issue-driven work. Through representing emerging, established, and internationally recognized artists, the gallery is committed to bringing a global perspective to contemporary issues and practices across the Visual Arts. The program consists of exhibitions, printed publications, and media outreach.
A rigorous gallery exhibition program, focusing on ten to twelve week long exhibitions, has become a staple of curatorial excellence in the South of the US, and the gallery has received critical attention from the press, including Art Forum and Art in America. The exhibition Mark Flood: FACEBOOK FARM was selected as one of three finalists for the AICA-USA Award for Excellence in Art Criticism and Curatorial Achievement in the category "Best show in a commercial space nationally outside of New York".
The gallery's mission is to offer a platform for experimentation in a culturally difficult environment through four to six gallery exhibitions a year in addition to curated projects and exhibitions abroad.
Maus Contemporary has released twelve publications so far, most recently for the exhibition "terreno áspero | rugged terrain, five contemporary artists from Spain", and a monographic publication on gallery artist Leslie Smith III, while currently working on a first survey publication on Spanish artist Irene Grau.
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