espacio trapézio – art you can see, hear, taste and smell (and touch) – or the five senses of art

 

a short review by Helene Romakin


If you hear the name espacio trapézio, which is supposed to be an art space in the wonderful city of Madrid, where would you most likely look for it? Of course, it sounds like a catch question, and it definitely is. But thinking about the question, the answer appears more simple than it sounds. The affection to good food in Spain dominates over many other aspects…

 

So, I find myself walking into the fancy San Antón Market in the arty neighborhood of Chueca and it smells like fish. Some art lovers would interpret this as provocation, if not an insult. Evidently, at this point one discovers the controversial meaning behind the ambitious project of espacio trapézio, whose small room is situated right in the middle of the market. The avant-garde lies in the “fruity“ intersection between different disciplines such as arts, culture, gastronomy and – more than that – in their consumption.

Panorama photograph of espacio trapezio and the terrace

Panorama photograph of espacio trapezio and the terrace

 

espacio trapézio opened its doors in May 2011 and constitutes a public non-profit platform that supports young international artists from various disciplines. The team consisting of five members chosen by the cultural association Pensart Cultura (www.pensart.org) takes charge of curating and gathering the activities and exhibitions at espacio trapézio. Until now, seven projects have been presented to the public, and all of them quite successfully. With its latest project Young Polish Artists on Tour, the team of curators showed its sense for emerging contemporary art that Madrid often lacks. The capital seems to welcome this intervention open-heartedly. More than ever – and in comparison with other major capitals – it seems as if this young city seeks to open up and leave its status quo just now. One would not be wrong exclaiming that espacio trapézio, and its sense for taking over responsibility of leading the cultural and social discourse, meets artistic as well as public needs.

 

espacio trapézio and the San Anton Market

espacio trapézio and the San Anton Market

Mingle on the terrace of espacio trapézio

Mingle on the terrace of espacio trapézio

 

This crooked space truly evokes many questions. With its location, it does not only challenge the traditional context of art spaces, but its projects also affect the common relationship between viewer, user and creator – those roles are not fixed yet and are not aimed to be. From top to the bottom the idea of this art space makes one curious. Since admission is always free, the space gets visited not only by an art interested public, but just as much by surprised market visitors. If everything happened according to espacio trapézio´s good will, then even the butcher and the baker next to it would benefit from the artistic influence inside the market. Only time will show if this idea is totally idealistic, or yet very realistic. One can look forward to new programming and the ideas of espacio trapézio´s sensitive and talented team.

 

From the 21st of November to the 4th of December 2011, espacio trapézio presents the cluster programme. The cluster programme gathers works of video art that were developed with artistic grants or during artist in residence programmes. This time the cluster programme exhibits a show case of the Peruvian artist Daniel Jacoby.

 

 

Exhibition view "La realidad no existe“ 6.10. - 13.11.2011 at espacio trapézio

Exhibition view "La realidad no existe“ 6.10. - 13.11.2011 at espacio trapézio

 

YPA – Young Polish Artists on Tour Madrid-Berlin

Artists: Wojtek Bąkowski, Alicja Bielawska, Karolina Freino, Łukasz Ogórek, Kama Sokolnicka, Zorka Wollny

Curators: Agnieszka Kulazińska, Javier Duero

 

Curators´ statement: Creative practice of emerging Polish artists is no longer immersed in the struggle for freedom (like the artists of the 80s) or the investigation of the limits of creation (as the art of the 90s). Today artists are interested in working on projects focused on the process, using a multi cross methodology related to media and collaborative in terms of production and distribution.

 

 

Untitled Story by Daniel Jacoby, 21.11. - 04.12.2011 at espacio trapézio

Untitled Story by Daniel Jacoby, 21.11. - 04.12.2011 at espacio trapézio

 

Cluster Programme – Untitled Story by Daniel Jacoby

Curators´ statement: Untitled Story is a project based on collaboration and work through the work of other artists and various formats. A novel is transformed into a play, a play becomes animated video, which in turn will become a manga comic book then goes on to be what others want partners. A narrative structure with references to past and future, with connections between characters at any time is offered almost as a logical construction, without names and without too many references. Using a split screen in two and three times any story is presented with a series of characters. A narrative structure with references to past and future, with connections between characters at any time is offered almost as a logical construction, without names and without too many references.

 

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