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Eva Fàbregas, Picture yourself as a block of melting butter, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona ES, 2017
Eva Fàbregas, Picture yourself as a block of melting butter, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona ES, 2017

ARCOmadrid

Eva Fàbregas

21 until 25 February 2018

Madrid, Spain

Eva Fàbregas and Tenderpixel present a selection of sculptures and drawings as part of ARCOmadrid’s FUTURE section. These pieces represent a clear continuation and evolution of the works Fàbregas developed as part of her solo exhibition at Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona in 2017. The playful and tactile objects invite visitors to engage with them directly, use them and inhabit them. They organise the bodies of the audience, while also creating links in between spaces through a kind of spatial freedom and agency.     

In her work, Fàbregas explores the eroticism of consumer objects and the engineering of desire, across sculpture and video, installation and sound. This ongoing interest in affects, emotions and desire towards matter and objects has led her to produce work that addresses issues such as the culture of wellness and relaxation, psychodrama and market-oriented research, as well as online therapeutic subcultures.              

Her practice deals with these forms of somatic experimentation by engaging with the medium of sculpture in ways that involve both affective and performative dimensions. This new body of work takes inspiration from those places where wellness is consumed on a daily basis (health resorts, saunas, yoga gyms, biotherapy centres, swimming pools). It takes the form of sculptural objects and immersive installations which are meant to allow desire to flow in all directions, blurring the boundaries between organic and inorganic, natural and artificial realms.                     

These works challenge the medium of sculpture by infiltrating it with immaterial practices such as performative exercises and somatic/affective experiences, which are aimed to induce mental states and produce specific effects on the body. Spectators are therefore invited to directly engage with the sculptural objects, in order to – almost literally – inhabit them. Her installations interrogate the boundaries between subject and object, human and nonhuman, while making it possible for viewers to visualize themselves melting with the materiality of the sculptures, turning into a piece of chewing gum, or taking an imaginary stroll through an automatic car wash.                

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ARCOmadrid's FUTURE section was curated by Chus Martínez with co-curators Rosa Lleó and Elise Lammer.

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Eva Fàbregas (b 1988, Barcelona ES) lives and works in London UK. She completed an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London UK in 2013.

Recent solo and duo exhibitions include Picture yourself as a block of melting butter, Fundació Miró, Barcelona ES (2017); Systems for displaying matter, Enclave, London UK (2016); The stuff that surrounds us, José de la Fuente, Santander ES (2016); How are you feeling today?, Window Space (Whitechapel), London UK (2015); Unforeseen changes, The Green Parrot, Barcelona ES (2014); Eva Fàbregas & Andrew Lacon, Kunstraum, London UK (2014); Homeless abstraction, Plazaplaza, London UK (2013); A Possible form, Espai Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona ES (2012) and Catalogue, La Capella, Barcelona ES (2011).

Selected group shows and screenings include Regreso al Futuro, La Casa Encendida, Madrid ES (2018); Every object is a thing but not every thing is an object, Hollybush Gardens, London UK; Who cares? A radio tale, Gasworks/Resonance 104.4 FM, London (2018); The Futch, Sala de Arte Joven, Madrid ES (2018); First Act: Smooth Operations, Laure Genillard Gallery, London (2017-2018); Scissors cut paper wrap stone, Ormoston House, Limerick IR, West Cork Center, Cork IR and CCA Derry~Londonderry IR (2017 and 2016); Eyecatcher, Big Screen Southend, Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea UK (2017); Ephemeral, Swab art fair, Barcelona ES (2017); The Role of Unintended consequences, Syndicate, Cologne DE (2016); Domestic taxonomies, Enclave, London (2016); Teesside world exposition of art and technology, MIMA, Middlesbrough UK (2016); Soft control, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh UK (2016); Projective ornament, García Galería, Madrid ES (2016); Generación, La Casa Encendida, Madrid ES (2016); Hotfixes, Avalanche, London (2015); 9th Biennal Leandre Cristòfol, La Panera, Lleida ES (2015); Abandoned futures, Fabra i Coats Centre Art Contemporani, Barcelona ES (2014); Hidden modernity, Casa Capell, Mataró ES (2013); Honeymoon, Triangle Space, London UK (2013); Study Case, Can Felipa Arts Visuals, Barcelona ES (2013); Injuve, Matadero, Madrid ES (2012) and Itinerarios, Fundación Botín, Santander ES (2012).

Upcoming exhibitions include Galleria Macca, Sardinia, IT (2018); Mapamundistas, Ciudadela, Pamplona ES (2018); a solo exhibition at Kunstverein München DE (2018) and solo exhibition at García Galeria, Madrid ES (2018).

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