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


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.

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

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 Those things that your fingers can tell, Kunstverein München, DE (2019);  Polifilia, Galería García, Madrid, ES (2018/2019); ARCOmadrid, FUTURE section, with Tenderpixel, curated by Chus Martínez with co-curators Rosa Lleó and Elise Lammer, ES (2018); 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 Galleria Macca, Sardinia, IT; Mapamundistas, Ciudadela, Pamplona ES (2018); 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 (2018; Who cares? A radio tale, Gasworks/Resonance 104.4 FM, London, UK (2018); The Futch, Sala de Arte Joven, Madrid, ES (2018); First Act: Smooth Operations, Laure Genillard Gallery, London, UK (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, UK (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, UK (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 solo exhibitions include CentroCentro Madrid, ES (2019).