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RECREATIONAL DUTY
April 25, 2014 - May 16, 2014
Laia Estruch, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Ryan Rivadeneyra, Sergi Botella.

 

Installation view
Recreational Duty, 2014
Junefirst Gallery

 

Sergi Botella
Sorry but I couldn’t finish my piece, I was in the Monegros with some friends, 2010
Digital photograph, 10x15cm

 

Sergi Botella
Sorry but I couldn’t finish my piece, I was in the Monegros with some friends, 2010
Digital photograph, 10x15cm

 

Sergi Botella
Sorry but I couldn’t finish my piece, I was in the Monegros with some friends, 2010
Digital photograph, 10x15cm

 

Sergi Botella
Sorry but I couldn’t finish my piece, I was in the Monegros with some friends, 2010
Digital photograph, 10x15cm

 

Installation view
Recreational Duty, 2014
Junefirst Gallery

 

Installation view
Recreational Duty, 2014
Junefirst Gallery

 

Laia Estruch
Jingle, 2011 - 2014
Performance, fluorescent lamps, record and poster

 

Laia Estruch
Jingle, 2011 - 2014 (Detail)
Performance, fluorescent lamps, record and poster

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Laia Estruch
Jingle, 2011 - 2014 (Detail)
Performance, fluorescent lamps, record and poster

 

Laia Estruch
Jingle, 2011 - 2014 (Detail)
Performance, fluorescent lamps, record and poster

 

Ryan Rivadeneyra
Sexy Miami Futuristic Cocktail Lounge (from the past), 2013
HD video, 15’ 54’’

 

Jaakko Pallasvuo
Icarus, 2012
HD video, 08’ 41’’

 

RECREATIONAL DUTY
April 25, 2014 - May 16, 2014
Laia Estruch, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Ryan Rivadeneyra, Sergi Botella.

Recreation is an end in itself, the task of enjoyment and self-fulfillment. It is the mirror of work as obligation, disconnected from productivity and related to care and expansion, to entertainment, aesthetics, expression and knowledge. At the same time it stands today as the ultimate purpose of the contemporary individual towards himself. It is also entangled in any notion of art, exempt from the objectives and laws of productivism. Art as a total occupation, dissolved the distinction between labor and leisure, becomes the paradigm of self-production. It lives in the difference; it entails the dedication to appearing singular and still significant in relation to a system of meanings, of other works and artists.

Recreation is also a reenactment or a simulation. The representation of the self is then an act of 'writing' or enacting which implies an unavoidable amount of fiction, a construction. Fiction takes place in the narration: in the distance between the subject who is writing or acting, and the subject that becomes in the writing or the act.

The job of recreation involves then awareness and a critical stand. What the artist does, makes, says and decides, the effects it has on other integrants of the context and the value it acquires is also susceptible of becoming his work all together.

This is a work in which the subject is a voice as much as an object. The artist becomes a motive, the matter of observation and projection. These works explore the possibilities that the element of fiction in the presentation of the self provides. They do so through the appearance of exposing themselves or in the ambiguity of becoming someone else, being aware of the constructed nature of their statement and only by questioning the authenticity of autobiography.

 

LIST OF WORKS

Sergi Botella. Sorry but I couldn’t finish my piece, I was in the Monegros with some friends, 2010. Digital photograph, 10x15cm.
Botella’s title is a self-explanatory gesture. The absence of something that would qualify as work is substituted by a documentation of that absence, which becomes a piece only by the given context and leaves the open question of the fiction and the facts involved.

Ryan Rivadeneyra. Sexy Miami Futuristic Cocktail Lounge (from the past), 2013. HD video, 15’ 54’’
Rivadeneyra creates a fictional place of atmospheric references that describe a retirement home for artists. This works as a scenário where a speculative narration about the moment of decadence of the artist’s career takes place.

Jaakko Pallasvuo. Icarus, 2012. HD video, 08’ 41’’
Through the figure of Icarus, who was so close to success that ended up failing in his attempt, Pallasvuo questions the possibility of a coherent, triumphal and ever progressing artistic trajectory through a narration in the first person of the artist’s relationship with a context and with his own work.

Laia Estruch, Jingle, 2011. Performance, fluorescent lamps, record and poster.
“Jingle” is a short song, which tells the story of the making of the song itself, accompanied by a record and a particular mise en scène. In the tradition of the catchy jingle as a means of advertising, it appears as the ultimate publicity, empty of any content but that of the act of announcing oneself. Through the collaboration with a designer, a choreographer and a musician, Estruch gets into the identity of a self-produced singer to advertise herself as an artist.