Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Serie Mitad, Pieza 1 (2017) Mármol. 27 x 21 x 80 cm

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Serie Mitad, Conjunto 1 (2017) Mármol. 90 x 90 x 90 cm @RobertoRuiz

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Tubo (2014) Copper tub. Variable dimensions.

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

La Clota (2015) Photography on glossy paper. 39,3" x 59"

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Triángulo (2014) Intervention on photographic paper. 15,5" x 10,5"

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Els Encants Vells, 2013
Intervención sobre papel fotográfico

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Serie Estambul. 2016
Intervención sobre papel fotográfico

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Cylinder I (2015) White marble Pi and granite floor tile. 23,6" x 47,2" x 19,6"

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Cylinder II (2015) White marble Pi and granite floor tile. 23,6" x 47,2" x 10,6"

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Cono (2015) Embed ceramic. 22,8" x 5,9" x 13,7"

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Intersección II (2015) Painted iron. 47,2" x 23,6" x 47,2"

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Taburete (2015) Stool and mirrors. 31,4" x 31,4" x 59"

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Cilindro III (2015) Pi white marble and granite tiles. 60 × 76 × 76 cm

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Rodilleras series,
Mixed media on paper.
50x70cm, 2003

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

SERIE RODILLERAS,2003 , 50X70CM
Rodilleras series,
Mixed media on paper.
50x70cm, 2003

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Calambur. Galeria ArtNueve. (Murcia) 2018.

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Calambur. Galeria ArtNueve. (Murcia) 2018.

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

Calambur. Galeria ArtNueve. (Murcia) 2018.

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Mitad", Ana Mas Projects (Barcelona), 2017

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Mitad", Ana Mas Projects (Barcelona), 2017

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Mitad", Ana Mas Projects (Barcelona), 2017

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Mitad", Ana Mas Projects (Barcelona), 2017

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Arenzana Imaz Intxausti Montón Peral", Tabakalera (San Sebastián), 2016

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Arenzana Imaz Intxausti Montón Peral", Tabakalera (San Sebastián), 2016

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Arenzana Imaz Intxausti Montón Peral", Tabakalera (San Sebastián), 2016

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Nudos", Fundació Suñol (Barcelona) 2015

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Nudos", Fundació Suñol (Barcelona) 2015

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Nudos", Fundació Suñol (Barcelona) 2015

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Nudos", Fundació Suñol (Barcelona) 2015

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Nudos", Fundació Suñol (Barcelona) 2015

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Entornado", +R Galería (Barcelona), 2014

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Entornado", +R Galería (Barcelona), 2014

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Entornado", +R Galería (Barcelona), 2014

Alberto Peral | anamasprojects.com

"Entornado", +R Galería (Barcelona), 2014

CV

ALBERTO PERAL
Santurtzi, Bizkaia, 1966.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

Calambur, Galeria Art Nueve, Murcia.

2017

“Mitad”, Ana Mas Projects, Barcelona.

2016

“Alberto Peral, Gemma Inxausti, Idoia Montón, Iñaki Imaz, Miren Arenzana”, Curators: Pello Aguirre y Beatriz Herráez. Tabakalera, San Sebastián

2015

“Nudos”, Fundació Suñol. Barcelona

2014

“Entornado”, Maserre Gallery. Barcelona

2013

“Fell”, EtHall, Barcelona
“Atelier de Barcelona”. L.A.C., Lieu d’Art Contemporain, Narbonne, France

2011

“Múltiples”. Espacio Marzana, Bilbao

2010

“Red”. Solo Project ARCO2010. masART Gallery

2009

masART Gallery, Barcelona

2008

“Simetrías” Noo Gallery. Barcelona.
“Ladeira” Espacio bananeiras, Río de Janeiro.

2007

“Bailando” Espacio Producciones, Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid.

2006

“Time” Helga de Alvear Gallery, Madrid.
“La imagen constante”. SIS Gallery, Sabadell.

2005

“Imágenes y símbolos” Windsor Kulturgintza Gallery. Bilbao.
“Estrechamientos Sala Carlos III, Universidad Pública de Navarra. Pamplona.

2004

“El cuerpo sutil” Senda Gallery. Barcelona.
“Campana” Rafael Ortiz Gallery, Sevilla.
“Umbral” TomásMarch Gallery, Valencia.

2003

“Cuatro Montañas” Helga de Alvear Gallery, Madrid.

2001

DV Gallery, San Sebastián.

2000

“Paisaje” Alberto Peral + Jesús Palomino. Espai Cubic, Fundació Miró, Palma de Mallorca.

1999

Tomás March Gallery, Valencia.
Van der Voort Gallery, Ibiza.
Blackspace, Alejandro Sales Gallery, Barcelona.

1997

“Rotadores”. Sala Molí, Centre Cultural Tecla Sala, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona.
“Rotadores”. Área II de la Sala Rekalde de Bilbao.
DV Gallery, San Sebastián.

1996

“Personajes” Fúcares Gallery, Madrid.

1995

Sala Municipal de Cultura, Basauri, Vizcaya.
Sala de Exposiciones de la BBK, Bilbao.

1994

Fúcares Gallery, Almagro, Ciudad Real.

1992

“Superficie” Alberto Peral + Ana Laura Alaez. Espai 13, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Arco, Ana Mas Projects, Madrid.

2014

“Haver fet un lloc on els artistes tinguin dret a equivocar-se. Històries de l’Espai 10 i l’Espai 13 de la Fundació Joan Miró. Fundació Miró, Barcelona.
“Res no s’atura”, Fundació Suñol, Barcelona.
“Tiempos abiertos” fondos de la colección ARTIUM de Álava, CEART de Fuenlabrada.

2013

“Don’t Forget” Inauguración del nuevo proyecto +R, Barcelona.

2010

“Helga de Alvear und Harald Falckenberg im Dialog”. Sammlung Hamburg.

2009

“Short time” halfhouse, Barcelona.
“El tiempo que venga”. Artium, Vitoria.

2006

“Café con leche” Cultura.Migración.Identidad.Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas.

2004

Colectica 5 artistas vascos, Distrito 4 Gallery, Donosti.

2003

Intervenciones urbanas, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos.

2002

Big Sur. Arte Nuevo Español, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlín.
Endpresentation EKWC, Holanda.
Abrir Estudios ISCPNYC, Nueva York.
Forum’02 Arte, DV Gallery, Berlín.
Itinerarios 2001-2002 IX Becas de Artes Plásticas Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander.

2001

Tiempo de embarque. Centre d’Art Santa Mónica, Barcelona.

2000

Generación 2000, Caja Madrid, Madrid y Barcelona.
ARCO’00, Alejandro Sales Gallery, Madrid.
Feria de Berlín, la DV Gallery, Berlín.

1999

Bienal Leandre Cristòfol, Lleida.

1998

ARTISSIMA’98, Alejandro Sales Gallery, Turín.
Hecho con el cerebro. El bocadillo Culturales. Associazione Culturale laberinto. Turín.
Gure Artea 96, Comunidad de Madrid, Sala Plaza de España, Centre d’Art Santa Mónica, Barcelona.

1997

Nuevo 97, Hotel Majestic, Alejandro Sales Gallery, Barcelona.
Ecos de la Materia. Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo.
Bienal Internacional Das Caldas da Rainha, Portugal.

COLLECTIONS

Ayuntamiento de Pamplona
Colección Injuve, Madrid
Museo de Bellas Artes de Álava.
Ajuntament de Lleida.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
Banco de España.
Diputación Foral de Vizcaya.
Artium, Vitoria-Gazteiz.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Unión Fenosa.
Fundació “La Caixa”.
Fundación Generación 2000 Caja Madrid.
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Alcobendas.
Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander.
Fundación VilaCasas, Barcelona.
Fundación Rafael Tous, Barcelona.
Fundación Banco de Sabadell.
Colección Helga de Alvear.

GRANTS AND AWARDS

2008

Ayuda de la Generalitat de Catalunya para residencia en Capacete Río de Janeiro.

2007

Ayuda de la Generalitat de Catalunya para una residencia en el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Irlanda Junio-Agosto. Dublín.

2005

Academia de España en Roma.
Ayuda del Gobierno Vasco, el Proyecto de Quíbor, Venezuela.

2004-05

Ayudas a la creación, la Fundación Arte y Derecho.

2001-02

IX Becas de Artes Plásticas, Fundación Marcelino Botín.

1999

Beca de la Generalitat de Cataluña para estancias en el extranjero.
Premio Pilar Juncosa i Sotheby’s, la Fundación Miró de Mallorca.

1996

Premio Gure Artea del Gobierno Vasco.

1995-96

Beca de Artes Plásticas de la Diputación Foral de Bizkaia.

1994-95

Beca de Artes Plásticas de la BBK.

1993-94

Becado de la Academia de España en Roma.

Texts

  • Things Placed Right in the Middle of the Theatre of Representation
    On Alberto Peral

    Manuel Segade

    Happiness consists of joining the beginning and the end.

    Pythagorean proverb

     

    Since the 1960s, sculpture has been the quintessential space for reflection in contemporary art. Minimalism, whose pieces were veritable phenomenological parries against the dominant ocularcentrism, let sculpture become a vector of space designed to be read with the body. Leading American critic Michael Fried analysed how the literal aspect of Minimalist pieces—from Robert Morris’s white parallelepipeds to Donald Judd’s repetitive structures—tended towards theatre. For him, this meant the end of autonomous art, of the independent command of aesthetics created by the modern paradigm and which had to be critically combatted. Fried’s analysis was correct, but his diagnosis was flawed: since Minimalism, and thanks to sculptural processes, art has been made in the theatrical space of representation, fulfilling the avant-garde dream of linking art and life, given that representation is now merely a cultural regime that makes it possible to read what is real, indistinguishable from reality itself.

     

    Sculpture has since evolved by assimilating phenomenological theories of perception, making it possible to understand bodies—made out of the very material of the world—as a sound board: sculpture was part of interpreting what is real and was activated by spectators’ physical presence in the exhibition space, which made sculpture inseparable from its spatial context. The exhibition space, public space and landscape became permeable communicating vessels of continuous experiences. In recent decades, following the trail blazed by new forms of sculpture in the 1980s—above all British, Catalan and Basque sculpture—the questioning of representation as a central issue in art theory sparked critical attitudes towards the object and the spectator above and beyond Minimalism: sculptural objects became signs of a paratheatrical staging in which the expected scene never took place, allowing art to talk repeatedly of itself.

     

    In Spain, this approach was defined in the early 1990s by theorist and curator José Luis Brea, but it developed differently in the autonomous regions of Spain where sculpture had created a strong tradition in the 1980s: the Basque Country and Catalonia. The Basque Country had a long tradition of sculpture and gave rise to a movement created by Jorge Oteiza and later disseminated by Ángel Bados and Txomin Badiola’s projects at Arteleku workshops in the mid-1990s. Catalonia in the 1980s saw an evolution of new sculpture—led by Sergi Aguilar and Susana Solano, among others—towards new ways of understanding plastic art as a form of representation, in the hands of Pep Agut, Jordi Colomer and Antoni Abad. Basque art evolved in different ways towards an appropriation of what is real: sculptures reflecting forms of modernity began to embrace media such as photography, video and even architecture to use the idea of design to get closer to the total work of art with complex and even relational machines of meaning: exponents included Badiola himself and Ana Laura Aláez. In Catalonia, an interest in new media and incorporating collective work led Colomer and Abad along paths bordering on video installation: from sculpture to a trompe l’oeil of what is real.

     

    Somewhere between both traditions of three-dimensional devices―as dubbed by critic Manel Clot―lies the work of Alberto Peral (Santurce, 1966), who trained in the Basque Country and has lived in Catalonia since the mid-1990s. This halfway position, this being “in the middle”, is a core feature of his work: a threshold that frames his production.

     

    Although he has used a wide range of media over the course of his career—video, photography, sculpture and installation—his work has remained manifestly coherent, underpinned by an eminently sculptural logic: focusing on the relationship between representation and what is real, or rather the occupation of this halfway space where what is real is revealed as a form of representation.

     

    His recent pieces include striking photographs of forsaken urban spaces where the main motif is a piece of city furniture: tables and chairs taken out of their usual domestic context and dumped in the street that somehow, or therefore, give new meaning to urban space as a space susceptible for public use. Alberto Peral makes incisions in the photographic prints of these images and lifts up the top layer of the photograph to reveal the white paper underneath. The abandoned furniture—signs of a human presence represented entirely and precisely by its absence—are reoccupied in the form of these abstract formal interventions: in a ghostly fashion, the social junk is activated through a hole in the picture, a new space forged by geometric folds that populates the object like a trompe l’oeil of the wall against which the photograph is displayed. The image becomes sculptural, three-dimensional, like an exercise in controlled origami that endows the image with a physicality above and beyond perspective representation, since it unfurls into what is real.

     

    In these images, the represented void is functional, a manual intervention that invents a new space in the gap between the everyday object and its representation. Through these gestures, the photograph is contradicted in its own terms: once the image has been skinned—in Jesús Palomino’s words—the representational window denies its visual nature; the photographs are the antithesis of the ocularcentrism that defines photography. The perforated image becomes a real trace of a reality to which it is returned by abstract means. The photographs are things and the things are photographs. The chance encounter with these discarded domestic objects recalls theorist Richard Sennett’s analysis of the urban phenomenon: today it is the private dimension that absorbs public discourse, and the public sphere can only express itself through a kind of intimate, emotional discourse.

     

    In the sculptural pieces, Alberto Peral clearly shows the power of representation to affect what is real. Although they have become more abstract and lost the human form that characterised the early pieces in his career, his sculptures still retain a trace of figuration, a representational tie to man, to human nature. A triangular bar that ends up becoming oval is an anamorphosis, a distorted perspective turned into an object: another space folded into what is real. The sculptures on display in this exhibition play Alberto Peral’s characteristic game of doubles and mirrors. The wall of the white cube or the floor in the courtyard become the same representational space he used in the perforated surfaces of his photographs. The wall support is a hollowed-out ceramic screen or an extending formal prosthesis of metal pipes. The courtyard floor reveals its built character: the floor tiles acquire a representational nature by turning into a ductile material rearranged by a sculptural urge and a geometry that seems to re-educate space, thus revealing the ability of the institution itself to be many things and their doubles all at once.

     

    As with conjuring tricks, there is a suspension of disbelief, of the laws of physics, made possible by turning aspects of the everyday world into sculptures. The objects are arranged in accordance with humanist reasoning: the hand that makes them moulds them to anthropocentric perfection, against the laws of nature but naturalised in the artistic tradition. Alberto Peral’s sculptural objects possess a calm formal perfection and an absorbing or centripetal force that brings them close to the classical definition of static perfection: they are Pythagorean in their abstract power, like endless mathematical functions in space that could go on repeating themselves for ever, like a series of facing mirrors whose contained infinity reveals the true nature of things.

     

    In this theatrical setup, it is striking how his aesthetics are pared down to a basic formal vocabulary, deliberately reduced to the families of forms such as circles and triangles, spheres and cones. This formal repertoire is also a game of reflections: they are double forms, within and without, inside and outside, that use materials that have been flipped or inserted one inside the other, with raised skins that reveal a reverse side that is also itself… They are all transitory forms, represented in medias res or which take on meaning in their gregarious arrangement, in the very display that links them as an exhibition.

     

    This formal interstitial vocabulary has its correlative in the continuity of the urban in the gallery space. The street (city), the photograph (image), and the white cube (exhibition) are all conventional forms, that is, forms of representation in continuity with what is real. The defence of representation is an implicit critique of the inability of space to understand itself, of the need for taking the further step of aesthetic artifice as a revelation. This way of understanding the unlimited continuity between representation and reality and this figurative tension is linked to the sculptural strategies employed by another great Spanish conjuring artist, Juan Muñoz. In the same way that Muñoz linked his pieces with Pirandello and his Six Characters in Search of an Author, these pieces are human shadows: as Michael Fried discovered in the early Minimalist structures, the sculptures tend towards an anthropomorphic condition. The sculptural gestures are people, spaces unfurled for subjective projections, in the middle of a wider theatre of the world. An ongoing representation of a cold, precise yet deliberately baroque sensuality.

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