Àngels Ribé Loop Festival 2022

09 Nov - 18 Nov 2022
Loop Festival 2022

Overview

In the framework of the LOOP Festival 2022, Ana Mas Projects is pleased to present two audiovisual pieces by the Catalan conceptual artist Àngels Ribé: Clouds, Bubbles and Waves (1998/2019) and Caminar sobre el gel [Walking on Ice] (2016).

«While Time Passes…» is the theme through which the programme of this year’s LOOP Festival seeks to explore the multiple folds of time. Time is specifically one of the elements that since the 1960s has imbued Àngels Ribé’s artistic production and it is apparent in multiple ways in her installations and performances.[1] The videos featured here act as constant jumps in time, flashbacks and flashforwards; a non-linear time that, through the surface of the screen, invites the spectator to rediscover these previously rarely seen audiovisual pieces from a new space-time.[2]

On the one hand, Clouds, Bubbles and Waves, despite having been recorded in 2019 in the stream of Arbúcies, resumes an action carried out by the artist in 1998 in Caldes d’Estrac. A performance undertaken in the intimacy of the recording team in which Ribé endeavours to intervene in the natural and continuous flow of a river making the water pass through three geometric containers that she manipulates, which she then returns to its original course. There is no drama, only experimentation charged with great sensoriality. Despite the distance in time, associations with previous works such as Accumulation – Integration (1973/2001) or the Interseccions de llum, pluja i onada [Intersections of Light, Rain and Wave] (1969) are inevitable.

On the other, the half-ghostly figures shown in Caminar sobre el gel, produced in 2016, inevitably refer to previous pieces by Ribé such as Work is the Effort Against Resistance (1976, New York), in which the artist appears running in a loop towards the camera, or the installation Can’t Go Home (1977, New York), in which moving images of her body are interspersed in an attempt to climb a steep slope whose beginning and end we do not know; just as we do not know the place of departure and destination of the walkers in this video or the time they have invested in it. By repeating gestures, they all stage an infinite advance that refers to impossible, dislocated actions; an insistence oriented only to the indefatigable will to move forward through an unstable place towards an uncertain future, to enter the unknown.

In absolute coherence with the interests that have shaped her work for decades, for Àngels Ribé nature appears, once again, as a space in which one can intervene, not simply as a physical container in which the artist adds some strange elements, but as a setting ready to be manipulated and turned into an object of phenomenological experimentation.

This different use of space and its particular relationship with nature allows the artist to create a new imaginary of relationships; between past and future, between the real and the dreamlike, between space and geometry, or between nature and sculpture, which invite us to return to the consciousness of a corporality linked to a certain space and time that had been lost, blurred in the frenetic rhythm in search of getting the best out of the individual.

Lastly, a final temporality is added to the previous ones with a small drawing on paper dated 1984.

 

About the artist

Àngels Ribé (1943, Barcelona, Spain) is part of a generation of artists who began their careers in the late 1960s, a time of major political and social changes. Her artistic practice ‒ which started in the 1960s in Paris, continued in the 1970s in Chicago and New York and from the 1980s in Barcelona, her city of birth ‒ ranges from the use of drawing to performance, embracing sculpture, photography and installation. Her work is considered within the international scene as essential for understanding conceptual art.

Her most recent outstanding solo exhibitions include From Above (Art 3 Contemporain, Valence, FR, 2022), Pas Mal (Centre d’Art Maristany, Sant Cugat, ES, 2021), Sota l’Ossa Major (Centre d’Art Tecla Sala, L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, ES, 2020) – all curated byDavid Armengol – and Mon corps, mon esprit (Ana Mas Projects, Barcelona, ES, 2018).

In 2021 her work was celebrated with the Creu Sant Jordi distinction bestowed by the Government of Catalonia, and in 2019 she received the National Visual Arts Award and the honorary prize in the GAC Awards on recognition of her career. Moreover, she has been the only Spanish artist to exhibit at the prestigious Whitechapel Gallery in London with the exhibition Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015, curated by Iwona Blazwick in 2015.

Her work forms part of major international institutional collections such as the FRAC Lorraine Collection (Metz, FR), MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (Barcelona, ES), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid) and the Verbund Collection (Vienna, AUS), among others.

 

Artworks  on view

Caminar sobre el gel, 2016. Video HD loop, 5 min 21s, Color, No audio, PAC Sistem

Clouds, Bubbles and Waves, 1998/2019. Vídeo loop, 1 min, Black and White, Audio. Realization: Jesús Etxarte; Production: Centre d’Art Tecla Sala. Ajuntament de l’Hospitalet de Llobregat

Untitled, 1984. Chinese ink and water on rice paper, 22 x 22 cm

 

[1] Her recent exhibition Pas Mal, curated by David Armengol, is a perfect example of an installation in which the artist manages to inscribe various temporalities: the imperceptible growth of some plants, a toy train that goes round and round, Ribé’s walks through the woods near her home, and the appearance on stage of a band of Scottish musicians with their subsequent disappearance.

[2] Clouds, Bubbles and Waves was shown in the exhibition Sota l’Ossa Major [Under the Great Bear] at the Centre d’Art Tecla Sala from 14 November 2019 to 17 May 2020. Caminar sobre el gel has only been shown in the exhibition of the same name held at the MAC Mataró Art Contemporani and at the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica between 2017 and 2018.