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Certeza

Madrid  |  Spain  | 

Certeza

Colección SOLO is an international project that seeks to support and accompany contemporary creative work. It promotes creativity in several ways, and is based at the Espacio SOLO, a museum located in the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid, where it displays its collection through different temporary exhibitions.

La Colección SOLO presents Certeza, its new exhibition, which has emerged from asking more than a dozen international artists to question our environment. From the first week in April to the end of December, the show will bring together the works of artists such as Amoako Boafo, Alex Hug, filip custic, Chino Moya, SMACK, and Nick Cave, Koka Nikoladze, and Botto, among others. The narrative established by the works in the exhibition, which can be seen at the Espacio SOLO, addresses universal questions from multiple perspectives and media, such as painting, video art, installation, sculpture, drawing, generative art, AI art, and the NFT phenomenon.

Certeza by Colección SOLO starts with a piece by Chino Moya, a video installation that places the viewer in a dystopian future, where science and math govern a quasi-authoritarian system of aesthetics that has left behind humanities and art, seeing them as part of an unproductive past. Soundsuit, a sculpture by Nick Cave, raises the question of identity in relation to equality in the face of discrimination, a theme also tackled by Amoako Boafo. Born in Ghana, he is one of the key contemporary artists working in figurative painting, and he takes part in Certeza with ‘Sitting in the sun’. This large-format painting, expressed with the material heft of paint applied with the fingers, focuses on Boafo’s central artistic theme: the representation and recognition of the African identity and diaspora. 

Progress, doubt, and diversity regarding identity are also some of the recurring themes in the several works displayed in Certeza by the artist filip custic. His artistic production focuses on the interaction between technology and identity, explored through performance, video, and photography. 

One of the works on display in this exhibition is pi(x)el, a multi-format art project which will appear as an interactive sculpture, after going through a performance stage. The piece will also appear in an NFT format and as a video art piece, all of which will be on show at the Espacio SOLO. The need to escape and the sense of suffocation imposed by the normative is also conveyed by the work displayed by Shinuk Suh, ‘Better luck next time,’ a sculpture halfway between the humorous, the tender, and the eccentric that speaks of the constraints placed on people in Asian societies to achieve social success, even during childhood. The Japanese artist Masako Miki recreates new narratives linked to ancestral Japanese traditions, to replace these outdated social and artistic notions, which open up chasms in society. 

The consensus on the concept of time is the axis of the work by Andrea Galvani in his neon and metal piece entitled The Relativity of Simultaneous Events (Einstein’s Special Relativity: Lorentz Transformations). With the visual expression of Einstein’s mathematical theory, Galvani seeks to lend an earthy quality to seemingly distant ideas and to make palpable the concept of time, which we conceive of as uniform and absolute. 

More about Colección SOLO can be found in this online exhibition by Independent Collectors.

Andrea Galvani, The Relativity of Simultaneous Events (Einstein's Special Relativity: Lorentz Transformations), 2018
Andrea Galvani, The Relativity of Simultaneous Events (Einstein's Special Relativity: Lorentz Transformations), 2018
Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2012
Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2012
Juan Osorno, Lotería Cósmica N5, 2021; Lotería Cósmica N6, 2021
Juan Osorno, Lotería Cósmica N5, 2021; Lotería Cósmica N6, 2021
BOTTO, Installation BOTTO DAO, detail
BOTTO, Installation BOTTO DAO, detail
Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2012
Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2012
Shinuk Suh, Better Luck Next Time, 2018
Shinuk Suh, Better Luck Next Time, 2018
Amoako Boafo, Sitting on the Sun, 2019, detail
Amoako Boafo, Sitting on the Sun, 2019, detail
Adam Parker Smith, Sarcophagus (Opal over Black), 2021
Adam Parker Smith, Sarcophagus (Opal over Black), 2021
Chino Moya, The Permutations Triptych, 2022, installation view
Chino Moya, The Permutations Triptych, 2022, installation view
Koka Nikoladze, Operation Manual For A Stick, 2021, installation view
Koka Nikoladze, Operation Manual For A Stick, 2021, installation view
Alex Hug, Hug Station #4: It 's OK to feel Red, 2022
Alex Hug, Hug Station #4: It 's OK to feel Red, 2022
Alex Hug, Hug Station #2: Joy in Pink is Contagious, 2021, detail
Alex Hug, Hug Station #2: Joy in Pink is Contagious, 2021, detail
Andrea Galvani, The Relativity of Simultaneous Events (Einstein's Special Relativity: Lorentz Transformations), 2018, detail
Andrea Galvani, The Relativity of Simultaneous Events (Einstein's Special Relativity: Lorentz Transformations), 2018, detail
BNOMIO, Memento Mori: Ye, 2022; Memento Mori: Trump, 2022
BNOMIO, Memento Mori: Ye, 2022; Memento Mori: Trump, 2022
Adam Parker Smith, Sarcophagus (Opal over Black), 2021
Adam Parker Smith, Sarcophagus (Opal over Black), 2021
Alex Hug, Hug Station #4: It 's OK to feel Red, 2022
Alex Hug, Hug Station #4: It 's OK to feel Red, 2022
Alex Hug, Hug Station #2: Joy in Pink is Contagious, 2021
Alex Hug, Hug Station #2: Joy in Pink is Contagious, 2021
Adam Parker Smith, Sarcophagus (Opal over Black), 2021
Adam Parker Smith, Sarcophagus (Opal over Black), 2021
Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2012, detail
Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2012, detail
BOTTO, Manifiesto, publicado en The Times, 20 de octubre de 2021
BOTTO, Manifiesto, publicado en The Times, 20 de octubre de 2021
BOTTO, 216 Fragmentos Botto, installation view
BOTTO, 216 Fragmentos Botto, installation view
BOTTO, Proyección de 10 imágenes, installation view
BOTTO, Proyección de 10 imágenes, installation view
filip custic, overthinking myself, 2020, installation view
filip custic, overthinking myself, 2020, installation view
SMACK, TRIBE - GOLDEN CIRCLE CHARACTERS, 2022, installation view
SMACK, TRIBE - GOLDEN CIRCLE CHARACTERS, 2022, installation view
BNOMIO, Memento Mori: Ye, 2022; Memento Mori: Trump, 2022
BNOMIO, Memento Mori: Ye, 2022; Memento Mori: Trump, 2022
Juan Osorno, Contacto N4, 2021; Contacto N7, 2021
Juan Osorno, Contacto N4, 2021; Contacto N7, 2021
Koka Nikoladze, Operation Manual For A Stick, 2021, detail
Koka Nikoladze, Operation Manual For A Stick, 2021, detail

Images: courtesy of Colección SOLO