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.
Images: courtesy of Colección SOLO