GROUND AND UNDERGROUND
11.06.2021 – 26.09.2021
Curator: Carles Guerra
Opening: Friday 11 June, 5 pm
In June 2015, Patricia Dauder (Barcelona, 1973) buried a set of works in an empty plot of land in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. The works had been produced in the studio but were left underground for weeks. A wide range of materials were deliberately exposed to degradation caused by the climate and soil corrosion. This process outside the studio prolonged the time needed to complete the works. By leaving them exposed to the elements, the artist added a great deal of contingency to the result. Each work was threatened with a degradation that would have made the exercise futile. However, despite their deteriorated appearance, all the works unearthed evoked the atmospheric conditions that had affected them.
The exhibition brings together four projects carried out after that summer. Groundworks - Documents (2021) records the earthworks carried out at the Hospitalet de Llobregat site; Weather Sticks (2018) is a series of ceramic works manufactured following a process open to the intervention of climatic factors; Sections (2021) presents on the walls an installation with numerous lithographs, a set that prologues the film Insulana (2021) inspired by the volcanic eruption that affected the Azores between 1957 and 1958. The film was made in S16 mm and is projected in 35 mm. It transfers to the screen a double exposure of the images with which the artist works, as also happens with the lithographs, which are palimpsests of variable intensity.
For this reason, the itinerary of the exhibition is presented in two stages, creating the possibility of seeing the same work twice. The result is a compendium of the work produced in the studio and the work produced in the open—a duality that is a recurring feature in Patricia Dauder’s most recent work.