Laura Gonzalez

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24 Feb 2006

2006 Artist of the month – 2

Javier P?©rez’s exquisite sensibility captivated me since I visited one of the most successfull shows the Guggenheimm Bilbao has ever exhibited. In La Torre Herida por el Rayo (The Tower struck by a Lightning), Javier P?©rez’s Levitas piece was an affront to the world of possibilities; it opened inspirational, aspirational and expressive doors.


Levitas, 1998

I had already seen his dresses made of cow’s intenstines and his hair masks on my faculty’s library catalogue collection. However, seeing the work live imbued it with ever more sensibility and fragility, something lacking in the expression of contemporary artists from Bilbao, especially males.


El baile del infinito

Since my first face-to-face encounter with his work in 2000, the name of Javier P?©rez has been mentioned in relation to important contexts of the contemporary art world, Basque, Spanish and international. In 2001, he represented Spain in the 49th Venice Biennale (together with the also Bilbao-born artist Ana Laura Al?°ez).


A trip to Venice, Javier P?©rez’s installation for the Spanish pavilion, Venice Biennale 2001

In 2005, he exhibited at the Palacio de Cristal, part of the Reina Sofia Museum. This beautiful gallery at the heart ofthee the Madrillian Retiro had been previously inhabited by artists of the stature of Michelangelo Pistoletto and Anish Kapoor.


Tempus Fugit

However, it was in his Artium retrospective in 2003 that Javier P?©rez’s ontological dimension hit me with it’s hard contingent stick. His displayed bodily fluids, the use of his own body in despairing, intense, eternally recurrent video sequences mesmerized my intellect as if it was me in paralel universe I was contemplating. My co-visitor felt a similar existential pull.



Latigo, 1998


Reflejos en un viaje, video installation / 60 escalones (perpetuum mobile), 1999

It is the overwhelming sensibility, the ontological certainty of our mortal selves and the aesthetic beauty and interdisciplinary character of his installations that has earned his the title of 2006 February Artist of the Month and a place in the 2006 Artist of the Year final.

For more information on Javier P?©rez’s work, visit
http://www.artium.org/ingles/expo_javierperez.html

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH COMPETITION:

Artist of the month – 1: Pilar Albarracin
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About Me

I am an artist and writer. My recent practice performance, film, dance, photography and text, and my work has been performed, exhibited and published in many venues in Europe and the US. I have spoken at numerous conferences and events, including the Museum for the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the Medical Museum in Copenhagen, College Arts Association and the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society. When I am not following Freud, Lacan and Marx’s footsteps with my camera or creating performance works as part of my Athenaeum Research Fellowship at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, I teach postgraduate students at Transart Institute.

I am currently immersed in an interdisciplinary project exploring knowledge and the body of the hysteric. In 2013, together with Child and Adolescent Mental Health practitioner Frances Davies, I co-edited the book ‘Madness, Women and the Power of Art’, to which I contributed a work authored with Eleanor Bowen. My book ‘Make Me Yours: How Art Seduces’ was published by Cambridge Scholars in 2016. In this text, investigates psychoanalytic approaches to making and understanding objects of seduction, including an examination of parallels between artistic and analytic practices, a study of Manolo Blahnik’s shoes as objects of desire, a disturbing encounter with Marcel Duchamp’s last work, and the creation of a psychoanalytically inspired Discourse of the Artefact, a framework enabling the circulation of questions and answers through a relational approach to artworks.