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The Kiln Rooms

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“We find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows,

the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates.”

 

Jun'ichirō Tanizaki - In praise of shadows

 

I ́m a ceramicist and visual artist from Mallorca, Spain. I was trained in Fine Arts and printmaking in Madrid and completed a diploma in artistic ceramics in 2006 in Mallorca, with a graduation project entitled “ The Painted Vessel” inspired by Ken Eastman during ceramic studies at the Glasgow School of Art. I ́ve exhibited my ceramics, sculptures, drawings and illustrations in galleries in Spain and collaborated with other artists as a musician and ceramicist. I presented in 2020 my first solo exhibition in London at the Zetter Hotel Clerkenwell and worked in commissions as a ceramicist and illustrator. I ́m currently developing my practice and teaching ceramics at The Kiln Rooms, London.

My practice focuses in thrown and altered sculptural ceramics with hand built elements. Im interested in multilayered projects that combine different materials and techniques to convey an imaginary narrative of the human condition, exploring fictional mutations around identity and biology also incorporating concepts from cosmology and Deep Time. In my 2020 solo exhibition Pangaea I explored narratives between ceramics with large-scale ink drawings. My methodology follows intuitive processes to create semi abstract expressive sculptures and drawings often mysterious and symbolic. I aim to explore the interior space of the vessel as a reference to prehistoric caves and a representation of an enclosed metaphysical and telluric space conveying spirituality, eternity and meditation, also evoking geological strata, ritual objects and the evolution of living forms.

 

ABOUT ME

 

EDUCATION

2006        Part-time Ceramics Degree ( First semester ) Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, UK

2002-06  Artistic Ceramics Diploma ESD Design College, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
1992-98  BA Printmaking speciality, Faculty of Fine Arts, UCM Madrid, Spain

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2020 “PANGAEA” The Zetter Hotel Clerkenwell, London,UK
2009 “ANOPHELES” Maneu Art Gallery , Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2002 “ETCHING & COMICS” Postalbit, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021 "The sad eyed chameleon, volcano grey"  Staffordshire studios gallery, Peckham

2020 “WINTER EXHIBITION “ Thrown Contemporary Gallery, London, UK

2020 “COMIC NOSTRUM 2020” Casal Solleric Palma de Mallorca. Can Gelabert,

           Binissalem, Mallorca,Spain
2019  “CHRISTMAS SHOW” The Kiln Rooms, London, UK

2019 “SHOWROOM-NEW WORK” Assembly Point Gallery Space, Peckham, UK

2019 “COMIC NOSTRUM 2019” Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2019 “St.MICHAELS ART FESTIVAL” Stockwell, London UK
2019 “SUMMER SHOW” Ceramics exhibition, The kiln Rooms, London, UK

2018  “SURFACE” Ceramics exhibition. The Kiln Rooms Clay Store, London,UK

2018  “SUMMER SHOW” Ceramics exhibition. The Kiln Rooms London,UK

2018 “LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMICS ART FESTIVAL”. Kendal ,UK

2018  “COMIC NOSTRUM 2018”. Palma de Mallorca ,Spain

2018  “CHRISTMAS SHOW” Ceramics, The Kiln Rooms London,UK

2018  “SA GALERA”. Casal Balaguer, Mallorca, Spain.

2017   “ILLUSTRATOR ́S SUMMER FAIR” House of Illustration London, UK

2016    Residency at Islington Mill, Manchester

2015   “THE HOSPITAL CLUB” Music for videoarts Anemoi, Pectinidae.London,UK

2014   “SPAIN NOW FESTIVAL:ANEMOI”. Composing and performing live music for performance. London, UK

2012   “OBJECTS & GRAPHICS” Palmyra Sculpture Centre, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

            “TOTS A TAULA” CUBIC ART Gallery- Palma de Mallorca, Spain

            “CENTENARI MIQUEL OLIVER” Composing and performing music for performance.

              Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2011  “PECTINIDAE”. Music and sound effects for videoart

2010   “ALART Festival 2010” Alaró, Mallorca, Spain

2010  “TO VIBRATE” Performance with Mercedes Boronat. Es Baluard Museum Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2009 “ XIX DRAWING CONTEST GREGORIO PRIETO” Gregorio Prieto Foundation Museum Valdepeñas,

            Sala La lonja, Madrid.

2009“ NEW PRESENCES 09 “ sculpture, drawing & ceramics exhibition. Espai Mallorca, Barcelona.

                  Misericordia Chapel and Museum for Contemporary Art Can Planes, Mallorca,Spain.

2008 “ARTISTS AT CA ́N DANÚS” Drawing exhibition. Can Danus Art Centre, Palma de Mallorca, Spain

2007 “PAPER, CANE AND CLAY” Ceramics exhibition. Sa Taronja Cultural Centre, Mallorca, Spain

2005 “RACONTE-ARTS” FESTIVAL. LACD Tizi Ouzou. Ath Yanni,Argelia.
2002 “ART JOVE 2002” Comic contest. Best Drawing award.

           Casal Balaguer, Andratx Council, Sa Punta des Molí Cultural Centre Ibiza, Spain

PUBLICATIONS

2020  " EMERGING POTTERS" magazine No18 & 19

2018   “JOURNEY 1” Fanzine . “ACALLAR “ Fanzine

2017   “JOURNEY 0” and “CAVES” Fanzines
2015     “I.E.“ Fanzine

2009  “ANOPHELES” Exhibition catalogue ,

2009 “XIX DRAWING CONTEST GREGORIO PRIETO” Catalogue , “NOVES PRESENCIES” Catalogue

WORK IN COLLECTIONS AND COMMISSIONS

2021 THE KILN ROOMS. Mural artwork. Copeland Park, Peckham.

2018  HARBOUR CYCLES. Mural artwork. Loughborough Junction, London, UK

2017  H & C DAVID Ceramics for private collection, London, UK

2016 BRIXTON EAST 1871. Illustrations. London, UK

2012 PALMYRA SCULPTURE CENTRE. Ceramics. Palma de Mallorca , Spain

2009 CONSELL DE MALLORCA, Noves Presències. Sculpture. Mallorca, Spain

AWARDS

2020/21 LONDON CREATIVE NETWORK  Professional development programme, London UK

2009     “ NEW PRESENCES“ Cultural programme. Mallorca, Spain.
2009     “ XIX DRAWING CONTEST GREGORIO PRIETO” Shortlisted.

2002      “ART JOVE 2002”. Winner best drawing.

ART EDUCATION FOR ADULTS

2018- 21   CERAMICS TUTOR The Kiln Rooms, Peckham- London

2017- 20   ARTIST FACILITATOR Renal Dialysis and Neuro Rehabilitation patients

                  St George ́s Hospital Tooting, London

2017- 2019 ART TUTOR Watercolour, Drawing & painting. Malden Centre, New Malden, London