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Gallery Jacqueline Martins, São Paulo, Brazil
November 6, 2014 – January 24, 2015
With Mario Ramiro, Bruno Palazzo, Raquel Stolf, Marisa Pons, Kina Marull, Loreto Martínez Troncoso, Fina Miralles, Stuart Brisley, and Milan Grygar
Galeria Jaqueline Martins proudly presents the group show abrakadabra, with works that deal with the magical dimension of sound. The exhibition, curated by Claudia Rodriguez Ponga, includes work by the Brazilian artists Mario Ramiro, Bruno Palazzo and Raquel Stolf, as well as work by, the Spanish artists Marisa Pons, Kina Marull and Loreto Martínez Troncoso, the Catalan Fina Miralles, the English Stuart Brisley and the artist Czech Milan Grygar. Opening on November 6, 2014, at 6pm, the show runs to January 24, 2015.
Stemming from the ancient Babylonian word abracadabra, used in magic shows to this day, the exhibition proposes to question the relationship between sound and magic, from siren songs to radiophonic waves. Sound travels in air, and is identified with this element and its immaterial, spiritual, quality. In turn, air is related to the other-worldly communication through mythology and other narrative forms. “Sound”, writes David Toop, “is a haunting, a ghost, a presence whose location in space is ambiguous and whose existence in time is transitory (…) In such contexts, sound often functions as a metaphor for mystical revelation, instability (…) formlessness, the supernatural (…) the unknown, unconscious and extra-human.”1
The show presents artists whose artistic production is linked to sound as a haunting, supernatural manifestation, or else as a non- conventional form of language. abrakadabra does not seek to approach sound art in a general sense, although representative historical figures of this artistic expression are included here, such as the precursor of performative audio drawings in the 1960s and 1970s Milan Grygar, the renowned performer Stuart Brisley and the conceptual artist Fina Mirallis.
Mario Ramiro and Raquel Stolf, whose artistic production is largely related to audio research, could be cited as specialists in the relationship between sound and phantasmagoria. Other younger artists in the exhibition delve into the theme with research dealing exclusively with sound, such as Bruno Palazzo and the “whistlette” Marisa Pons. The exhibition also presents work by Kina Marull, whose artistic practice stems from filmmaking, and Loreto Martínez Troncoso, best known for her spoken performances.
Image credits: Eduardo Ortega