Miguel Ángel Madrigal
Los espacios de Barcelona
Miguel Ángel Madrigal opens the season at Lab 36 with his new series of sculptures. The Mexican artist focuses his research on architectural observation and exploration. Thanks to an insightful analysis, Madrigal materializes his gaze, built from a sensorial perception of spaces, in three-dimensional works. Through an elegant sculptural language, the artist explores the multiple possibilities of dialogue between volumes and forms – sources of inspiration for him – to reflect on the relationship between bodies and environments.
In Madrigal’s works, the body does not only occupy a physical space, but is constructed in relation to the environment in which it is inserted. His installations and works reflect on our relationship with the urban environment, a space that is unnoticed in our daily lives, and with which we do not develop a sensitive experience that transcends the passing moment. It is the «non-place» of everyday life.
For this exhibition, the Mexican artist was inspired by the most representative buildings of Barcelona. The project was born from the need to walk through the city and abstract the sensations and emotions generated by walking the streets. In the artist’s own words, «the gaze is filled with intimate spaces that we want to appropriate at every second and with every step».
The three-dimensional pieces reproduce, through a set of stairs, columns and slopes, the characteristics of these places. Madrigal plays with architectural trompe l’oeil to build illusory spaces that emerge from the dialogue between light and form. In front of his works, we become the protagonists, invited to enter them to walk through their labyrinths and get to know them intimately, to inhabit them.
The works of Miguel Ángel Madrigal materialize the sensitive memory of the city and invite us to inhabit these new worlds created by the artist.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
MIGUEL ÁNGEL MADRIGAL
Master in plastic arts Madrigal explores diverse ways of manipulating objects and materials. He has challenged gravity – not only the physical but also the visual balance as well as the conventionality of the artistic supports. He works with shapes and objects that we can recognize in our daily life, but when we relate them with others arbitrarily, they resignify and radically change our perception of them.
Among his awards are highlighted, belonging to the National System of Creators of Mexico 2015-2018 and 2011-2014, Residency at the Banff Center, FONCA, Alberta Canada, Residency at the Basilisk Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Residency at the Bilbao Art Center, Bilbao Spain, Fellow of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) 2004 2005, Honorable Mention Second National Biennial of Visual Arts of Yucatan, Acquisition Award 3 era. Puebla De Los Angeles Biennial Among the most outstanding collections are. Jumex Collection, Hakim, Gelman, Enrique Guerrero, Bilbao Art Foundation, The RISD Museum (of Rhode Island), Museo de la Cancillería, Universidad Iberoamericana de Puebla, Museo Carrillo Gil, La tallera Siqueiros, Hendrix, Instituto de Cultura de Morelos, among others.