ARCO FERIA de MADRID

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View of the Feria Building from the Metro Station

Laura was kind enough to send me a pass to visit the Arco Feria de Madrid, an international exhibit of contemporary art. Many pieces were being sold from the different international galleries and since it was the first day open to the public, the exhibition was buzzing with activity. It was held in a large industrial building that holds many other such conferences (for instance when I first entered into the complex, one of the rooms was holding a college fair).

It was a rather large exhibition, where the pieces of art were arranged in mini gallieries rather than one large open space on museum walls. I believe this was the case because if I am correct everything was for sale and so the different galleries set up shop so to speak.  Instead of getting overwhelmed by all of the art, I took my time moving slowly through the different stalls. Here are a couple of photos of my favorite works:

Carlos Aires

Carlos Aires

Carlos Aires - There was no title but it is mounted cutouts using the different currencies of the world

Carlos Aires – There was no title but it is mounted cutouts using the different currencies of the world

Detail of Carlos Aires Money Cutouts

Detail of Carlos Aires Money Cutouts

Jacob Hashimoto - An Ambitious Program of Unbuilt and Unbuildable Towers

Jacob Hashimoto – An Ambitious Program of Unbuilt and Unbuildable Towers

Details of Jacob Hashimoto

Details of Jacob Hashimoto

View from on Top of the Staircase - A work from Holland

View from on Top of the Staircase – A work from Holland

Staircase leading to the top of the stalls allowing you to see out over the exhibition.

Staircase leading to the top of the stalls allowing you to see out over the exhibition.

Scouts book with a comb to keep the pages open to how to rescue someone

Scouts book with a comb to keep the pages open to how to rescue someone

Lourival Cuquinha - Inside the Revolution Flag 2012

Lourival Cuquinha – Inside the Revolution Flag 2012

I loved that the building did not loose its warehouse feeling as you can see the dumpsters in the corner next to one of the displays

I loved that the building did not loose its warehouse feeling as you can see the dumpsters in the corner next to one of the displays

The Butchery - Honor Frasher

The Butchery – Honor Frasher

Detail of the Butchery - Honor Fraser

Detail of the Butchery – Honor Fraser

Folkert de Jong

Folkert de Jong

Folkert de Jong

Folkert de Jong

No information given - victorian dress with books

No information given – victorian dress with books

Mariana Castillo Deball - Tudela en traje de Chinelo - this was an entire collection based off of the Code Tudela that depicts and describes the traditions, celebrations and rituals of pre-colombian Mexico. These are chinelo costumes based on the images found in the codex.

Mariana Castillo Deball – Tudela en traje de Chinelo – this was an entire collection based off of the Code Tudela that depicts and describes the traditions, celebrations and rituals of pre-colombian Mexico. These are chinelo costumes based on the images found in the codex.

Mariana Castillo Deball

Mariana Castillo Deball

Mariano Castillo Deball

Mariano Castillo Deball

No information given - faces cut out of the immigration papers to get into the United States

No information given – faces cut out of the immigration papers to get into the United States

No information given - one of the faces of the series

No information given – one of the faces of the series

Paola Brigada - En la riviera 2010

Paola Brigada – En la riviera 2010

Young girls interacting with one of the pieces

Young girls interacting with one of the pieces

As you can tell from my descriptions there was no underlying theme. Instead the different works stood for themselves and in many stalls gallery officiants helped to explain their meanings. That being said there were many works that solely gave the name of the artist or nothing at all. It was nice to have the art released from all of its theory and recognition by name, where you could just enjoy something based purely on aesthetic values.

About halfway through I took a slight break and went to the VIP lounge (Thank you Laura for the special treat). The architecture of the lounge was done by Q:NO and I was a huge fan of the mixture of hard metals and leather. Here is a glimpse of the lounge:

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(There were also free drinks for members!!!)

Thank you Laura for a fun trip today!

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