AULA ABERTA. MATERIAIS.CREATION WORKSHOP USING FOUND OBJECTS
17 April, from 10.30 a.m. to 13.30 p.m.
The artist Ignacio Pérez-Jofre proposes a creative experience based on objects found in the public space with one premise: to create artwork using only objects found in the public space. Therefore, it is not permitted to use materials purchased or provided prior to the start of the workshop, or auxiliary materials or tools, beyond what is found on the streets.
The resulting work may be an object—sculpture, installation, painting, drawing—or it may be conceived as an action or experience. Photographic, audio-visual or sound documentation cannot be submitted. The work must be experienced directly.
With this work, Ignacio Pérez-Jofre aims to awaken in the participants an interest in the meaning of the insignificant, to develop attention towards those elements that consumer society discards: waste, leftovers... To provoke a reflection on the previous life of objects, on their changes in function, appearance and material configuration.
It is also an invitation to think of public space as a place to encounter, as a site from which to extract the contents of the work. It explores the possibility of creating artwork with zero production costs; the value of the work is only given by the artist's labour, including working time and quality of configuration.
But perhaps the most relevant aspect of the project is its ecological dimension. The need to reuse waste, the reduction of the environmental impact of human activity is implicit in the decision not to use any material that has not been used previously. The incorporation of the everyday object into artwork, which in the past has been linked to a critique of representation—largely replaced by the notion of ‘presentation’—is more closely linked, in the current context of maximum concern for the ecosystem, to the idea of recycling and sustainability.
Ignacio Pérez-Jofre (Madrid, 1965)
Graduate and doctor of Fine Arts. He is head lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Pontevedra. He has had solo exhibitions at the Fundación Laxeiro, the CAI hall, the MUA (Museum of the University of Alicante), Knights Park Gallery (Kingston University, London) and at La Gran (Madrid, Valladolid), Trinta (Santiago) and Estampa (Madrid) galleries. He has also participated in several group exhibitions and curated projects in spaces such as Lab Gallery (Krakow), the Fundación Barrié in Vigo and MARCO in Vigo, among others. He gave creative workshops at the Akademia Sztuk im. Pieknych Jana Matejki, in Krakow, at the EACC in Castellón and at the CGAC.
He is author of the books Huellas y sombras (Ediciós do Castro, 2001) and Escombro (La Gran / Nocapaper, 2016) and editorial coordinator of Esto lo hace cualquiera (Pontevedra Provincial Council, Spain, 2004).
The workshop is aimed at art students and artists.
The registration period will be open until 12 April 2021.
Those interested can send a brief dossier of their work and an email to email@example.com. Stating the following: full name, ID number, qualifications, area of work or interest, email address and a contact phone number.
The selection of participants will be based on the dossier of work.
The CGAC will issue a certificate to all those who attend at least 75% of the sessions.