acrylic on concrete / acrylique sur béton, 2017
Granollers, Spain / Espagne
Recurring principle in the productions of Velvet and Zoer is the artists'will to create according to the work environment and its social fabric through ideas, themes and elements linked in an indissoluble way to the same. As the authors themselves explain, this characteristic is an essential component for the realization of a painting that is not merely a simple embellishment, is the answer to an artistic action able to relate to its environment and context.
For the two, the wall art must have a clear connection with its time or with a specific meaning. "TOMO", the title of the work, is the result of this reflection and comes to life in the district of Can Bassa in Granollers - a very quiet neighborhood mostly Castilian or in any case inhabited by people from all over the country - during one of the most controversial of Spanish history. The population of Catalonia has recently expressed its desire for autonomy and, more generally, the possibility of reorganizing society around a strong regional and cultural defense.
The artists, being foreigners, have therefore observed and interpreted in their own way information and ideas related to the place through a personal point of view. Invited to take a look at the academic system, through a visit to the schools and through a
lesson to young art students, Velvet and Zoer during a dance lesson where the children were alliances, found dozens of chopsticks in a plastic basin blue. The second element enclosed in the work is instead the son of the visit to the Toni Cumella ceramics factory. Cumella ceramics are mainly designed for architecture, with several individual pieces that can form a whole, become a motif, a second skin for a concrete structure. Well known for having designed the ceiling of the Santa Caterina market in Barcelona, Cumella has also worked with Renzo Piano on the Botin Center, creating a sensational floating motif with thousands of ceramic discs that shape the façade and reflect light.
Text by Diego Fadda for Gorgo :