BilbaoArte inaugurates its first individual exhibition at URIBITARTE40 with the work of the artist Jorge Isla

  • Conceived specifically for the room, the exhibition is articulated around a large installation and a group of six works.

  • With the exhibition, an artist’s book titled “Catalogue Non-Raisonné” is published, which constitutes a seventh piece that delves into and addresses the central theme of the project.

  • During the course of the exhibition, there will be a meeting of artists, a screening of a film and several guided tours.

Javier Riaño (Director of BilbaoArte), Helena López (Head of the Uribitarte40 Hall), Gonzalo Olabarria (Councilor of Culture and Governance) and Jorge Isla (artist)

(Bilbao, February 9, 2024).- The artistic production center of the Bilbao City Council has presented a new exhibition today in the URIBITARTE40 Hall. The author, one of the center’s grant recipients, Jorge Isla, “Material Control, Intangible Control” is the first individual exhibition of the year and of the Hall itself. It presents the latest project produced by the artist, which reflects on issues such as the parameters through which the work of artists is recognized and rewarded, the price and value of the work of art; concepts such as the idea of presentation and representation or binomials such as public-private, visible and invisible, copy and original.

Jorge Isla’s art examines the economic, social and political mechanisms of contemporary society by subverting their status by means of dichotomies such as reality & fiction, cause & effect, and presence & absence.

It represents a set of ideas based on the concepts of borders, reinterpretation and resignification as the conceptual object from research using mixed mediums – writing, creation images, video and installation – according to the nature of each project.

If painting cultivated the photograph emancipated from being a document for a long time, the latter is today tending to return to its original modest role: souvenir pictures, administrative documents, family albums, collections of gestures, police records, medical imagery, archives, etc. By questioning this economy of images, artists make photographs speak a language of intimate and discrete experiences, as close as possible to real life situations.

The relationship with writing thus occurs in forms that the literature has termed as documentary and which, however, contain stories, imaginations or dreams, most of which are broken or disappeared. A poetics of the document emerges in the coming together of photography, text and archive. Yet at the same time, it extends beyond its own identity.

Material Control, Intangible Control is an exhibition specifically designed for the room, which is structured around a large installation and a set of seven works that revolve around this discursive core.

The main installation, Untitled (2023), proposes an inventory, in the form of a catalogue, where cards illustrated with photographs create a display of different works of art that—due to different conservation criteria—have been lost, leaving each reader to speculate about the estimated overall monetary value.

The show uses this deviation process to question our relationship with photography and its documentary status, playing with its more traditional uses: photography produced as evidence is likened here to its function of reproducing a work of art. This reappropriation phenomenon is extended to exploring the formal qualities of certain images that are exhibited on the cards, where, the transformation process of the works of art stolen in apparently flat and low resolution reproductions, without any type of significant criterion as regards the reproduction of a work of art, reveals a dematerialisation of them that are, now, merely a collection of pixels.

THREE ARTISTS SELECTED

The project is part of the programme at the new URIBITATARTE40 Hall for the first half 2024; BilbaoArte has selected, through a professional jury, three artists from all the residents in the previous year to produce a solo show, a programme of events for the general public, and a monograph publication that contributes to the showcasing, dissemination and promotion of the selected artists.

A professional jury made up of the artists Zuhar Iruretagoiena (Zarautz,1981), Fermín Moreno (Bilbao, 1970) and Ixone Sádaba (Bilbao, 1977) have selected the artists Jorge Isla (Huesca, 1992), Marta van Tartwijk (Barcelona, 1990) and Irantzu Yaldebere (Bilbao, 1994) for this first half of 2024.

MONOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST

BilbaoArte has published a monograph to coincide with the exhibition. Entitled Catalogue Non-Raisonné, the publication has been approached as a further work of the project and a subversion of the usual format of the work of art taken to the book format.

This monograph, edited by Jorge Isla and designed by his fellow artist Iván Gómez, delves into and addresses the very approaches exhibited and questions in the central installation and exhibition format of the project: appropriation, the use of poor materials or the questioning of conventions, in this case, associated to the editorial format and the artist’s books.

ON JORGE ISLA

Huesca, 1992
Lives and works in Bilbao
Artist in residence at BilbaoArte in 2023 as the holder of an Artistic Creation with Use of Studio Grant.
Jorge graduated in audiovisual communication from San Jorge University, has a Master’s Degree in Artistic Production from the Polytechnic University of Valencia, and a Master’s Degree in Authored Photography Projects from the Escuela Lens in Madrid.

His art examines the economic, social and political mechanisms of contemporary society by subverting their status by means of dichotomies such as reality & fiction, cause & effect, and presence & absence. It represents a set of ideas based on the concepts of borders, reinterpretation and resignification as the conceptual object from research using mixed mediums – writing, creation images, video and installation – according to the nature of each project.
He has been awarded the VEGAP 2015 grant, residency at College d’Espagne à Paris thanks to MECD (2018), residency grant at Bilbaoarte Foundation, the Ankaria Foundation’s Javier Rosón Prize to the best young artist’s book, 1st Prize at the La Rioja Youth Art Exhibition, the work acquisition prize at the Sala Brocense, residencia La Térmica (Malaga, 2020), MECD grant for artistic research, creation and production, the Joaquina Zamora de Aragón work acquisition prize, the Miguel Hernandez Unviersity work acquisition prize, the Bilbaoarte Foundation Production Grant (2021), the Tabakalera Inmaterial Prize, Las Cigarreras Scroll Prize, the Ramón Acín Grant from Huesca Provincial Council (2022), the INJUVE production grants, the IX Mardel Acquisition Prize, the Loyola University Acquisition Prize, and the Guggenheim Museum’s Basque Artist Program (Bilbao, 2023).

He has held solo shows at Da2 Artium (Salamanca, 2023), Las Cigarreras (2022), Arte Santander (2022), SC Gallery (Bilbao, 2022), at the Antonia Puyó Gallery (Zaragoza, 2021 and 2017), Rambleta (Valencia, 2020), Galeria Presente (Porto, 2020), Natural History Museum of Valencia (2018), Photoespaña (2017), at Kir Royal Gallery (2017), at the XV Cordoba Photography Biennial (Córdoba, 2017), and CentroCentro Cibeles (Lanzadera, Cur. Iñaki Domingo, Madrid, 2016), as well as in different national and international group shows and fairs.

www.jorgeisla.com

PROGRAMMES FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC

OPENING PROGRAMME

Opening
Date: Friday 9 February
Time: 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Programme
7.00 p.m. Rooms opens and public presentation

Guided visit with the artist

Date: Saturday 10 February
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Length: 40 min.

FILM SCREENING

The Price of Everything (2018), by Nathaliel Kahn

Director: Nathaniel Kahn
Cast: Jeff Koons, Larry Poons, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Marilyn Minter
Dates: Thursday 15 February
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Length: 1 hour and 35 minutes
Language: VOS (Original version subtitled in Spanish)

Entrance free of charge subject to available seating.

GUIDED VISITS
Guided visits for the general public in Spanish and Basque, accessible for the hearing impaired. Guided visit simultaneously in Spanish sign language and spoken.

Dates: Wednesday 14 February (Spanish), 21 February (Basque)
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Length: 45 min.

Entrance free of charge subject to available seating.

ARTIST MEET-UP

A round table at a square table
Participants: Victoria Ascaso, Adrian Castañeda, Jorge Isla, MawaTres
Dates: Thursday 295 February
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Length: 1 hour

Entrance free of charge subject to available seating.