monoperro

Artist selected by Duero, Javier at 2010
More artist content updated at 2016


My artistic drive stems very organically from my life. My art work comes about naturally as a way of producing reality. I called this awareness of things that also implies a certain determination Urban Animism. My work is highly polarised, since I like to play with the sacred, the mundane, a sense of humour to create a system of symbols and mythology for the world, which I also try to demystify. I’m interested in the anthropological and wild dimension, as well as magical and religious beliefs that survive in urban environments.

Questions

1. What made you choose art as a profession?
I don’t think it was a choice I made. Circumstances have dictated that my work happens to be recognised within the field of art. I think that’s happened because this field has evolved in such a fashion that it now encompasses areas that didn’t use to be considered as art.

 

2. How would you define your work?
I call everything I do in my life Urban Animism, because I think it’s impossible to define my work separately from the rest of my life. From my point of view, my work is a projection of my own development, which takes place on several, or infinite, levels.

 

3. What subjects are you interested in?
Small things, things around me, the spirit world, hidden realities, coincidences, cities, and the contact between these small things and the cosmos and other worlds. I’m interested in the small and the large.

 

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work?
I use what each piece calls for. My work is based on learning from the invisibility of different realities, what underlies everyday life. As I connect with a specific reality, such as the spirit world, or revealing talents or magical re-dimensioning or the living dead, I project it in my work almost inadvertently. My work ranges from small drawings to a piece like Metem, where we’re going to prepare ourselves spiritually and materially to find out the date of our own death and document it.

 

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials?
My reality, or my realities, or the realities there are, are my raw materials. From both a material and conceptual point of view, because the ideas for projects come from things that occur to me and because many of the materials I use are things I have around me or which appear, such as Magic Objects, which are things I find, or the Egos, which are made out of used pieces of paper, or the dust and fluff in my house that I use to make the thanks for your visit poems.

 

6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
I think art is a vibration – a supernatural, cosmic, wild vibration, if I have to define it in words. This vibration is both therapeutic and pathological, since it can turn the worldly into the celestial, and vice versa. That’s what I think art is for.

 

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at?
I don’t expect anything specific and don’t aim my work at anyone in particular. I see my pieces as independent people who are free to form relationships with other people. Whatever happens from that is beyond my influence and judgement.

 

8. What qualifications have you got?
What do you value most from your time in education?
I see myself as self-taught. Unconsciously, I’ve always spurned education as experience and now I’ve made something conscious out of this. Against experience I set being totally present and doing things.

 

9. How would you define your current professional situation?
And in the future?

I’d define how I live and my future as cosmic.

 

10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work?
Money is another vibration that moves with my work, and just as with all other vibrations, it influences you to the extent you let it influence you or play at letting yourself be influenced by it.

 

11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships?
I’ve always had good professional relationships in this sense and simply hope to be able to do good work together.

 

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses?
I think there are many arts scenes in Madrid and in general I think they’re fairly accessible. I don’t know whether that’s positive or negative.

Interview

http://archivodecreadores.es/file/3/3815/3815.flv

Curriculum vitae

monoperro
Madrid, 1973.
Vive y trabaja en/Lives and works in: Madrid.

 

Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
2011
El juego de los cuatro colores, anak&monoperro, Galería Mad is Mad, Madrid.

 

2010
La casa de la fiera, Galería Mad is Mad, Madrid.

 

Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
2011
Escala 1:1, anak&monoperro, Matadero Madrid.
Stone&Water, anak&monoperro, Anyang, Gyeonggi-do, Corea.
Los que quedan, anak&monoperro, Galería José Robles, Madrid.
This One, exposición/exhibition El arte sobre la mesa, anak&monoperro, Instituto Cervantes, London.

 

2010
{Libro}, anak&monoperro, Galería Mad is Mad, Madrid.
Time Capsules (Spain Now), Gallery Soho, London.
Tesoro de los miedos, Tesoros urbanos, anak&monoperro, exposición/exhibition Time Capsule, festival Spain Now, London.

 

2007
Mind The Sky, The Sound of Failure, Sydney.

 

Performances
2011
Seoksu Shilong, Anyang, Corea.

 

2009
100 cosas que hacer esta noche mejor que ver esta actuación, LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón.

 

2008
Concierto y subasta, In_Sonora, Istituto Europeo di Design, IED, Madrid.
100 cosas que hacer la noche en blanco mejor que ver la noche en blanco, La Noche en Blanco, Galería Espacio Menosuno (Madrid), Madrid.
Persona, Galería Centro de Arte Moderno, Madrid.
Mujer, La Noche de Los Teatros, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.

 

2007
Death Sounds, In-Sonora, Off Limits, Madrid.
1, 2, 3, 4 partes, Festival Creatures, Hertogenbosch, Nederland.
AA, Centro de Arte Moderno, Madrid.
Hilo, Galería El mono de la tinta, madrid
Acción-Improvisación-Música, Canal de Isabel II, ARCO, Madrid
Oráculo, Colegio de Médicos de Madrid.

 

Programas de Vídeo/Film Festival and Screenings
2008
Tránsito 807, The Sound of Failure, Sydney.

 

2007
Cuentos, 2007 Poetas por km2, Madrid.

 

Proyectos Escénicos/Works for Theater
2011
La ciencia del Pop, en colaboración con/in collaboration with Horischnik, Raposo. In_Sonora, Día de la Música, Madrid.

 

2010
La ciencia del Pop, Centro Cultural Valdebernardo, Madrid; Centro Cultural Galileo, Madrid.

 

2009
La más grande novela ilustrada, Festival eñe, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid.
JAZZZ, Party Line!, Espadaysantacruz Studio, Madrid.

 

Proyectos de Radio/Broadcasted Projects
2007
MAP, en colaboración con/in collaboration with Carlos Hurtado Pastor, Radio Clásica, Radio nacional de España, festival Art Birthday, Madrid

2005
Lejos de cerca, Radio Clásica, Radio Nacional de España, Madrid
El tiempo/La memoria, Radio Clásica, Radio Nacional de España, Madrid.

 

Otros Proyectos/Other Projects
2011
Se venden poderes, Instransit, Madrid; Galería José Robles, Madrid; SAP2011, Stone&Water, Corea; Yokohama Triennale, Rygu Bijyutu Ryokan, Japan; Espacio Anfibio, Málaga.
Se contestan preguntas, Librería Fuentetaja, Madrid.

2010
Se venden poderes, Bar La Realidad, Madrid; Los Artistas del Barrio, Madrid; Souk Theatre Festival, London.

 

Actividades Académicas Relacionadas/Academic Related Activities
2011
El poder de los objetos que nos reodean, SAP2011, Stone&Water, Corea; Matadero Madrid. (Taller/Workshop)

 

Becas y Premios/Awards and Grants
2011
Festival Internacional de Cine de Alcalá de Henares, Premio Caja Madrid a la mejor música de la película Muy de cerca. (Premio/Award)
Ministerio de Cultura, proyecto Urban Treasures.
Ayuda a la movilidad para la residencia Stone&Water, Corea, Acción Cultural Española.

 

Bibliografía/Bibliography
VV.AA. "Ancient Memories", Stone&Water, SAP2011, Anyang, Corea, 2011.
Muñoz-Alonso, Lorena, "Time Capsules: The poetics and politics of memory in four art installations", London, Spain Now!, 2010, Cat. Exp.
Marcos, Luján; Vidal, Roberto, "{libro}", Madrid, n. Zines, Galería Mad is Mad, 2010, Cat. Exp.
Camacho, Maite; Gutiérrez, Mario, "In-Sonora 2008", Madrid, In-Sonora, Galería Espacio Menosuno, 2008, Cat. Exp.

 

Contacto/Contact
(+34) 629047853
adios@monoperro.com
www.monoperro.com

Movies

Wishes burned in the night of Saint John

http://archivodecreadores.es/file/4/4823/4823.flv

This one

http://archivodecreadores.es/file/4/4824/4824.flv

Seoksu shilong

http://archivodecreadores.es/file/4/4825/4825.flv