Joan Cabrer

  • Secuencia expansiva I, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 195 cm.

    Secuencia expansiva I, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 130 x 195 cm.

  • Secuencia expansiva II, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 114 x 146 cm.

    Secuencia expansiva II, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 114 x 146 cm.

  • Secuencia expansiva III, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 100 cm.

    Secuencia expansiva III, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 100 cm.

  • Secuencia expansiva 8, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 114 x 146 cm.

    Secuencia expansiva 8, 2021, acrylic on canvas, 114 x 146 cm.

  • exhibition view

    exhibition view

The title of this exhibition ‘Secuencia expansiva’ consciously or unconsciously points out to the term of the ‘expanded field’, a concept coined by American critic Rosalind Krauss in the 70s that referred to the theoretical and practical collapse of painting and sculpture. More specifically, this notion refers to the end of the medium specificity formerly associated with traditional mediums and their progressive erosion in favour of a series of artistic practices that championed hybridisation and the convergence of disciplines. Applied to painting, it could be argued that since the last quarter of the 20th century painting has proved to have an extraordinarily capacity of adaptation that ultimately secured its own survival. Its surprising resilience and porosity has allowed painting to incorporate new processes, materials and forms of productions as well as many other discourses and theories traditionally external to the medium. It is here where conceptually and plastically the work of Joan Cabrer (Palma, 1983) converges with the heterogeneity that characterises the current contemporary painting production. Departing from consolidated technical and formal pictorial resources, Cabrer develops an artistic practice that incorporates visual and theoretical elements that point to the digital realm. The synthetic, the plasticity and the colour saturation the artist makes use of as well as his reference to the computer glitch take us instantaneously to the aesthetics associated with the digital universe. Here we see how through abstraction Joan Cabrer negotiates artistically the accelerated convergence between reality and the virtual world. In this sense, it is no coincidence that Joan Cabrer is also interested in the public space and that through his murals can take this hybridisation further to the concrete real world of architecture and urbanism. Although his chromatic palette irremediably takes us to the domain of the advanced technology, it is also true that the fluidity that comes from his brushstrokes points to a connivence with the organic world. There is more, the ethereal and the inmaterial qualities embebed in his work clashes with the materiality of painting itself that, with its own textures and imperfections, grounds the viewer in the physicality of the present. In this way Joan Cabrer’s work gravites between opposed notions by which precisely makes us reflect on the ever complex reality that we are living in where the distinction between the real and the digital is being eroded. On a formal level we see how his works follow a constant that is simultaneously opened to infinite formulations; that is, on the one hand the backgrounds that equip the work with structure and depth, and on the other, his free and vital brushstrokes give way to a great deal of dynamism. Furthermore, the use of flat and geometric motifs, very recurrent in past series, coexist and enrich this plastic universe full of possibilities and in continuous expansion.

Joan Cabrer, Palma 1983

Individual exhibitions:

‘Secuencia expansiva’, Galeria Maior, Pollença, Mallorca

“Fluido Sintético” Museo de Porreres. Mallorca

“Pantalla completa” Igallery, Palma.

“Multiverso” AlejandroGallery. Barcelona.

“Materia sensible” CCA. Andratx

“Reverberación”. Galería Ferran Cano. Palma.

“El estallido silencioso”. Galería Ferran Cano. Barcelona-

“Naturaleza Urbana”. Galería Maneu, Palma.

Group exhibitions:

Certamen de Artes plásticas ciudad de Felanitx. Casa de cultura. Mallorca. Certamen de Pintura Sant Marçal. Marratxí.

12+1. Muestra de Arte Urbano Contemporáneo. Tecla Sala. Barcelona. Panorama #03. Galería Fran Reus. Palma
V Mostra d’Art Emergent Sabadell 2019. Académia de Belles Arts. Barcelona Alart. Alaró. Mallorca.

Muestra de Arte joven en la Rioja. XXXIV edición. Logroño.
XX Bienal Internacional de Arte de Cerveira. 40 años. Portugal. Certamen de Pintura Sant Marçal. Marratxí.

BIAC, Cerveira. Portugal.
Biennal de arte joven. Academia de Bellas artes. Sabadell. “Reunió I. Pretext: Pintura. Museu i fons artístic de Porreres.

“Gramáticas complementarias” Galeria Trama. Barcelona.
“Burbujas de ocio” Espronceda center for Art and Culture. Barcelona. “Certamen de Artes Plásticas de Binissalem” Binissalem.

“Conexión Insular” Casa de Teatro. Santo Domingo. RD.
Premio de Pintura Internacional Guasch Coranty, Tecla Sala. L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. “Que dius”. CICUS. Sevilla.
“25 al quadrat” Piramidón CAC. Barcelona.

“Confluències” Galeria Trama. Barcelona.
Més enllà de la Massana - Javier Puértolas i la seva influència. Jim Contemporani. Barcelona
Art Copenhagen, international Art Fair. (Alejandrogallery) Copenhagen
SWAB (Galeria Trama) Barcelona

Biennal d'Art jove. Academia de Bellas artes. Sabadell

“De la Oscuridad viene la Luz. Ciencia y realidad: aproximaciones artísticas” Centro cultural Galileo. Madrid.
"Wunderkammer!" La Bañera Gallery. Madrid
"14è concurso de pintura joven" Itinerante: galería Anquin's [ARTLOFT], Reus y Aula de Cultura Caixa Penedès de Vilafranca, Palacio Moja, Barcelona

Premio Bancaja de Pintura, Escultura y Arte Digital, IVAM. Valencia Premios Ciudad de Palma “Antonio Gelabert” Casal Solleric. Palma

“Art emergent a les Illes Balears IV”, Itinerante por Islas Baleares i Península Ibérica Art BCN: Jóvenes propuestas I, Berger Gallery, Barcelona
“Se busca comisario”, MACBA, Barcelona
“Notebook”, Sala kkkb, Barcelona
TOP 10, Hangar, Barcelona
Bienal de Arte Tapiró. Museo de Arte Moderno de Tarragona, Tarragona Premio Ciudad de Manacor, Torre de Ses Puntes, Manacor

Art<30, Sala Parés, Barcelona
Art<30, U.C.M, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Madrid
Autocugat. San Cugat del Vallés, Barcelona

Ciutat de Palma “Antonio Gelabert” Casal Solleric. Palma