Antoni Arola Exhibition
Museum of Modern Art of Tarragona
Deputation of Tarragona.
16.09 - 14.11.2021
Estudi Antoni Arola
Models developed with the Led Protopixel control system
The Museum of Modern Art of Tarragona exhibits Reflexions and, at the same time, work models of some of the lighting projects carried out in recent years.
"Antoni Arola's journeys and transitions are unsuspected. He seeks his roots tirelessly, he avoids mirages. He devours the hidden spaces of his memory, his cultural imagination, his vital baggage and his unrepentant transformations.
Today, his explorations come together in Tarragona, his hometown, or the origin of his journey. The Museum of Modern Art of Tarragona exhibits "Reflexions" and, at the same time, some models as the first sketches of each creation, which in this context acquire a spontaneous, natural artistic dimension.
The last introspections of his creative thinking led, three years ago, to a poetic approach to his current experimental position: "Reflexions". The reflections of the work narrate the meaning, the sensuality, the evanescence and lightness of the light. It is a mutant piece that adapts to each context with flexibility and fluency. Barcelona, Shanghai and Mexico have been its global destinations so far.
Antoni Arola’s indomitable pulse breaks down atmospheres. It composes a new sensitivity to the immaterial spirit of contemporary beauty, a light for the future. "
Researcher, teacher and curator of contemporary design
Reflexions takes as a starting point the reflection that light makes on polished surfaces, on mirrors.
It is a game, a relationship between the source of light and the projection of its own reflection. These reflexes are endowed with movement, with their own life and randomness, so that they have a cadence and a tempo that accompanies the spectator.
Reflections is an ongoing project. A constantly evolving concept that, depending on the context, the exhibition space and the emotion to be felt, comes to life in a certain way, adapting to different realities, environments and cultures.
This work has been exhibited:
-Festival Llum Barcelona. 15–17 February 2019. Barcelona
-Tulou International Contemporary Art Festival. 31 December 2019–7 January 2020. Tulou (China)
-MEXTROPOLI Architecture and City Festival. March – December 2020. Mexico City (Mexico)
-Collectible Fair. Ilacions Gallery. May – June 2021. Brussels.
-Museum of Modern Art of the Provincial Council. September 16 – November 14, 2021. Tarragona
Reflexions Blanco , Antoni Arola, 2019
Piece acquired by the National Art Collection of the Generalitat of Catalonia, 2021
Polystyrene mirror, LED spotlights, Speakers, motors, iron structure.
Collaboration with Lolo & Sosaku and Max Milá