Tuesday, 10 April 2018

SUMMER COURSES I: Instalación artística y nuevos formatos expositivos by Irma Marco

Un curso para la comprensión y práctica de la instalación como recurso artístico. Los asistentes aprenderán algunas técnicas que permitan contextualizar y situar el trabajo artístico o aplicarlo en el espacio expositivo.
La instalación, como género artístico, tiene su origen en las vanguardias; así como, también unas características definidas que han permitido su desarrollo durante la segunda mitad del siglo XX y a posteriori. El ready-made de Duchamp, obras de polifacéticos artistas como Joseph Beuys o Nam June Paik, pueden citarse como referentes históricos de la instalación. Pero, más allá de su realidad como género artístico, en este curso enfocaremos la instalación como una herramienta de aprendizaje, mediante la cual, los asistentes serán capaces de repensar su trabajo artístico; dándole un nuevo formato y enriqueciéndolo.

-Comprender los conceptos básicos relacionados con la práctica y la planificación de la instalación en el mundo del arte.
-Ser capaz de dirigir las inquietudes y potencialidades propias hacia nuevas metas y perspectivas.
-Aprender a realizar un buen uso de los materiales con la finalidad de situar de manera óptima la obra en un contexto expositivo, teniendo en cuenta tanto factores materiales como espaciales, temporales o económicos.
-Comprender los aspectos propios de la obra, para a partir de la reflexión sobre el concepto, la ubicación, la disposición o el material de la misma, poder reformular la manera de mostrarla, haciéndola más atractiva o más visible en el espacio.
-Plantear nuevas posibilidades de desarrollar la obra en espacios dimensionales nuevos (dos o tres dimensiones, proyecciones, etc...).

La metodología empleada será un compuesto de clase teórica, en la que nos centraremos en la exposición y debate de conceptos básicos, herramientas, técnicas y materiales, y de clase práctica, en la que se aplicará lo aprendido en el módulo teórico, orientado principalmente a la realización del trabajo de final de curso. El curso finalizará con el montaje de una exposición a partir de todos los proyectos desarrollados por cada alumno durante las sesiones de lectivas.

¿Quién es la profesora?
Irma Marco (Valencia, 1981) es licenciada en Bellas Artes, y máster de producción artística en la especialidad de Pensamiento Contemporáneo y Cultura Visual. Actualmente es artista en residencia en Fabra i Coats - Fábrica de Creación (Barcelona). 
Ha expuesto y participado en SonarPrimavera ProHybrid Matter en Arts Santa Mònica (Barcelona), La Plaza en Primavera de Matadero, Picnic Sessions en CA2M, Fundación telefónica (Madrid), Autoedit II en Centro Huarte (Navarra), Cartografías de la Creatividad en el Museo del Carmen (Valencia), con itinerancia por varios países de América Latina y en 1,2,3,... Grabando!,  entre otros. También ha coordinado debates y participado en conferencias y simposios.

A quién va dirigido: A artistas, profesores de arte, estudiantes que quieran explorar ideas para presentar su obra en el ámbito de la instalación. A cualquier persona que, sin tener un perfil artístico, quiera entrar en el mundo de la práctica creativa desde esta perspectiva.


Duración: 2 días / 14 horas. 

Fecha: 21 y 22 de Julio 2018.

Idioma: Español. (If you would like to attend, and language is an impediment for you, we could make a simultaneous translation)

Precio: 110 euros. (Solicita un certificado de mecenazgo a Calle Mayor 54 y consigue la devolución del 75% del importe: 82,50€ cuando hagas la declaración de la renta)

Dónde: c/ Mayor, 54. 31440. Lumbier. Navarra. España.

Alojamiento: Hay algunos lugares en los que pernoctar en Lumbier: un camping, un hotel, una o dos casas rurales. También hay dos habitaciones que se pueden alquilar en la casa.

Plazas limitadas

Preguntas/Apuntarse al curso: callemayor54@yahoo.com

Friday, 16 March 2018


Some unfinished oil paintings, where he is yearning to capture the intensity of nature.
Yugo is the meticulous type. I am personally fond of artists who after them, everything is as before, not like a battle was fought at the studio...Just somebody was working there. 
A shabby extra studio for dirty stuff.

Yugo Kohrogi's site: http://oguy.jp/

He is having now some paintings in an exhibition in Japan organized by Mr. Takahasi, one of Japan's greater art collectors:

Sunday, 11 March 2018


Andrea Rodríguez Vial is an installation-ceramic-sculptor who frequently models animals reflecting about plague, domestication, extinction, animal abuse and anthropocentrism concepts.
She started her residency unusually early this Spring, because, by mid-April, she will go to another one in the Netherlands. She has launched a crowfunding campaign to sponsor her stay at EKWC. If you would like to support her, you can purchase some of her artworks here:
During her stay at Calle Mayor 54, she has been making some clay pieces for an ephemeral outdoor installation. She is interested in geometry in contrast with organic shapes in nature.
Andrea at her studio.

Friday, 12 January 2018


I am glad to announce next Spring curator-in-residence at Calle Mayor 54: Giulia Gelmini, Italy, 1993. Thank you all you applied, indeed!

The curator will be at the house for three days in May. She will meet the artists, see their portfolios and discuss their artist statements. Besides, she will write an article about the artists current work at the residence.
She is an experienced curator, with great education in the field, who writes in several magazines. We will be pleased with her visit to reflect all together on contemporary art.

If you would like to read something Giulia wrote, here a link:

Tuesday, 12 December 2017


Andrea Rodriguez Vial

I am glad to announce Spring 2018 winner artists-in-residence at Calle Mayor 54Yugo Kohrogi (Japan, 1982), Andrea Rodriguez Vial (Chile,1983) and Kevin Brophy (USA).

Andrea Rodriguez Vial is an installation-ceramic-sculptor who frequently models animals reflecting about plague, domestication, extinction, animal abuse and anthropocentrism concepts. During her residence she would like to create some ephemeral figures to include them in the local landscape.
Andrea Rodriguez Vial
Andrea Rodriguez Vial

Yugo Kohrogi is a skilled oil-painter who makes distorted, melted figurative women paintings: from sexual poses to scary portraits. I personally see something of Bacon, something of Suehiro Maruo on it.
He says he aims to put together primitiveness and modernity in a painting. He pretends to portrait a landscape with memory, where people and nature melt together.
Yugo Kohrogi
Yugo Kohrogi 
 Yugo Kohrogi

Kevin Brophy is interested in topics which deal with issues of time, language, labor, craft and gender-tropes. For her stay at Calle Mayor 54, she has a project related with the American dream, where the artist will labor in multiple ways on different levels of production, platform, and privilege, while implicating other workers and systems of value.  
Kevin Brophy
Kevin Brophy
Kevin Brophy

Saturday, 11 November 2017


DEADLINE: 31st December 2017

RESIDENCE: 5, 6 and 7th May 2018

NUMBER: 1 curator

-Excellent writing skills in Spanish or in English.
-Hold a phd, master's or postgraduate degree in Art Theory, Aesthetics or related.
-Don't need to have experience as curator but, you need to have at least a written article -published or unpublished- about contemporary art. Of course, experienced curators are very welcome.
-No age limit, nor restriction on nationality.

-Meet 3 artists in residence. See their portfolio and discuss their artist statement with them.
-Get informed about the work they are doing at Calle Mayor 54.
-Write a 1500 words article about it.

-Three night accommodation at Calle Mayor 54.
-Access to common areas in the artist floor: terrace, bathroom and kitchen.
-One 'welcome curator' lunch.
-Your article dissemination.

-A desk.
-Internet connection.

Send an email to callemayor54@yahoo.com with the following information:
-Resume + nationality + birth date
-A link or an attached pdf with your best art writings.

Friday, 10 November 2017


Before to apply as artist in residence, probably you are wondering what you will find here. So, what type of artist would enjoy better Calle Mayor 54?

-Artists doing projects in the nature or related with.
-Artists -doing whatever theme projects- who enjoy an open air walk before/after work.
-Artists not interested in nature, but, willing to have a peaceful studio, willing to achieve focus for a great production. Artists who enjoy themselves, not depending on the external circumstances.
So, if you would like to relish all the advantages a big city offers, as: a lot of facilities, great public transport in any direction at any time, shopping, food delivery, an epic social life, a huge specialized library... Then, you will not find any of this in a 600 population mountain village.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


5-5 Tie encounter: 5 lecturers-5 spectators

Summarizing yesterday meeting about resources for visual artists in the province:

They were present: Jazar organizers (Peio & Mónica), Oskia Ugarte (Centro de Arte Huarte), Javier Gómez (Tudela culture city councillor) and Yolanda Pascual Ruiz de la Hermosa (Calle Mayor 54).
Jazar is a 4 floor building in Pamplona with capacity for 80 artists. Studios are for rent, they have facilities for band rehearsal, pottery, 3D printer, printmaking, photo lab, textile, performing arts... It is based in the idea of sharing, bringing projects in common, art in community.
Centro de Arte Huarte supports artists offering several opportunities (check website for further information). They expressed their will of becoming a production center instead of an exhibition center. Which, personally, I think it is a pity, because it is a great building with beautiful spaces.
Tudela culture city councillor, Javier Gómez, told us about "Des Adarve": young artists ephemeral festival in emblematic buildings in Tudela. There is some budget for production. In Tudela, there is also a residence for dance (contemporary & folk), and in Olite, another one for classic theater.
I was lucky to hear all of us cover different things. If Jazar is for artists who want to share and work in common projects, Calle Mayor 54 is headed for individualist artists looking for some isolation, nature or/and peaceful studio. Also, it seems Calle Mayor 54 is the one with more international overture, but with less facilities than Centro de Arte Huarte or Jazar. Regarding the residencies: in Jazar, there are studios, but, not living spaces; in Centro de Arte Huarte, they only have working space but they offer some cash to rent a room in Pamplona; and, in Calle Mayor 54, studios and living space mix together. So, it is not the most suitable place for artists who really need "to get the hands dirty" with their work.
So, some ideas exposed there, my personal summary:
-There is a lack of interest in the arts in Navarra. Local people has other preferences for their leisure time. This can be a consequence of the poor art education in the schools, not only in Navarra, but in Spain; the lack of superior art studies in the province and the mobility of the artists to other cities more cultural attractive.
-There is too much art offer in the province in relation with the demand. Workshops, art events, residencies, art spaces... frequently don't get enough participants or are cancelled.
-Big art spaces are not suitable for this province, as they have a high maintenance cost and not enough public. Art proposals should have a smaller format to be able to offer a bigger choice.

Sunday, 5 November 2017


This Tuesday, November 7th, at 6 pm, I will be at Centro de Arte Huarte. I have been invited to a round table about the visual arts in Navarra. I will be presenting Calle Mayor 54. The debate will be about the resources for visual artists in the province.
Free entrance.
Address: c/ Calvario, 2, 31620 Huarte, Navarra. Spain.

Saturday, 4 November 2017


Kaori Iguchi is experimenting with eco-prints. She uses plants and flowers to extract natural colours for dyeing fabrics.
She also uses the food leftovers after having dinner with friends to dye natural yarn immortalizing the moment. She is interested in the connection between nature & people and the power of something alive.
Constantin Hartenstein was learning about vulture lifestyle, at the vulture museum in Lumbier, for the video he will shoot soon: "Foz meat".
Martin T Raggio got some possible locations near Lumbier for his photo staging: "The human being insignificance".