After The Gold Rush – Jules de Balincourt in the CAC Málaga.

I always loved museums and I have been visiting many exhibitions. But during the full lockdown in a way I forgot how much they mean to me. Putting my foot into the “After the Gold Rush” exhibition was again a great moment – a bit like coming home. I realized that museums are kind of spiritual rooms for me – especially when they have generous space, only few visitors, a delicate hanging and good art. So after the opening of our community lockdown I took a shower in art.

Who is Jules de Balincourt? And what about the Gold Rush?

I didn’t know what to expect – did you know this artist? So I went without expectations for the pure reason that it was possible to visit and full of trust in the choice of the CAC Málaga museum. Jules is a French born artist, who’s parents immigrated to California in his youth. So the title is more a metaphor for all the traveling, the hopes and the chances of a new start he and his parents experienced in his youth. This is a rather short answer. But you will find more competent sources at the end of this post!

I have to confess, Jules de Balincourt was not known to me. Its interesting which artists become like old acquaintances or good friends and which are completely out of sight. That´s surely a question of personal taste and education – but I wonder how much the culture of each country plays a role in defining who the big players are.

About 30 large paintings in very strong and somehow false colors are to be seen in the exhibition room. For me it seemed something between kind of naive and real and irreale. So in a way rather open, what to think about the paintings. I am not an interpreter, you will find interesting the explanation of this article in the English Sur.

As an artist I am very much interested in the overall impression and in some painting details.

What I spotted

Presented are works created in the last 10 years. All of the paintings in large format are painted on wood – the artist comes from ceramic – so the harder support is something that he is very familiar with.

Some of the colors seem thinly applied and also sanded down. This makes them appear in places as if they were painted on threadbare worn fabric – an interesting effect, since the material is rather hard and very resilient where they are applied.
Even the seemingly relatively realistic scenes get a tipping effect from the unreal colors. So it’s never quite clear what story the characters are telling in the setting.

View of some more paintings – tap the paintings to enlarge.

The painting of the soldiers sticks a bit out of this kind of dreamy-distant atmosphere. The artist talks of the theme of isolation, nature and cities. It is unexpectedly a bit of a shock to suddenly come face to face with this life-sized group of soldiers with faces that are not clear to read.

A group of solders standing like for a photos shoot

Links to “After the Gold Rush”

Find the page of the CAC Málaga here.

Get more detailed information in this article about the exhibition in the English Sur!

See an interesting interview with the artist here on Youtube

You will find more information about my visits to the CAC Málaga here:

A place to go to in Málaga! Juan F. Lacomba at the CAC Málaga

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Fascination of Glas Objects

Marbella Galeria Isolina Arbulu presents fascinating glas objects by Gala Fernández

This was a great surprise! I had seen some photos of the glas objects and was a bit reluctant to visit the exhibition – I tent to visit mainly exhibitions with paintings or photos. But as I like the Gallery of Isolina Arbulu and like to know what is happening in the art world of Marbella I made an appointment. How good I did it! I found fascinating glass objects in Marbella! It turned out that these glas objects had the power to fascinate!

Please click onto the images to enlarge and see the whole picture.

Organic Geometry – a collection of fascinating glass works

The exhibition “Organic Geometry” is part of an experimental project, a series of glass vases blown inside handmade copper wire geometrical structures by the artist and designer Gala Fernández Montero.

Nicely presented in a very puristic surrounding, getting their very special light that creates an interaction between the shadows and the objects, the glas works develop a special magic. The longer we looked at them, the all the more they revealed to us their special character and the more enthusiastic and fascinated we were. A good part of this was due to the sensitive comments of the knowledgeable gallery owner Isolina Arbulu.

The charm of these fascinating glass objects for me is a mixture of vintage atmosphere, workplace atmosphere and the poesy of an art work. I especially liked the transparent objects. They reminded me of places where fisher have their nets and you see these transparent glass balls. Some feeling of the good old times come up.

Award winning artist in Marbella

This exhibition was planned for March and like so many others had to be canceled. The artist had seen the venue but was then stuck due to the Covid 19 crisis and didn’t yet have the chance to see her exhibition. But next week she will fly over to Marbella and visit the gallery.

Gala Fernández Montero is a designer and artist. She is the winner of the ELLE design award 2020. As Isolina told us, she likes to look at her art work as usable objects – many of them can be turned into different positions and be used to hold things or be used as a vase.

Gala Fernández has moved between Spain, Italy, Mexico, France, England and Germany; He currently resides in Milan. He collaborates with international companies such as MOROSO and Sisley, although he also self-produces many of his design-art collections. Gala is artistic director of the AAMURANO blown glass line.

To see this fascinating glass objects in Marbella is definitely worth a visit. Isolina Arbulu is in the office mostly in the mornings. Best to make an appointment and enjoy the encounter with the art objects. Find all information here on the website of Galeria Isolina Arbulu.

See more about exhibitions in the Galeria Isolina Arbulu here: Look “Beyond the Horizon” in Marbella

Find another interesting exhibition still running in Marbella here: Dieter Nuhr in Reiners Contemporary Art Marbella

Read about an exhibition open till August in Málaga: A place to go to in Málaga! Juan F. Lacomba at the CAC Málaga

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