For his first solo show at ACERVO, COPY / ERROR, Pablo Barreiro (1982, Meaño, Pontevedra, Spain) presents a selection of sculptural ceramic works created on the occasion of his participation in the project NUOVE//Residency—Contemporary Art Production, a program of artistic residencies located in the ancient ceramic district of the cities of Bassano del Grappa and Nove, in northern Italy.
Although his stays in Italy happened in two separate time frames—the first in 2015 and the following in 2018—the works of Pablo Barreiro are presented as a heterogeneous ensemble of sculptural elements that push the reflection towards the cyclical nature of an object, interpreting its different phases—conception and reproduction, consumption and dissipation—as clues on which to guide the artistic research and the formal elaboration that follows.
The modelling and the manipulating of the material is marked by a rhythm of succession and sequentiality, typical of the serial production (MOLDES, 2018, digital print). His compositions are the result of a printing process where the shape of the object is repeatedly printed and re-assembled, as if the mutation Pablo induces was a misunderstanding onto which the copy of the initial object is placed. The thing is no longer the thing, depleted of its initial meaning and dismissed from its field of competence.
— Geraldine Blais
Curator, Founder NUOVE//Residency—Contemporary Art Production
This show departs from a discovery. At an early moment of research, upon his arrival at NUOVE, Pablo finds a set of plaster casts inside a closed factory. Casts for jars, vases and numerous other ceramic objects.
There was In this lot of casts, which had been used over and over again, and now void of reason, an important memory that Pablo thought should be re-printed, without however wanting to rediscover their original purpose, or exactly what objects would have been produced with these casts.
In this body of work, Pablo focuses on the mechanisms of reproduction, particularly on the way western art history has used copy as a resource, both pedagogically and aesthetically—the seductive appeal of the reproduction, its meaning, and the importance that appropriation, quotation and repetition have for the Art.
Through the repetition of an image/object, and the search for conflicts between 'original' and 'copy', the reading (and the meaning) of the original image is reversed. And by the time this new object is created the possibility of a 'new copy', and of new reinterpretation, is, by definition, again, open.
— Luïs Castanheira Loureiro
Architect, Director ACERVO
Press release courtesy Acervo - Contemporary Art.