How does an airless roof hold up?
Between four walls, as if the air acted as a supporting structure, the ceiling remains above our heads as if it were a solid material. We sleep without fear of it falling because the space between our bed and the plasterboard, concrete, cement or gotelé, as if it were a solid material, holds it tight. If the fastening elements became visible, the weight, thoughts or the air that rotate above our head?
Through the rigidity of the wood the heaviness of the air is shown, the organic materials sustain each other, they build each other. From the action that starts from our hand and builds the cup every time you drink. From the space that wood needs to build an occupied room. The structures reveal the loneliness of the space, while it becomes another, as if the air had been transformed into all its heaviness. In a random way, incapable of a total repetition, only because of its difference with itself. In such a way that it could happen again, but never in the same way, that the light becomes heavy, revealing the hidden ways that our room has of not falling on top of our heads.
Space becomes becoming, a sum of precarious transitions whose purpose finds no end. Chance at once. An ad infinitum transformation of passive permutations that mutate and become blurred in a continuous unstable movement. The work is shown in an incessant search for a way to go outside, to break the spatial structures.
The perceptive synthesis of the understanding of space, made visible through these heavy elements, pushes the spatial instability between everything that happens around
us to the limit: the fragility of bodies, their continuous choice not to fall, not to break. A
fragility that lives in every organic or inorganic structure, in every object that is made up by contact with another by difference and repetition. The inescapable decomposition and breakage present at every step and every gesture, which we dodge with every breath or with every act. As if the air were enough to support our roof and we missed the inevitability that one day, the roof will fall.
23 February - 18 March 2022
Habitación Número 34, Avda. Cerro de los Ángeles 34, 28026 Usera, Madrid
Habitación Número 34 is a non-profit art space founded in the peripherical neighbourhood of Usera, Madrid by artist RGB, @3819etc (Madrid, 1989) to promote the work of young contemporary Spanish artists. Part of the larger initiative “Habitación Número”, Habitación Número 34 is conceived as the first of a series of future exhibition "rooms" which will be part of a network of exhibiting spaces, situated around the suburbs of Madrid, and solely dedicated to promoting emerging contemporary art and music. Only visually accessible from the outside through glass windows, these rooms are committed to a totally public way of promoting art, also compatible with all the current COVID-19 restrictions. Conceptually, the space aims to simulate the room of the artist whose work occupies the space each month, turning the exhibition space into a kind of “short-term artist residency” with passers-by continuously scrutinizing the work through the space windows.
Habitación Número 34 is commissioned by Lava Art Project that emerged in 2019 as a platform dedicated to the representation of emerging artists, as well as the research, production, and exhibition of contemporary art in all media. Founded by curators Belinda Martín Porras (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1993) and Paula Ramos Mollá (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1994), Lava Art Project has worked in several international art projects.