Asier Mendizabal at La Petite EscalèreLa chaine et la trame (Urritza), 2016
As part of its yearly series of modern and contemporary outdoor installations, La Petite Escalère has invited Spanish Basque artist Asier Mendizabal to create a work for the garden. This site-specific sculpture was installed in June 2016 and is now part of La Petite Escalère’s collection.
Mendizabal researches the symbols through which cultures are represented. He is especially interested in oppositional and sub-cultures, which are often defined by their adherence to such symbols. Mendizabal unpicks and re-imagines these, questioning the relation of cultural identity to cultural representation, and generating new forms of abstraction. Mendizabal works with a variety of media, and this exhibition includes photography, graphics and photomontages, but its strongest register is with abstract sculpture.
To know more about La chaine et la trame (Urritza), 2016, watch this interview of the artist during the installation at La Petite Escalère in June 2016, also avalable on our blog, Sculpture Nature:
He has exhibited individually, among others, in Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway; Raven Row, London; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid;, DAE, San Sebastian; MACBA Barcelona and Culturgest in Lisbon. He has taken part in group shows such as the 31 Bienal de Sao Paulo, A Singular Form, Secession, Vienna, IllumiNATIONS, 54, Venice Bienale; Scenarios about Europe: Scenario 3. Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig; In the First Circle Fundació Tapies, Barcelona; Às Artes, Cidadãos, Museu Serralves, Porto; Chacun a son Gôut, at Guggenheim Bilbao Museoa; Després de la notícia, at CCCB Barcelona; Manifesta 5, the Taipei biennial; Insiders, at CAPC Bordeaux; Flüchtige Zeiten, at Westfälischer Kunstverein, On Handlung, Bucharest Biennial.