Álvaro Gil

Represented artist – Open PDF

I am attracted to disassembly:

Understood as a constructive option that allows the created work to be easily transported. Together with the aesthetic, this functional capacity is something that I often demonstrate in my sculptural pieces. I reveal the screws holding things together, make visible the pressure forces between materials, etc. I am interested in showing how the work has been constructed. This leads me to my second key concept:

Assembly instructions: assembling and disassembling, a child’s game that is repeated over and over again. The enjoyment that comes from being part of the constructive event is something that IKEA has mastered to perfection. The consumer who becomes part of the game of construction. In my case, placing assembly instructions on my pieces to show how they are built is nothing more than involving viewers in my artistic work on a mental level and making them aware of the guts of the piece. The fact that other people can assemble the piece by themselves in the same way that I did leads me to my third key concept:

DIY processes: self-sufficient beings who manufacture their own dreams, who provide solutions to their own functional and aesthetic needs. I spent a long time immersed in video tutorials on Youtube, seeking DIY knowledge on how to build machines and learning small technical tips that I could apply in my artistic workshop, which began to take the form of a creative laboratory. I experimented with things I saw online. It was mere chance that I came across content on how to generate free energy with artisan machines powered by electromagnetism. This brings me to my fourth key concept:

Free energy: standing on the sidelines outside the official paradigms, studying and giving physical forms to intangible concepts, to the origin of energy. Autonomy and sustainability.”

Álvaro Gil (Corella, 1986) has a degree in Fine Arts and a PhD from the University of the Basque Country. Since 2008 he had individual exhibitions in galleries such as Satélite de Querétaro, México, Louis 21 in Palma de Mallorca or Raquel Ponce in Madrid, as well as in institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum and the Sala Rekalde in Bilbao or the Huarte Center in Navarra. His artistic interventions in the Ribera de Bilbao Market and on Trengandín de Noja beach should be highlighted. His work has been seen at international art fairs such as ARCO, Madrid, Material in Mexico City or Cross Roads in London. He has received different scholarships and grants for artistic creation such as the Aid for Plastic and Visual Arts of Navarra and the Creation Grant for the Provincial Council of Bizkaia.