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A very short introduction to the methods of Pep Admetlla

Àlex Susanna

A first, snatched look at his studio: books and maquettes; words and processes, guides and searches, models and speculations, literature and projects. All mixed together as if forming a seemingly indivisible unit. A second look gradually becoming a first quick sketch: a compact selection of books, select and interdisciplinary forming a backdrop, and various maquettes scattered amongst rolls of tracing paper invading the foreground. I say maquettes although I could have equally said artefacts, object poems, sculptures or even architectures. Only later do my eyes discover, half-hidden, a third element that pulls everything together: sketchbooks, note books or ships’ logs, in which the seafarer records, in drawing and writing, the vicissitudes of each of his uncertain voyages: atmosphere, courses, winds, rigging, waves, force, roll and pitch, cloudscape, discoveries and associations of a helmsman both diligent and daring in his decision taking.

A visit to Pep Admetlla’s studio is at once stimulating and convincing. You have the impression of being able to make out the disperse and yet concrete and embodied meanderings, folds and circumvolutions of his mind. Also, every now and then, there is a bright sparkle or gleam. It is like watching the televised highlights of a show featuring a good number of creative processes leaving us with many thoughts, reflections, clues, various lines of investigation, a series of notes and annotations which enable us to retrace and visualise his arduous explorations.

A manifold tradition – literary, artistic, philosophical and architectural – ransacked and rejuvenated. Knowhow – that of the artisan – activated. Knowledge – scientific and technological – which when needed also intervenes and takes part. Memory, knowhow and intuition in exponential feedback. The notion of exploration is the concept which most closely defines the kind of search on which he continually sets out, as he puts it, in media res, when given commissions or projects. Like a fool who knows many things, or a non-believer who is, after all is said and done, a true believer, Pep Admetlla dares to challenge everything and consider deeply the biggest and yet most elusive questions and objectives: what are poetry, light and time?

Following each of his investigations an instantaneous and challenging neuronal mobilisation is produced as testified to by his notebooks, where we can witness, if we choose, the assortment of tests, errors, discoveries, digressions, losses, realisations and variations which lead the artist to the final crystallisation of an idea, sketch, maquette, artefact or object poem. Some of his processes stop at this stage and are permanently trapped within themselves, both self-contained and self-sufficient. This short-circuiting lends an air of tension to the studio, making it a realm of suspended potentiality. Others move forward, however, towards a form of artistic, sculptural, architectural or even urbanistic execution, and then we can see how the most extreme subjectivity invades the public space, contaminating it and transforming it. The artwork has reached the peak of its growth and maturity. Now it does not belong to the artist but to all of us: it is part of our mental and physical landscape. We meet it again in the streets, squares, chapels and museums that have been subjected to his interventions and nothing will be as it once was. This most antisystem of artists has finally found his place.

Des d’una llibreta de projectes…

Glòria Bosch

I s’esdevé que l’extrem de l’especulació dóna, de vegades, arguments a la pràctica… Paul Valéry. Eupalinos La primera vegada que vaig saber de la seva obra era un nucli potencial dins d’una llibreta negra de tapa dura. Venia a veure’m perquè li ho havia aconsellat el seu amic i gran artista Torres Monsó, però en […]

Des d’una llibreta de projectes…

Las oscuras pinturas de Pep Admetlla

Joaquim Español

Hay imágenes que, una vez han tocado la retina, parece que se desdoblen para seguir dos circuitos relativamente autónomos dentro del laberinto del cerebro. Uno de ellos enciende las neuronas sensibles a la belleza de las figuras, la coherencia de los trazos, el precario equilibrio de las masas, las relaciones y los contrastes, la sorpresa […]

Las oscuras pinturas de Pep Admetlla

Les pintures fosques de Pep Admetlla

Joaquim Español

Hi ha imatges que, una vegada han tocat la retina, sembla que es desdoblin per seguir dos circuits relativament autònoms dins el laberint del cervell. Un d’ells encén les neurones sensibles a la bellesa de les figures, la coherència dels traços, l’equilibri precari de les masses, les relacions i els contrastos, la sorpresa d’algunes taques […]

Les pintures fosques de Pep Admetlla

Desde una libreta de proyectos…

Glòria Bosch

Y resulta que el extremo de la especulación da, a veces, argumentos a la práctica… Paul Valéry. Eupalinos La primera vez que supe de su obra era un núcleo potencial dentro de una libreta negra de tapa dura. Venía a verme porque se lo había aconsejado su amigo y gran artista Torres Monsó, pero en […]

Desde una libreta de proyectos…

Pep Admetlla’s Dark Paintings

Joaquim Español

There exist images which, the moment they hit the retina, seem to split in two and follow two relatively separate pathways through the labyrinth of the brain. One of them activates neurones sensitive to the beauty of shapes, the coherence of strokes, the unstable balance of masses, relations and contrasts, the surprise of some areas […]

Pep Admetlla’s Dark Paintings

A very short introduction to the methods of Pep Admetlla

Àlex Susanna

A first, snatched look at his studio: books and maquettes; words and processes, guides and searches, models and speculations, literature and projects. All mixed together as if forming a seemingly indivisible unit. A second look gradually becoming a first quick sketch: a compact selection of books, select and interdisciplinary forming a backdrop, and various maquettes […]

A very short introduction to the methods of Pep Admetlla

La poética del espacio

Carles Puigdemont

Es un inmenso placer saludar la presentación de este catálogo de la exposición retrospectiva de la obra de un artista de referencia como es Pep Admetlla. “La poética del espacio”, título de la muestra que tiene lugar en Can Mario Museo de Escultura Contemporánea de la Fundació Vila Casas en Palafrugell, será una oportunidad magnífica […]

La poética del espacio

The poetics of space

Carles Puigdemont

It gives me great pleasure to introduce this presentation of the catalogue for a retrospective of work by an artist as significant as Pep Admetlla. The Poetics of Space, title of the show to be held at the Fundació Vila Casas Can Mario Museum of Contemporary Sculpture, will be a magnificent opportunity to enjoy his […]

The poetics of space

Una muy breve introducción al método de Pep Admetlla

Àlex Susanna

Primera ojeada —furtiva— a su estudio: libros y maquetas. Palabras y procesos, pautas y búsqueda, modelos y especulaciones, literatura y proyectos. Todo mezclado como formando casi una unidad al principio inseparable. Segunda ojeada que deviene poco a poco un primer esbozo de mirada: una biblioteca compacta, selecta e interdisciplinaria como telón de fondo, y un […]

Una muy breve introducción al método de Pep Admetlla

From a notebook full of projects…

Glòria Bosch

And it turns out the far reaches of speculation provide, at times, arguments for practice… Paul Valéry. Eupalinos, or the Architect The first time I came into contact with Admetlla’s work it was as a latent kernel in a black, hard-cover notebook. He had come to see me on the recommendation of his friend, the […]

From a notebook full of projects…

La poètica de l’espai

Carles Puigdemont

Em plau d’allò més saludar la presentació d’aquest catàleg de l’exposició retrospectiva de l’obra d’un artista de referència com és Pep Admetlla. “La poètica de l’espai”, títol de la mostra que té lloc a Can Mario Museu d’Escultura Contemporània de la Fundació Vila Casas a Palafrugell, serà una oportunitat magnífica per gaudir de la seva […]

La poètica de l’espai

Utopías posibles

Pilar Parcerisas

El filósofo Gaston Bachelard decía que el hombre es un ser de deseo y no de necesidad, y que la utopía corresponde a su destino natural. Thomas More publicó Utopía en 1516 e introdujo este neologismo grecolatino que tanto gustó a los surrealistas y particularmente a André Breton por su vinculación al sueño y al […]

Utopías posibles

Utopies possibles

Pilar Parcerisas

El filòsof Gaston Bachelard deia que l’home és un ésser de desig i no de necessitat, i que la utopia correspon al seu destí natural. Thomas More publicà Utopia el 1516 i introduí aquest neologisme grecollatí que tant agradà als surrealistes i particularment a André Breton per la seva vinculació al somni i al desig. […]

Utopies possibles

Possible utopias

Pilar Parcerisas

The philosopher Gaston Bachelard said that man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need, and that utopia is his natural destiny. Thomas More published Utopia in 1516, and thus coined the Greek-derived neologism so beloved by Surrealists, particularly André Breton, due to its connections with dreams and desires. There are two subjects […]

Possible utopias

Una molt bona introducció al mètode de Pep Admetlla

Àlex Susanna

Primer cop d’ull —furtiu— al seu estudi: llibres i maquetes. Paraules i processos, pautes i recerca, models i especulacions, literatura i projectes. Tot barrejat com formant gairebé una unitat de primer indestriable. Segon cop d’ull que esdevé de mica en mica un primer esborrany de mirada: una biblioteca compacta, selecta i interdisciplinària com a teló […]

Una molt bona introducció al mètode de Pep Admetlla
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