Ignacio Uriarte

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NoguerasBlanchard, Madrid
Nov 16 - Jan 18, 2014

“the visual effects in his works are complex, but the language is plain: lines, colours and clean surfaces” - Joanna Kleinberg

NoguerasBlanchard is delighted to announce Ignacio Uriarte’s third exhibition in the gallery. Highlighting the more painterly aspect of his work, large-scale black and white drawings explore the formal and conceptual concerns underlining his practice: the mechanical, repetitive actions and the spontaneous, instinctive gestures that reveal his particular formal universe.

As noted by Joanna Kleinberg in Uriarte’s catalogue for his recent exhibition Line of work at The Drawing Center, “the visual effects in his works are complex, but the language is plain: lines, colours and clean surfaces”. This visual complexity can be appreciated in works such as Strong Upper and Downer (2013) where Uriarte uses a typewriter to depict a large black and red cross shape on 24 separate sheets of paper. Upon closer inspection, one sees that the basic element of the drawing is a percentage sign typed in such a way that the red symbols appear to move downwards while the black ones seem to ascend, simulating the rise and fall of stock market curves.

In The Kingdom (2013), a key work in the exhibition, a subtler visual game takes place that recalls and earlier work where the grid of an Excel sheet reveals geometric shapes and playful compositions (Immer größer und weniger, immer kleiner und mehr, 2006, video, 86′). In this case, the cells seem to project outwards towards the viewer as they decrease in size progressively from the upper right to lower left corners in a movement of expansion and contraction. Accurate and precise strokes that concentrate the space into 9 drawings, alluding to concepts such as freedom and confinement. The title refers to the kingdom as stage of society as well as a mental state, revealing a particular feature in Uriarte’s work, where ideas inspired in the sedentary routine of the office environment transcend the space with extraordinary ingenuity.

Ignacio Uriarte’s solo exhibitions include: Infinity, AMoA-Art House, Austin, USA (2013); Writing, Interisland Terminal, Honolulu, USA (2013); Binaries, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, USA (2013); Line of Work, The Drawing Center, New York (2013); Líneas Generales, etHALL, Barcelona (2012); Works, Centre d’Art la Panera, Lleida, Spain (2012); Works, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao; Preferiría no hacerlo, Casa del Lago, Mexico D.F (2011); The History of the typewriter Recited by Michael Winslow, NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona (2010); The invention of letters, PICA Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia (2010); I am making Art, Wilfredo Prieto & Ignacio Uriarte, Taka Ishii Gallery, Kyoto and Tokyo (2009); Tan sencillo como una línea o un círculo, Laboratorio 987, MUSAC, León (2008). Recent group exhibitions include: Not Yet Titled. New and Forever at Museum Ludwig, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany (2013); Trait Papier II Ein Essay zur Zeichnung der Gegenwart, Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liesthal, Switzerland (2013); (Im)material Labour, Art Exchange, University of Essex, United Kingdom (2013); The Miseducation of Anja Major, Transmediale, Berlin (2013); Expanded Drawing, Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2012); Not by default – Post Internet Art aus Berlin, DAM, Berlin, Germany (2012); Media-Scape Biennale, HDLU, Zagreb, Croatia (2012); Video/Choreo, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA (2012); In the Shadow of the Sun, Kunstverein at L40 / Babylon, Berlin (2012). He was awarded with Fundación Marcelino Botín Visual Art Grant, Santander (2008), MUSAC, León (2006) and CAM Creación Artística (2007).

Ignacio Uriarte (Krefeld 1972) lives and works in Berlín.

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Selected Works

Ignacio Uriarte
The Turku Series


Mixed media on paper

35.2 x 26.5 x 3.5 cm (13 78 x 10 716 x 1 38 inches)

Ignacio Uriarte
Strong Upper and Downer


Typewriter ink on paper

177 x 187 x 4 cm (69 1116 x 73 58 x 1 916 inches)

Ignacio Uriarte
Blot Scriptures 4


Indian ink on paper

146 x 107 x 4 cm (57 1532 x 42 18 x 1 916 inches)

Ignacio Uriarte
The Kingdom


Permanent marker on paper

184.5 x 262.5 x 4 cm (72 58 x 103 1132 x 1 916 inches)

Ignacio Uriarte
Aparición / Desaparición


Pigmented ink on paper

91.5 x 126 x 4 cm (36 132 x 49 58 x 1 916 inches)