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OCTAVI SERRA < OBJECT < INSTALLATION < PAINTING < SCULPTURE < MURAL





Octavi Serra



During the two weeks of the “Festival Circular” I have been collecting, cleaning and stapling plastics to make a Smile mural. It is the smile that makes us not face the obvious and devastating problems to solve them but helps us to avoid them to continue living peacefully in self-deception. A beautiful smile made with one of the most dangerous materials on the planet.A pleasure to have participated in the circular festival and work with Madrid Street Art Project. Also thank the neighbors of San Cristóbal for all the support received for the project.

“Tanca la porta al seu darrere. L’un davant de l’altre, els dos vesteixen corbata, ben arreglats. Un té uns 50 anys i l’altre és un noi jove. El senyor demana al jove que segui a la cadira i el jove seu. El senyor té la mirada intensa però cansada. Les arrugues li cauen com llàgrimes al voltant dels ulls i du tres o quatre cabells llargs pentinats d’un costat a l’altre per tapar-se la calba.
Al noi jove se’l veu inquiet. Aquesta entrevista definirà el seu futur. Somriu nerviós però intenta mantenir la calma.
L’interrogatori comença però després de tres preguntes, ningú sap perquè, a una de les sabates del jove, s’hi cala foc. Ell ho nota de seguida i, dissimuladament i sense perdre el somriure, intenta ofegar les flames amb l’altre cama. Malgrat els seus intents, les flames no cedeixen. S’apoderen ràpidament de les dues sabates i, mica en mica, el foc es va estenent pels pantalons.
El jove però, tot i notar les cames bullint entre les flames, decideix oblidar-se’n. L’entrevista continua. Va prou bé, és prou important. Ell manté el somriure i la mirada serena. Està concentrat. No hi ha temps per perdre i tampoc vol despistar l’atenció de l’entrevistador. Les flames arriben al cinturó i poc a poc el van envoltant fins que queda submergit dins d’una foguera violenta. Ell, encara amb el somriure, s’esforça per contestar les preguntes de l’entrevistador. I l’entrevistador, just al seu davant, se’l mira encuriosit i intentant desxifrar les seves respostes.” 




BLOOP FESTIVAL, IBIZA 2020
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Art direction at Cúmul Collective. CÚMUL is an experimental laboratory with artists, designers and engineers from Barcelona that offers new architectural scenes. The physical limits disappear and the urban landscape becomes the canvas we work on and thus, fantastic scenes that make us doubt the established logic are generated.
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When they proposed to me to paint a wall in the Nau Bostik, I was very excited because for me it represents a challenge and an opportunity to reconcile with the painting and the wall. I sat down in front of the wall, I made a list of my poor abilities and, seeing how short it was, I chose to express explicitly what the painting itself could convey.



LOOKING FOR A BIGGER WALL
Explicitly, and playing typographically with the support, the aim is to represent the greed and constant insatisfaction towards our every-day cirumstances. This feeling of never feeling fully satisfied even though rationality argues we should. This willingness of wanting always more, making the road impossible to enjoy.