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“Useless” is an exhibition to give space and value to uselessness.
Through the upgrading and evolution of technique, men have been subdued to its inertia. A capitalist inertia that moves us toward a “we want everything we can” more than making us question ourselves about “what can we want?”. We no longer dominate the technique and we’re interested in doing anything we can do.
We have the needed tools to do whatever we want, but we have forgotten the process of pausing and the humanistic thinking that are necessary to understand the repercussions that our “progress” can have upon humanity.

This way, “USELESS” aims to turn functional/useful objects into “useless” art pieces. The goal is to help understand, though these transformations, the importance and necessity of the “useless” culture and thinking (one without an economic purpose) for the retrieval of the technical domain.



CENSURED ART


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.” 




CONFINED - 2020
When creativity is driven by boredom


JUST DO IT


BLOOP FESTIVAL, IBIZA 2020
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For those who have more walls than exterior views during confinement, I propose a solution. Windows to take away. 70x105cm
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Solució per a tots aquells qui, durant el confinament, tenen més parets que vistes a l'exterior. Finestra mòbil i a domicili. 70x105cm




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De algún modo, me he integrado en un mundo en el cual me siento un paria; El arte urbano. Nunca pinté trenes y al apretar la boquilla del espray mi dedo índice enseguida se debilita y se queda sin energías. Alguna vez me propuse pintar un grafiti pero en ninguna de ellas lo pude terminar. Con el dedo índice para amputar y, esnifando pintura en polvo de manera involuntaria, mi estado, a media pintura, era patéticamente incapacitante.
Hice también algunas incursiones en el mundo del tag pero nunca fui capaz ni de encontrar un seudónimo atractivo ni de encontrar un estilo tipográfico al nivel deseado. En definitiva, sabiendo que la mayoría de artistas urbanos provienen del mundo del graffiti y que yo, en cambio, provengo del mundo del diseño en una universidad privada, me sentía obligado a intervenir, a remediarlo, a rellenar una parte de mi biografía que se saltó alguna etapa.

Hace unos días, le pedí a un amigo grafitero (@galleak), que me hiciera un tag con el OOSS que tengo en mi instagram y de esta manera facilitar mi acceso al mundo del tageo. Hice una plantilla con su propuesta que me permitió obtener un estilo a un nivel decente, perpetuar la calidad del tag independientemente de mi estado de ánimo y permitirme el lujo de integrarme, ahora sí, en el mundo del arte urbano.


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Paintings during my lonely lockdown.


Exhibition for Bmurals gallery.

CHANGE IS A TEAM SPORT, 2020
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HOME ALONE BOOK
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SPAIN IS BROKEN
11 Catalan politicians sentenced to prison for political reasons.




NUART FESTIVAL 2018 / The road is lava.
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Drunking




Festival Ús Barcelona
2019



FOS PROJECT
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CUMUL COLLECTIVE
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Interventions

FEDRIGONI INSTALLATION
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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. MORE ︎︎︎


TURISME RURAL



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.


La Volta






We invented virtual realities of all kind, flying robots, space rockets and +800m height skyscrapers. We are capable of adapting human genes as we like, 1.80 cm tall with blue eye, we can go around the globe in just a few days and even take a walk on Mars. We are capable of doing what we want and, still, about 1.000 kids die every day because of diseases related to lack of hygiene and water sanitation. Is hard to believe, things like that keep on happening in today’s world and it hurts thinking it is because they are not on our priority list. Creativity has the power to find solutions. The problem, I believe, is that we are more creative when it comes to come out with new problemes. (its pineapple juice)
For the great initiative of #towardtomorrow




The Posttraumatic is a newspaper created by creatives and artists.

Why a newspaper? We believe that a newspaper is an important link between our social reality (built over the centuries by three-headed monsters and the occasional fairy godmother) and the individuals who live in it, because it is an essential communication element and because its content is a fucking drama almost always

When Ulrich Beck, a literate man, assures us that “the media does not respond to the inspiration of the enlightenment but to that of the market and capital” we can only read the news with a distrustful and defenseless frown. Uncle Sam manipulates us to his likings and we satisfy our appetites by feasting on his words as if they were cocaine-coated cookies that only serve to fatten the need to win over arguments at our neighbor’s dinner-table conversations. We do not know if the information we swallow is invented, bought, if they are news clippings curated by a 4channer´s paranoid imagination, or if it is an objective, absolute, eternal truth.
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Design Does Book
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PAINTINGS
Understanding the canvas as an object.
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LOOM FESTIVAL
Images for the LOOM manifest



Durant el confinament vaig fer una serie de pintures. Afortunadament es van vendre totes. Un cop col·locades a les caixes per a l’enviament, vaig decidir pintar les caixes a nous suports. També es van vendre i també els vaig enviar dins de noves caixes.


PERSONAL
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Editorial images for “El món d’ahir” magazine


Lockdown legs


Home sweet home.



Project for Elisava University.
Venice, 2019.


La Burra

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.



I was invited, along with Anna, Albert and Nil, to participate in the Ampparito’s exhibition "sobreexposicions i cura”. The project consists of the deconstruction of the flag as a symbol.

Destiny dirty banners, used as a wedge ... For this specific installation I wanted to create a flag that was not from any country but, at the sometime, it can be a lot of flags of different countries.
A flag generator with only a few seconds of glory for each one.




Urban bed.


L’home és un llop per l’home.


Inclusive flag.


Cúmul sculpture.


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