There’s far more to art than its initial impression on the senses. Although people might rather witness an enticing piece of artwork, artists doubtlessly perform a certain kind of exploration in their work, conveying a message regardless of which side of the beauty it stands on. However, some delve into the rebellious offset of art, casting aside the visual and auditorial allure in order to explore deeper meanings of subjects of their work. Pepo Salazar is one such artist of Spanish origin, working with a number of media in order to convey and explore certain thematic through his art.
Forming his artistic practice around several different methods of portrayal, Pepo Salazar focuses more on the attitude of the piece and what it is referring to than the physical form it will assume. In an anti-aesthetic, direct manner, his display of a single piece is often comprised of several different media, some of which include soundscapes, assemblages, installations and performances made out of video, sound, metal, fluorescent tubes, and other various materials. Assaulting the senses with an overflow of information, the artist successfully creates confusion as he references a number of social phenomena, largely the influence of mass media and consumer culture in contemporary times. Inspired by the punk culture and its iconoclastic imagery, Salazar’s work provides a critical point of view and stimulates thoughts in those that perceive it.
Although he mixes in a lot of different elements in his work, a constant that reoccurs in each one is the manipulation of words. Permeating his art through all of its various media, wordplay assists the confusion of the overlapping layers of information as Salazar plays with their meaning, position, and form. With a number of both solo and group exhibitions behind him, as well as having been included in the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, Pepo Salazar pushes his practice forward providing us with more stunning and unexpected artwork.
Featured image: Pepo Salazar. All images credit the artist.
|2016||SEAC. Selección de Euskadi de arte de concepto||Artium Museum, VitoriaGasteiz, ES||Solo|
|2016||ARCO 2016||Madrid, ES||Solo|
|2016||Pepo Salazar||SABOT Gallery, Cluj, RO||Solo|
|2015||Los sujetos (w Cabello||Carceller and Francesc Ruiz||Solo|
|2015||Pepo Salazar, Hit Me Baby One More Time||Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, NL||Solo|
|2015||My pre-post End (and bla bla bla, zzzz)||Box 27 - Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, ES||Solo|
|2015||Expansión a la ciudadanía||Trastero 109, Palma de Mallorca, ES||Solo|
|2012||Time of emergencies||Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES||Solo|
|2011||When cut across the neck a sound like wailing winter wind is heard||Leyendecker Gallery, Tenerife, ES||Solo|
|2011||Descendents||The Black Pillar, Madrid, ES||Solo|
|2009||Forgotten children conform a new faith. Pepo Salazar||Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, NL||Solo|
|2009||Pepo Salazar, Rats live on no evil star||Galeria Casado Santapau, Madrid, ES||Solo|
|2008||Pepo Salazar||Walk among us||Solo|
|2006||Rich bitch with stinking slit||Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, NL||Solo|
|2005||Pepo Salazar||Daniela Wolfer||Solo|
|2004||18591372-n. V. 2||Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Studio 1, Berlin, DE||Solo|
|2003||I scream icecream||Galería Luis Adelantado, Valencia, ES||Solo|
|2003||Gure Artea||Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES||Solo|
|2002||8591372-N||Galería Trayecto, Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES||Solo|
|2001||Of sth. to do sth. that. Bejewelled corpse||Sala de Cultura Carlos III, Pamplona, ES||Solo|
|2016||Transformer||Upstreamgallery, Amsterdam, NL||Group|
|2016||Reset||Priska Pasquer Galerie, Köln, DE||Group|
|2016||No Song to Sing||Adn platform, Barcelona, ES||Group|
|2016||The trick in the smile||Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, ES||Group|
|2015||Punk||Its traces in contemporary art||Group|