Pepo Salazar

Pepo Salazar

France 1972

Installation, Sculpture

Pepo Salazar
Pepo Salazar
May 17, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

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.

Pepo Salazar - The Subjects (Installation view), 2015 pavilion project press ruiz dalí artsy vitoria
Pepo Salazar – The Subjects (Installation view), 2015

Iconoclastic Imagery

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.

Pepo Salazar’s single piece is often comprised of several different media

Pepo Salazar - The Subjects (Installation view), 2015 pavilion project press ruiz dalí artsy vitoria contact biennale venice spanish
Pepo Salazar – The Subjects (Installation view), 2015

True Meaning of Words

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.

Pepo Salazar lives and works in Paris.

Featured image: Pepo Salazar. All images credit the artist.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016 SEAC. Selección de Euskadi de arte de concepto Artium Museum, VitoriaGasteiz, ESSolo
2016 ARCO 2016 Madrid, ESSolo
2016 Pepo Salazar SABOT Gallery, Cluj, ROSolo
2015 Los sujetos (w CabelloCarceller and Francesc Ruiz Solo
2015 Pepo Salazar, Hit Me Baby One More Time Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, NLSolo
2015 My pre-post End (and bla bla bla, zzzz) Box 27 - Casal Solleric, Palma de Mallorca, ESSolo
2015 Expansión a la ciudadanía Trastero 109, Palma de Mallorca, ESSolo
2012 Time of emergencies Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, ESSolo
2011 When cut across the neck a sound like wailing winter wind is heard Leyendecker Gallery, Tenerife, ESSolo
2011 Descendents The Black Pillar, Madrid, ESSolo
2009 Forgotten children conform a new faith. Pepo Salazar Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, NLSolo
2009 Pepo Salazar, Rats live on no evil star Galeria Casado Santapau, Madrid, ESSolo
2008 Pepo Salazar Walk among us Solo
2006 Rich bitch with stinking slit Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam, NLSolo
2005 Pepo SalazarDaniela Wolfer Solo
2004 18591372-n. V. 2 Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Studio 1, Berlin, DESolo
2003 I scream icecream Galería Luis Adelantado, Valencia, ESSolo
2003 Gure Artea Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, ESSolo
2002 8591372-N Galería Trayecto, Vitoria-Gasteiz, ESSolo
2001 Of sth. to do sth. that. Bejewelled corpse Sala de Cultura Carlos III, Pamplona, ESSolo
2016 Transformer Upstreamgallery, Amsterdam, NLGroup
2016 Reset Priska Pasquer Galerie, Köln, DEGroup
2016 No Song to Sing Adn platform, Barcelona, ESGroup
2016 The trick in the smile Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz, ESGroup
2015 Punk Its traces in contemporary art Group