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A scene from the installation by Lara Fluxà

Landscapes of glass and engine oil through the art of Lara Fluxà

Her installation, which is titled ‘Verni’, can be seen at Espai 13 of the Joan Miró Foundation and is part of the cycle dubbed ‘A Monster Who Tells the Truth’.

"Verni" is a word used in Mallorca to describe the solidified oil waste that washes up on the coast from offshore oil tankers. Palma-based artist Lara Fluxà has chosen this motif as the title of an installation that can be seen at the Joan Miró Foundation until 6 January 2019 and which features two very different materials: glass and used motor oil. While the former conjures up associations with arts and crafts, we relate the latter with consumer society and industrial technology. In the words of the curator, Pilar Cruz, these two materials “enter into a relationship where the fluid taxes and stresses the solid; clearness receives and contains darkness, and both elements force their rules on one another”. The artist plays with the concepts of containment and potential catastrophe – as Cruz points out: “Pieces of glass contain and isolate us from toxicity, but glass is fragile, as much so as the biological balance”.

Verni is part of the cycle A Monster Who Tells the Truth, in which the participating artists question and strain the boundaries between disciplines to reflect on the dynamics of power that affect knowledge. The exhibition will also feature several parallel activities including a guided tour led by the artist and the curator at 6.30 pm on 29 November and a tour/performance with Fluxà and Ariadna Parreu at 8 pm on 20 December.

Additional information is available at the following link.

Publication date: Monday, 26 November 2018
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