Emboscada #1 Sergi Aguilar ©Natàlia Cornudella

Ambush #1: Sergi Aguilar

The first manifestation on the EINA BOSC: AMBUSHES program will be carried out by Sergi Aguilar (Barcelona, 1946), a visual artist and also a historical EINA professor from the recent decades.

Aguilar’s sculptural, graphic and photographic practice is marked by reflection on space, mass, emptiness and tensions in the structure, following the trail left by great figures such as Tony Smith or Jorge Oteiza. Geographical thinking and critical understanding of materials play and equally fundamental role in Aguilar’s work. His works have been exhibited and acquired by museums such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Kunsthalle Mannheim, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, the La Caixa Foundation and the Fundación Juan March, and has carried out numerous commissions for public spaces and historical building – that can be visited permanently in various cities in Catalonia. 

Continuing some of his works in steel and, in particular, the series of wedges and ramps that began in the eighties, Sergi Aguilar will realize a site-specific intervention in the Bosc building in collaboration with students of the EINA’s Master in Space Design. Following a workshop that will take place at the end of April, the project will be presented to the public in two open days, on May 8th and 15th of 2021, coinciding with the Barcelona Architecture Week.

In the text that accompanied his retrospective, presented at MACBA in 2015, Aguilar pointed out: “The permanent transit of a body, of bodies, whether animated or not, informs us that practically everything is in continuous change. Space and matter with their “thickness” are constantly offering live information , in real time, but it seems like we move and communicate better in what is not real, in simulation. Are we afraid of being exposed to the four winds?” This reflection takes specific connotations in times of digitalization and distancing, as well as in the framework of a building under constructions such as EINA Bosc: space in progress and exposed, in its current construction phase, “to the four winds”.

Emboscada #1 Sergi Aguilar ©Natàlia Cornudella
Emboscada #1 Sergi Aguilar ©Natàlia Cornudella
Emboscada #1 Sergi Aguilar ©Natàlia Cornudella
Emboscada #1 Sergi Aguilar ©Natàlia Cornudella

Information

Dates: May 8th and 15th, within the framework of the Barcelona Architecture Week
Location: EINA Bosc, Carrer del Bosc, 2, 08017 Barcelona