Every art gallery and contemporary artist needs a web or a blog

Every art gallery and contemporary artist needs a web, a blog. It is an amazing form of communication.

Art Gallery Communication : Moises Yagües interview

Through comic and illustration Moises Yagues started to become interested in art professionally.  A step which has led to the Murcian artist exhibiting his work in Japan, Germany or Romania.  He offers us in Plastiké Art Gallery “I often make strange deductions” his latest series of prints.

What are we going to find in the exhibition “I often make strange deductions”?

It is a selection of pieces, prints produced between 2010 and 2012.  Pieces which are like short stories in which there are characters trying to survive the range of disasters which surround us, solitary people, a lot of passionate love, dreams…  It is a reflection of the human condition, personal relationships and social problems.

What is the common element and what characterises the exhibition?

In my work what stands out is the presence of characters in different situations who narrate short stories, and where there is an important element, the title.  There is also a common element, the technique with which I have produced the pieces, drypoint, printed in black ink and later worked on manually.

A truly personal world in print?

I really like working on paper, it has a special charm, for which reason I do a lot of drawing and printing.  Printmaking is a passionate field and still virtually unknown by many people.  In spanish art gallery field it is not sufficiently valued.

How do you understand art and what do you wish to communicate?

In a period as difficult as this, without a future, art is a weapon armed with criticism and irony.  I understand art as a game but one which has to be taken very seriously.  Art is also a way of reflecting on life, upon that which surrounds us, and one should speak about what they know about what concerns them.  Pieces do not speak, they invite us to share emotions. Watch Modern Art Exhibitions - Art Gallery Plastike -  Moises Yagues

Another of your series “To the other side” centres on the theme of frontiers.  Where did the idea come from?

The series arose in 2006, from a text from Manuel Rivas’ novel “El lápiz del carpintero” (The carpenter’s pencil).  One of his characters says: “The only good thing about frontiers are the clandestine steps.  It’s amazing what an imaginary line can do when drawn in bed by a senile king or drawn on the table by the powerful like someone playing poker.”  These phrases can, for me, be summarised in one “The best thing about frontiers are the clandestine steps”.  And from here arose the ideas which inspired the work.

What is the common element in this series?

The common element would be the theme of frontiers, the technique (woodcut, although I have worked with more modern materials like pvc) and the colour black.  This series shows us realities which we are not always prepared to look at, as Marisa Vadillo (professor of Art Seville University) says they are pieces “with just enough drama, and they tell us what happens in those places where nobody wants to go or return.”

The aesthetics of your work is on occasion… Close to poetry?

The pieces invite reflection through humour and ingenuity, not through explicit horror.  Woodcuts permit the onlooker to feel the heartrending nature of the theme but at the same time invite smiles and tenderness.

Your beginnings are strongly connected to a passion for comics and illustration.  What made you decide to dedicate yourself to creation professionally?

Comics and illustration have been, are and always will be.  For me it has been the way to introduce myself into art.  After I always like drawing and creating on my own account.  But it was with the series, “To the other side” when I knew printmaking that I saw the necessity to tell things I had inside and I wanted to dedicate myself to this professionally.  I was given some awards (National Calcography, Carmen Arozena, Museum of Marbella…), grants (Miró foundation, Estampa Fair) and artistic stays in Germany, Italy and China, which have for me been very important in terms of formation.  With the pieces in the series “To the other side” curious and important things have happened.  I was selected by the 28th biennial of Graphic art in Ljubljana (Slovenia), one of the most important in the world of printmaking, by Arte Lisboa (Lisbon Art), Estampa and it was selected for the book “Critical Mass: Printmaking beyond the edge” by Richard Noyce (a selection of 50 printmakers from around the world) and now in the fifth biennial IEEB5 in Bucharest (Romania).

You have also illustrated some children’s stories and books.  Another step?

In the last few years I have illustrated some books.  One of the books for the series “To the other side”, written and illustrated by myself, was a finalist in the IV International illustration awards in Compostela in 2011.  Now I am trying to get it published, but it’s a difficult topic for a young public.  “The finalist” (Ed M1C) will appear shortly, this is also produced using printmaking techniques.

entrevista-moises-yagues2As well as printmaking do you work in other disciplines…

My work is better defined by projects where the idea takes precedence over the technique and where I try to deal with topics and ideas close to our own experience.  For me, drawing, painting, illustration or printmaking are all equally important.  I am working a lot now with hybrid techniques: drawing, printing, painting and installation and I really like expanded painting, where the piece comes out of the frame.  Some of these pieces form a part of the IEEB5 biennial in Bucharest (Romania) and others I will present in JustMad this year.

Given the situation of the present crisis, art continues to play a fundamental role, which we should not forget…

Art is, almost certainly, of the least important the most important.  I believe in art as a medium for making us think, enjoy, transmit emotions… and which can fulfil a social function, by mirroring the problems of society (injustices, unjust social differences, misery, etc.), and helps us to get to know ourselves, to reflect on the society in which we live.  Man perceives things, is imaginative and is a creative being by nature and this makes him draw, design, photograph, make videos, comics…

What do you think of the path that many artists are taking of using on line galleries to make their work known?

It is another option and it allows you to reach a large number of people and widespread places.  The Internet forms an ever more important part of our lives and any art gallery or contemporary artist couldn’t stay apart from this.

Is there still a path to explore with regards to the Internet and new technologies?

We are at the outset but art and the Internet go hand in hand.  Every contemporary artist and art gallery needs to have a web, a blog.  It is an amazing form of communication.

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