A potent take on the contemporary reality of Barcelona
There is always something new and exciting going on in Barcelona and today it is the opening of the first pop-up gallery of Spanking Projects featuring BCN artist Mantteka aka Xavier Puerta’s showing his potent take on the contemporary reality of Barcelona. Mantteka uses his abilities as an artist and mathematician to investigate the abstract structures that underlie reality.
Barcelona artist Mantteka aka Xavier Puerta
In Mantteka’s vision art must serve as a wake-up call, projecting sensations and emotions that provoke a reflection on society and our own mental architecture, including our hidden desires and calculations too. Being conscious of this make us a little more free, but also allows us to break down boundaries and conventions to address the real issues of social injustice to make a better world possible. Art, according to Mantteka, is either subversive or revolutionary and if it is not, it falls back to the category of just being decorative. He wants to shake things up, both individually and collectively, to investigate the domain of remote interaction and social organisation that distances us from our very own humanity.
First pop-up gallery of Spanking Projects
Mantteka’s and the Spanking Projects PopUp gallery works as an invitation to examine the social and personal structures we use to interact with each other. Sex and politics are the two extreme poles of this interaction. The exhibition lays out an emotional journey that might take you anywhere from the intimacy of the sexual to the remote detachment of the political. The lack of human dignity, the loss of dignity especially in childhood, but also in the way that society is organised, concerns Mantteka.
A touch of satire and humour
To (re)discover these human values and to expose the underlying structures Mantteka uses different tools, materials and techniques to express the uniqueness of the journey in the object itself. The political pole par example is expressed in bold aerosol street art. He also adds a touch of satire and humour to his installations to reveal the sadness, passion, hatred, love, outrage, laughter we share.
Spanking Projects’ mission is support both street and contemporary artists
Mantteka’s works are on the very same frequency as pop-up and itinerant gallery Spanking Projects and no wonder Spanking Projects starts their first ever PopUp gallery with this versatile artist. Spanking Projects’ mission is to match-make, produce and support both street and contemporary artists who show pure passion and are authentic,“because there are so few authentic people on this earth”. Spanking Projects wants to be controversial, perhaps provocative, but always firmly rooted in the belief that not only is a better world possible, it’s our duty to awaken and take action.” The first pop-up gallery of Spanking Projects is located in the trendy Born district, next to the Born Cultural Centre. In the future other exhibitions will be popping up in other venues around Barcelona and possibly the rest of Europe, as the Spanking Projects collective want to push the boundaries through innovative collaborations “por el amor del arte”.
PopUp gallery opening May 14 at 6:00 pm till May 31 10:00 pm
Spanking Projects PopUp Gallery is in The Basement of El Rendez Vous Cocktail Bar
Carrer de la Fusina, 6
08003 (BORN) Barcelona