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  • Pere Bellès makes an abstraction of urban and architectural planimetric forms in order to create a new minimalist visual language strengthened by an intense colour scheme. This is his chosen method for transmitting his interpretation of spaces, times and histories. During his residency at Addaya Contemporary Art Centre he created Ideogrames and, later on, E51 UCD ALR, in which he investigates his own footprints, created when out running, and links them to the narration of the place and his own interpretation of the landscape.
  • fooprints, territory, architecture, abstraction, ideograms, languages, landscape.
  • Pere Bellès | Ideogrames, 2014 and E51 UCD ALR, 2015

    During his residency at the Addaya Contemporary Art Centre in Alaró, Mallorca, Spain, he created Ideogrames, in which he investigates his own footprints on the territory, those which he leaves when he goes running. On the basis of the ideogram concept, he analyses and discovers the essence of the place in order to create a series of circular pieces. The face of each piece displays a narration of the place and the artist’s interpretation of the landscape, while the reverse displays his footprint, created when out running. He has devised a word game in which certain pieces are missing. He makes his reading and the spectator must fill in the blanks. The work is completed by a video interview conducted with locals in order to gain knowledge of the stories and special features of the town of Alaró and its landscape.

    His sculpture E51 UCD ALR, in the form of a cross which in turn incorporates the form of a shoe, represents the fact that everybody has a cross to bear, while at the same time incorporating a material testimony that represents the industrial history of Alaró. A qualified memory on the basis of which we measure the experience we acquire over our lives, an inseparable backpack which contains all that we have lived, our consciousness and our memories.

    Ideogrames, 2014

    Installation

    24 circular pieces with a diameter of 21 cm. ø x 11 cm (various materials) and an 8-minute video

    Varying sizes

    Pere Bellès - E51 UCD ALR, 2015

    E51 UCD ALR, 2015

    Wood, acetate, form and wire

    205 x 80 x 30 cm

    Creative process. Runkeeper

    Pere Bellès - procès runkeeper
    interview
    biography

    Pere Bellès

    Terrassa, 1965
    Lives and works in Cadaqués

    Pere Bellès is interested in landscape and materials. He interprets the footprints we leave in places. As he says himself, “I don’t invent anything. My work always takes an existing footprint as its starting point, the forms generated by human beings in the territory, forms that have been created in order to fulfil a function.”

    He makes an abstraction of urban and architectural planimetric forms in order to create a new minimalist visual language boosted by an intense colour scheme. Through abstraction and creative methodology he participates in the contemporary paradigm of work related to archives, documentation, reviews and compendia. By decontextualising the urban fabric he manages to turn it into abstract paintings or sculptures that conceal their origin and may not retain any identifiable element. By applying this method he produces his interpretation of spaces, times and histories concealed by places, cities and territories. He searches for specific elements that enable him to translate into a visual and abstract language that which (for him) defines each place.

    The result is meticulous work which incorporates a wide variety of materials (paint, paper, wood, steel, light…) and in which colour plays a highly prominent role as a vivid, minimalist and contrast-rich element. This work is strongly attracted by the creative and formal world of architecture. He has produced graphic works, large-format sculptures, murals or small objects which he tends to produce in series in order to organise and visualise the creative process.

    His work has been exhibited a Son Tugores, Alaró (2015), at Empordà Museum, Spain (2013); at the Centre for Catalan Studies of the Sorbonne University, Paris, France (2014); at the Iturria Gallery, Cadaqués, Spain (2013); at Les Bernardes, Salt, Spain (2013); at Cardedeu Museum, Spain (2011-2012); and at the facilities of the Architects’ Association of Barcelona, and Galería ASM28, Madrid (2010). He has shown his work in individual exhibitions in Japan (Osaka), France (Dieulefit) and Spain (Girona, Pamplona, Barcelona, Madrid, Cadaqués, Casavells, Sabadell, Castelló de la Plana, Roses, Sant Martí d’Empúries, Tossa de Mar, Pals, Vilanova del Vallès, L’Escala and Terrassa). He has participated in collective exhibitions in Sweden, Japan, Dubai and Spain (Vitoria-Gasteiz, Girona, Madrid, Valencia, Vigo, La Jonquera, Cadaqués, Portbou and Sitges). He has exhibited his work at several venues in Spain: the Fontana d’Or, Girona; the Iu Bohigas Library, Salt; the Santa Mònica Art Centre, Barcelona; the Association of Architects, Girona; and the Higher Technical School of Civil Engineering, Barcelona.

    His work was exhibited as part of the “Cardedeu with contemporary art” programme 2011 and he has received the 2011 Spring Grant of L’Escala Town Council; the Creative Grant of the National Council of Arts and Culture of Catalonia (2010); the Agita Grant of Figueres City Council (2010); a special mention at the Art Biennial of Riudebitlles (2006); and the Cadaqués Miniprint International Engraving Award (2004).