Arantxa Etcheverria - Given a Random Point, solo project at Atelier 35 Bucharest

Given a Random Point

Or about the imponderability of a point


The point as a form of ultimate abstraction. Stripped of materiality or dimension.

Actually, has anyone ever seen a point?

Although it represents a basic concept of geometric analysis, when subjected to individual analysis, we realize that the point lacks any sort of content. (F. Klein, Elementary Mathematics from an Advanced Standpoint: Geometry). By the way, about the point, ever since Euclid, we know that it has no parts.

A void full of meaningful at the intersection between mathematical nominalism and idealism, between geometry and philosophy, the point is all around us and yet nowhere. If two worlds were to intersect in a single point, they could have everything or nothing in common.

Such a point can be found inside the eyeball, where the image of the world is inverted to then be projected upside down on the retina.

Situated uncertainly inside the pupil this point may glide depending on the plane of sight. This comprises two worlds – one that lies ahead of us and one beyond our sight, yet remaining outside of it.

Let’s call it the-point-in-which-the-gaze-contains-itself.

A big-bang moment inside being: in which the image of the whole gathers in a miniscule point to then explode and make all the sense we give to the world.

In this point, the entire content captured by vision acquires the same value on the same informational plan – the material blends in with its shadow, and emptiness is confused with fullness.

So here we are in a paradoxical situation: the point, lacking any content, becomes the material manifestation of a bipolar representation.

Arantxa Etcheverria creates a series of geometric situations, intercepting instances of immanence in everyday life. Forms of conjunction between light and shadow, brought together in the same bidimensional plan.

Given a Random Point functions as a waiting room for a new state of consciousness.



Baril won Guido Carbone Prize, Artissima 2014


Torino 8 novembre 2014

Il Premio Guido Carbone New Entries 2014 è stato istituito da Artissima nel 2006 ed è riservato alle gallerie della sezione New Entries, le giovani realtà con meno di cinque anni di attività presenti per la prima volta in fiera.

La giuria internazionale del Premio Guido Carbone New Entries 2014 - composta da Adam Budak, Direttore Collezioni e Mostre, National Gallery, Prague, Stefan Kalmár, Direttore Esecutivo e Curatore, Artists Space, New York, Bettina Steinbrügge, Direttrice, Kunstverein, Hamburg, Laura Viale, artista, in rappresentanza della famiglia Carbone, Brussels - ha assegnato con parere unanime il Premio Guido Carbone, alla galleria :BARIL, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

I membri della giuria hanno molto apprezzato l’alta qualità delle proposte di tutta la sezione New Entries e hanno ritenuto che la galleria :Baril si sia particolarmente distinta per l’allestimento dalle dinamiche fortemente originali e per la sua unicità, coraggio e ambizione.

Inoltre la galleria è stata premiata per il lavoro di ricerca e per la promozione delle nuove generazioni di artisti e della creatività emergente.