Rafel G. Bianchi:
'Tira cómica'

Tue 6 June – Fri 28 July, 2006. Barcelona


Tira cómica

Rafel G. Bianchi (Olot, 1967) presents its first exhibition in NoguerasBlanchard under Comic Strips. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a metal structure from which hang three swings joined by a central axis, titled An Englishman, a Frenchman and a Spanishman. The second part of the exhibition revolves around a series of paper that recreate all the elements of a minigolf.

An Englishman, a Frenchman and a Spanishman is the representation of a conflict. Swing structure only allows sharing if you have previously agreed between the three users. With the title of the piece, Bianchi refers to the beginning of the classic joke where the three actors involved in common action but usually with mixed results. The staging in the space of a recreational activity where the viewer as an active participant can not avoid coming to form part of it. The visual game, thread in the work of Rafel G. Bianchi, is reflected in An Englishman, a Frenchman and a Spanishman in building a structure that at first seems unusable. The feeling of surprise and confusion at a seemingly situation but rather contradictory are overcome by streamlining the problem, once removed the risk, conflict disappears. A drawing of three vignettes form a comic strip complete the An Englishman, a Frenchman and a Spanish project. Bianchi stages a graphic joke in which a character (a caricature of the artist himself) plays an emotional journey in each vignette, the questioning of frustration, repeating the same situation in which the players are on the swings.

Minigolf is a project that shows the process of creating a game of paper cutouts which refer to the game of minigolf. The development of all the elements that make up the scene have been drawn and colored by hand, showing the interest of Rafel G. Bianchi in error and error correction. The inevitable and irreversible errors that occur forcing the artist to incorporate from a poetic and / or metaphoric perspective or redraw the image. Bianchi for this method is an enrichment of discursive result, although not formal, work on expanding their reading and therefore their senses. The final product of this process are cut-sheets photocopied and placed on a table, where the viewer can take them and once the exhibition, printed from a website. In this sense, the artist makes a displacement of the drawing, creative space which is associated trace of the artist, for display via analog and popular format, such as photocopying and finally present it in its digital version.

 

Everything in the recent production of Bianchi has a playful and absurdity. The artist thus expressed concern about the position of the artist in society and questions its relation to art institutions. The self-portrait caricature often recurs in his work, as we see in this exhibition in his drawing Jester. Bianchi expressed in these works a sense of disorientation and frustration in not only the artist but also the human being in general is immersed.

Rafel G. Bianchi has recently exhibited at Altadis, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2005) and Drawings Today, CAC, Malaga (2004).
Currently she lives in Barcelona.