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Rubén Grilo (Lugo, 1981) uses his work as a tool to explore the mechanics of subjectivity: how it is constituted, where its limits lie and what is its potentiality. His work often makes reference to the thresholds of perception, to the scale of the human body, to the mechanics of affect and to narratives that culturally reinforce the myth of the subject, such as creativity, personality or style. Although many of these elements appear on a recurring basis and some of his pieces are formulated with strong internal logic, Grilo deliberately avoids interpretation. On the contrary, his work can be understood as a changing and autonomous system in tension with the environment, time and space in which it is exhibited. His installations invite us to review the artificial separation between text and context, between interior and exterior, between experience and knowledge, between information and noise.

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Selected Works

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Mongrels

2019

Air-brushed and hand-painted polyurethane cast plastic elements mounted on a brushed stainless steel tray

179 x 83 x 4.5 cm (70 1532 x 32 1116 x 1 2532 inches)

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Orbe

2021

Vertical 4K video in loop

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High Five Zara (The Happy)

2018

Laser washed and laser cut indigo denim stretched on aluminum frame, snap buttons, stitchings

93.5 x 118 cm (36 1316 x 46 1532 inches)

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5 Green & Black's Thin Milk Chocolate 8 Bites, 5 Niederegger Lubeck Marzipan Classic 10 Bites, 2 Kit Kat 16 Bites, etc.

2016

Tinted hard plastic, magnets, aluminum foil, powder-coated steel sheet

179 x 73 x 2.6 cm (70 1532 x 28 34 x 1 132 inches)

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Pattern Free. Ripped from Zara, Indigo Version I

2013

Laser washed and ripped denim replicating worn jean patterns from Zara, metal structure and hair ties

208 x 93 x 36 cm (81 78 x 36 58 x 14 532 inches)

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Truth Window A3

2017

Carved wall, pressed phenolic foam, polyurethane resin, iron, zinc, paint, epoxy, cork and fiberglass

68 x 64 x 4 cm (26 2532 x 25 316 x 1 916 inches)

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Laser #25

2021

Laser animation, laser projector, controller, wall mount, cable

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1 Milka Avellanas Enteras 32 Bites (Aprox), 3 Lindt 30 Bites, 1 Smarties Sharing Block 16 Bites, 4 Kit Kat 16 Bites, 5 Nestle Aero 28 Bites, 3 Green & Black`s Thin Milk Chocolate 8 Bites, 4 Valor 11 Bites and 2 12 Bites, 3 Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations Cookie Nut Crunch 16 Bites, 2 Reese ́s Filled with Peanut Butter 15 Bites, 4 Niederegger Lubeck Marzipan Classic 10 Bites, 2 Galaxy Smooth Milk 42 Bites

2016

Tinted hard plastic, magnets, aluminum foil, powder-coated steel sheet, rivets

179 x 73 x 2.5 cm (70 1532 x 28 34 x 3132 inches)

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To Whom it May Concern

2016

Plastic, PVC sheaths, cork, polyurethane resin on extruded polystyrene, polypropylene cord, plaster of adobe, straw bales and pallet

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Dvt is de garen mathe (para Hildesheim)

2014

Laser-cut indigo denim mounted on plasterboard

180 x 120 cm (70 78 x 47 14 inches)

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U-Scr "YooScreen" from "Screen Alphabet"

2011

High-gain screen projection foil stretched on painted steel tube

60 x 50 x 38 cm (23 58 x 19 1116 x 14 3132 inches)

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Here, There, Mirror, Hole Through, Against. Snake and Mouth

2010

Poster, wooden shelf, laser cut acrylic mirror, plywood and plexiglas

84 x 118 cm (33 116 x 46 1532 inches)

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The benefit of Ignorance

2008

Found objects, glass vitrines and plinths

Installation

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Indigo Eye, 2019
CentroCentro, Madrid

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Proof of Concept, 2016
Union Pacific, London

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La Collection mise à nue par ses artistes, même, 2016
La Maison de La Vache Qui Rit, Lons-le-Saunier

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, 2015
Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM–), Graz

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Gasworks’ Residencies, 2015
Gasworks, London

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Cuando las líneas son tiempo, 2015
Espai 13, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona

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Mit eigener Hand, 2014
Kunstverein, Hildesheim

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PowerPoint Karaoke, 2013
MARCO, Vigo

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The Need For Speed, 2013
CIRCA Projects, Newcastle

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Material World, 2013
Nest, The Hague

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RijksakademieOPEN, 2011
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

Exhibitions

Flatland

Barcelona
Jan 13 - Mar 23, 2018

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Solo

Madrid
Nov 19 - Jan 14, 2017

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WATCHDOG-LAPDOG-PLAYDOG

Barcelona
Apr 02 - May 07, 2016

“The press is a watchdog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can’t be right all the time. He doesn’t bark only when he sees or smells something that’s dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.” -Dan Rather (American journalist and a former anchor for CBS Evening News)

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Sudden Glory

Madrid
Sep 20 - Nov 10, 2012

NoguerasBlanchard opens its new space in Madrid with an exhibition of new work by Rubén Grilo (Lugo, 1981), the artist’s first exhibition in the gallery.

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Ref. 08001

Barcelona
Jun 10 - Jul 31, 2010

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