NoguerasBlanchard is pleased to announce 3x 5K6, a proposal by Rubén Grilo (Lugo, 1981) on the work of LUGÁN (Luis García Núñez, Madrid, 1929 - 2021) as part of the Barcelona Gallery Weekend.
The exhibition focuses on a single artwork, Mano térmica de artista [Artist's thermal hand] (1975), a modest but iconic cast and polished aluminum sculpture in the shape of a hand that is heated with the help of two small resistors. The sculpture is part of a series commissioned by Mario Fernández Barberá, one of the actors involved in the program organized around the IBM 7090 computer installed in Madrid in the late 1960s. Grilo's proposal consists of raising the temperature of the piece just a few degrees, a subtle intervention but one that establishes a radical relationship with it, hyper-corporeal, feverish, that speculates on the infectious nature of exhibiting the work of others.
Luis García Núñez, known as LUGÁN (Madrid, 1929-2021), is one of the most notable and least known artists in Spanish art. A technician by profession, his artistic career was linked to the Centro de Cálculo (Calculus Center) of the University of Madrid. His work emphasizes the material aspects of technology and our relationship with it through participation and the appeal to senses traditionally neglected in the visual arts, such as sound or touch.
* The University of Madrid reached an agreement with IBM to set up a computing center under the name Centro de Cálculos de la Universidad de Madrid (CCUM).
With many thanks to Fundació Suñol, Barcelona.