Home Home projects Projects Links Links

projects

the thought of stuff

introduction
images
essay
artists
gallery seminar
stuffed pepper


not nothing nowhere


Email mittencrab
admin@mittencrab.org

the thought of stuff
Esmeralda Valencia

Esmerelda Valencia Reindeer Fluctuation

Reindeer Fluctuation 2009, Mixed media, dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist


Presenting the mundane and the miraculous as interchangeable, Esmeralda Valencia’s work shows a concern for moments of climax or action – moments that could be ascribed the status of ‘an event’. A brass band might accompany the artist on her daily rounds, or a pantomime cat toy with wood. Diverse materials – from lottery tickets to cakes – combine with plain wooden structures – diagrams, supports or rationales? Objects, taking on a role comparable to that of props in film or theatre, become the evidence of – or instructions for – an often absurd situation. Apparently objective presentations – a graph? – a lecture? – seem to revel in eccentric obscurity inside their own visibility. In prompting such scenarios,
Valencia explores an underlying conflict between the desire to attract attention and the impulse to avoid being seen.

Esmeralda Valencia was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1983. She studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London between 2003 and 2007. Since graduating she has taken part in shows in Gothenburg, Stockholm and London. She is currently in her second year of postgraduate study at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Group shows / Performances

2010
2009
2009
2007
2008
2005

2005
2005
2005
2005
2007

Red Mansion Art Prize, Rochelle School, London
Premiums, Interim show, Royal Academy, London
Play, The Wallis Gallery, London
Collaborative performance with Julia Calver
9 From Slade, Fullersta Bio Konsthall, Stockholm
Frizzante, 176 Gallery, London, Collaborative performance with Julia Calver
The Spring Salon, Liljevalchs Museum of Art, Stockholm
Daily Thoughts, Daily Errands Performance with Mölndal Parade Orchestra, Gothenburg
Floating A public art exhibition in and around the central canal, Gothenburg



Copyright © 2011 mittencrab.org. All rights reserved.

Jonathan Callan
Adam Gillam
Wayne Lucas
Elizabeth Rosser
Jack Strange
Esmeralda Valencia
Alison Wilding



View catalogue (pdf)
Contact mittencrab to order hard copy