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Mònica Planes. Nivell Zero
6th July 2017 - 26th August 2017€4
In Act 38 at Nivell Zero, Mònica Planes shrinks the exhibition space down so that we can touch it with our hands and relate to it in different ways; she invites us to explore its possibilities in our head and peel back its many layers and characters. In short, she replicates it over and over again, stripping it down to its core structure, its zero state. In a world of images in the midst of a crisis of presence, she conjures up objects which become close-up images that connect with the environment that surrounds and contains us. In turn, these items equip us with tools to create our own place, like playing a wordless game of observation and associations.
Each of the pieces that furnish the gallery—from the most rigorously literal to the simplest and most geometrically abstract—talks of the site that contains it: Nivell Zero at the Fundació Suñol. But if we understand space as the arrangement of the items that occupy it, the artist here defines it through sculptural manipulations that both rearrange and transform it. In this way, her work intertwines sight and presence in a self-referential game in which architecture, model and object dress themselves up as one another and swap the appearances and properties that let us recognise them.