##24/7 Valencia: Could you tell us more about this new exhibition?

BOMBAS GENS: “The Fundació Per Amor a l’Art (FPAA) has presented this morning, at Bombas Gens Art Centre, the exhibition “Juan Uslé. Eye and landscape”. The exhibition offers “a unique opportunity” to look at an exceptional group of works that are the result of forty years and different stages in the artist’s career, as Bombas Gens artistic director, Sandra Guimarães, has underlined.

Sandra Guimarães has offered more detailed information on the exhibition alongside Juan Uslé, Susana Lloret, vice-president of FPAA, and the consultant of the Per Amor a l’Art Collection, Vicente Todolí, who has also co-curated the exhibition with Nuria Enguita.

Susana Lloret, FPAA vice-president, has insisted on the important role of art during these times: “Sharing these works feels very satisfactory because we have never pursued the acquisition of artworks to keep them in a warehouse. Art is a form of communication, therefore, it needs to interact with people to communicate, to move, to surprise, or even to provoke the audience. In the present circumstances, we believe that it essential to cause reactions that go beyond the hard and puzzling everyday, focusing on something stimulating such as art and the artist, in this case, Juan Uslé”.

“Juan Uslé. Eye and landscape”, which remains open until September, brings a selection of works made by the artist from the end of the eighties, including a few pieces that correspond to the series Soñé que Revelabas, which part of them were made in the last ten years. The exhibition is the result of a research on Uslé’s works in the Per Amor a l’Art collection, whose consultant, Vicente Todolí, has acknowledged “the profound research on the long career of such an internationally renowned artist, who is present in the exhibition not only with works from our collection but also through various loans from other institutions, private collectors or the very artist”.

The first works, which date back to the 80s, show the period where Uslé begins to problematize the relation between landscape, vision and mind, between abstraction, robust brushstrokes and watercolours. In the 90s he starts questioning the pictorial language with those bright colour landscapes that combine gesture and geometry. The exhibition closes with his latest period, where a series of intimate self-portraits and drawings function as annotations or tests.

Juan Uslé (Santander, 1954) is an internationally renowned artist from Spain, awarded in 2002 with the National Award for the Arts of the Ministry of Culture. His exhibition at Bombas Gens displays Uslé’s works from the Per Amor a l’Art Collection, which keeps supporting its artists through individual exhibitions and publications.“

Report by 24/7 Valencia team

Photo at Bomba Gens: Vicent Todoli, Susana Lloret, Juan Uslé, Sandra Guimaràes

The Fundació Per Amor a l’Art is a private and familiar foundation that deploys its artistic, social and research-driven activity in the restored former factory of Bombas Gens, in Valencia. The Foundation develops the artistic domain through the Bombas Gens Art Centre. The Social Area fosters the social integration mission of the Foundation, focusing on the support of underage children in risk of exclusion and people with acquired brain injuries. Moreover, the Wilson Team promotes the research and divulgation of rare diseases, in particular the Wilson’s disease.

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