The beloved witness of Jehovah that embodies Chus Lampreave, the gazpacho with Orfidal that mixes Carmen Maura, the affaire with Shiite terrorists recounted by María Barranco or the "tirantez that of the virgins" that Rossy de Palma wore paraded between the emblematic scenes of Women at the edge of a nervous attack, one of Pedro Almodóvar's most successful comedies, distinguished with five Goya Awards and that last 2018 turned 30 years since its premiere.
The Gran Canaria artist Vesna González, under the pseudonym Vesna Pop Art, pays tribute to this film episode of post-Franco Spain with an exhibition that was published in the framework of the last edition of the Galdar Film Festival (FIC Gáldar), but which the artist "reinvents" in the Art Gallery of the Club THE PROVINCE.
Under the title Gáldar on the verge of a nervous breakdown, The exhibition brings together a set of 18 original works in the coordinates of the pop art and its multiple ramifications, such as neopop or Kitsch art. Although the poppy style and the eighties reminiscences structure the bulk of her pictorial work, the artist recognizes that her artistic imagery converges with the Almodovarian universe at multiple levels, such as in the use of bright colors, marked lines, light, silk-screen printing, the iconography of fashion or the combination of different aesthetics. "In this exhibition I tried to harmonize both worlds", reveals the artist, "but without leaving the tribute to the film because, as I paint every day, I research and invent continuously, so, sometimes, I have to stop".
Therefore, the exhibition proposes "a pictorial rereading of the film" that, at the same time, reveals the concomitances and affinities between both worlds. The creator herself is declared a staunch follower of the Manchego filmmaker, with whom she identifies in the traits of "strength, creativity and freedom" that her films distill. However, far from encapsulating the sample in the same proposal, Vesna González wanted to reformulate a section of the project to offer "an innovative part" with respect to the exhibition that she discovered in Gáldar last October. In this line, the artist highlights that "seven of the 18 pieces have been transformed into another type of pop art for this new exhibition at the Club LA PROVINCIA, because "you can not do art focusing on a work and pretending to die in it, but you have to be a little elastic and move the work in different formats and forms".
The only concession that goes beyond the almodovarian axis corresponds to a single piece that has integrated each of the exhibitions of Vesna Pop Art, "could be said as a superstition, although I'm not superstitious," he says. It is a work called Mr. Mocul, the first work he created in his studio and which frames a vagabond he met during his student days in Barcelona. This first piece in which he wanted to reinvent reality through color and light has completed each project of Vesna Pop Art, as a memorabilia of its beginnings. "From this work, I wanted my pictorial vision and my relationship with the viewer always to turn towards optimism," he reveals.
On the other hand, this reissue of the exhibition project opens the curtain this afternoon at an opening ceremony led by a simultaneous performance between the contemporary dance dancer Eva Álvarez and Vesna González herself: the first will set in motion an excerpt from the book The protagonist is him and, in parallel, the artist will develop on-site a live painting exercise, "in less than ten minutes." In reality, it is a way for people to see art in process, not only static, but in movement, "says the creator, who defends the praxis to give free rein to creative intuition, without previous scripts.
Although the origin of this Almodovarian trip lies in Gáldar, the goal of Vesna González is to move this project to Madrid, "where the Movida was born, with which I identify so much", she says. "I did not live the Movida Madrileña, but in both art and music, with the singer Manolo García as my absolute idol, I consider myself a total follower of this stage, and pop is my label and my fan."
In this sense, the artist recognizes that few creators are distinguished in the Canary Islands by frequenting the pop-art. Precisely, last 2018 learned that his work was studied at the El Puche Institute, in Almeria, where students built a project dedicated to his work. "In some aspects I've been lucky, but I also paint and cultivate my work every day," he says. After the show, his purposes for the year include book illustrations and commissioned works.