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A primeros de mayo (Early May)

A primeros de mayo (Early May)

Fuentesal Arenillas

Benveniste Contemporary is pleased to present our first collaboration with Fuentesal Arenillas (Huelva, 1986 y Cádiz, 1989) titled A primeros de mayo, a series of original etchings, drypoints and photogravure printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary and co-produced with the artists.

Unfortunately, printmaking is not usually a part of the discovery of emerging artists. This condition has to do in large part with the economic circumstances of this medium, whose production costs easily equal, or sometimes even exceed, the value of the final results. We are therefore very often obliged to search for established artists with a wide itinerary with whom the value between the single and the multiple work disperses and softens the apparently never-ending and seemingly inevitable fetishist discussion about serial art. Never the less, occasionally we come across artists whose work stand out, both because of their originality and visual impact as well as their sheer talent, which fortunately pushes us to forget all about the established guidelines in order to get down to work and immediately produce new pieces with them.

Having published a 3-print portfolio with Fuentesal Arenillas last year 2021 for The Print Subscribers Club, (a biannual publication initiated in 1999 which aim to diffuse the work of both established and emergent contemporary artists), the results were so well received by our members that it immediately seemed evident to continue our collaboration, adding to these pieces a larger group of work, all of which we are very happy to present in our showroom from12 of February until 12 May, 2022.

Image Credit:

Urdimbre, II (detail)

Early May 


‘The process when designing a chair is more or less the same as that of designing clothing, causing a sensation in the workshop that all these cut-outs (patterns), accumulated and reviewed with pencil could be rapidly reassembled over and over again on different types of wood, composing other templates such as rocking chairs, small tables, shelves or even a city model. Each piece ends in different ways and with different curvatures in the upper part of the backrest, forming moderately sensual structures with which we rest and in which collections of fine lines and narrow gaps are articulated. There they are, hand made, covered with sawdust, plunged. Many of them made from magazine or publicity paper, revealing broken phrases and marks that guide the carving on the wood. In this series we talk about what happens before sculpture. A volume, produced via the very trade itself when performing it, where tools and materials come together, seized and settled just like the way a straw hat rests on our heads.’

Fuentesal Arenillas, Madrid, January 2022

Fuentesal Arenillas

A primeros de mayo

2022

125 x 100 cm. (unframed)

Photogravure and drypoint

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 12

€ 2.400,00 (unframed, excl. tax)

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Fuentesal Arenillas

Urdimbre V

2022

38 x 41,5 cm.

Drypoint

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 9

€ 500,00 (unframed, excl. tax)

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A primeros de mayo | exhibition view

Fuentesal Arenillas

Untitled I (tablillas)

2022

78 x 51 cm. (unframed)

Photogravure and drypoint

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 14

€ 1.000,00 (unframed, excl. tax)

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Fuentesal Arenillas

Untitled II (tablillas)

2022

78 x 51 cm. (unframed)

Photogravure and drypoint

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 14

€ 1.000,00 (unframed, excl. tax)

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The carpentry, 2021 photogravure and drypoint (detail)

Fuentesal Arenillas

Urdimbre III

2022

38 x 41,5 cm.

Drypoint

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 9

€ 500,00 (unframed, excl. tax)

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Fuentesal Arenillas

Urdimbre II

2022

38 x 41,5 cm.

Drypoint

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 9

€ 500,00 (unframed, excl. tax)

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General workshop view, Benveniste Contemporary, Madrid

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Urdimbre IV

Fuentesal Arenillas

2022

38 x 41,5 cm.

Drypoint

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 9

€ 500,00 (unframed, excl. tax)

Fuentesal Arenillas

Urdimbre I

2022

38 x 41,5 cm.

Drypoint

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 9

€ 500,00 (unframed, excl. tax)

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Fuentesal Arenillas

La habitación, el estudio, la carpintería

2021

38 x 32 cm. each (unframed)

Photogravure and drypoint

Printed and published by Benveniste Contemporary

Edition of 55

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Julia Fuentesal and Pablo M. Arenillas studied at the University of Fine Arts in Seville. They have lived and worked in London, Berlin and Madrid, where they currently reside. Their work explores the mischievous dimensions of artistic practice, with pieces that intersect autobiographical aspects with formal resources such as the double figure and repetition. In their work processes, wood has a privileged place, turning toward the trade as a reference. They have proposed everything between games with small pieces, to large panels, recovered beams, warm floors, sculptures or spaces, testing and finding stimulated forms for the gaze and the body likewise.

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