Nothing to Say

14 Feb — 24 Mar 2017 at Galería Miguel Marcos in Barcelona, Spain

13 FEBRUARY 2017
Chema Cobo, Speak spook, 2014, Óleo sobre lienzo, 159 x 157 cm. Courtesy of Miguel Marcos gallery
Chema Cobo, Speak spook, 2014, Óleo sobre lienzo, 159 x 157 cm. Courtesy of Miguel Marcos gallery

Miguel Marcos gallery presents Nothing to Say from February 14th to March 24th, an exhibition of the most recent creation of Chema Cobo (Tarifa, Cadiz 1952), who returns again to Barcelona after six years.

This exhibition shows a selection of works whose central nucleus is the series of Nothing, empha- sizing also Speak Spook or Words are overrated. Shaped in oil on canvas, through a uid and precise brushstroke, vehement gesture and an absolute mastery of drawing, the artist invi- tes the viewer to an intellectual game in which he must inquire the symbolism of an aesthetic propose whose meaning is based on the absence of an issue, in fact, a motivation or an effect.

Chema Cobo develops under the prism of the philosophy the concept of nothingness. The absence or non-existence of objects, as habitual de nition, becomes new works in the existential void of our opulent society, through the guration, situated in a surrealistic context, with the use of a chroma- tic range of pastel shades, apparently bright, but actually forming part of a hallucinogenic nebula.

Throughout his artistic career, the artist has exhibited in numerous art spaces, besides ha- ving works in important public and private collections, standing out the Kuntsmuseum of Bern (Switzerland), Galeria Nazionale d’Arte Contemporáneo de Roma (Italy), Metropolitan Mu- seum of Art in New York, Frederick Waisman Collection of Los Angeles, both in the USA, the Reina Sofia Museum and the collection of contemporary art of Fundació la Caixa in Spain.