Ian Waelder at Centro Párraga

Artist: Ian Waelder

Exhibition title: we feel untied, but why?

Curated by: Sonia Fernández Pan

Venue: Centro Párraga, Murcia, Spain

Date: July 6 – September 23, 2018

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist, Centro Párraga, Murcia and L21 Gallery, Mallorca

Note: Complete text by Sonia Fernández Pan can be found here

Can objects be separated completely from their original function? Does a function exist for that matter? And for space? Could form act, not as an attempt of domination of matter, but as a new possibility for the object? Which are the affective relations that establish between objects? Do they need each other? Does invisible matter exist? Or dysfunctional objects? Can we think of the sound from the materiality of contact between surfaces?

we feel untied, but why? is an exhibition where its elements reappropriate the space through the materials and objects, giving also attention to areas that could be seen as the “spatial rests of the exhibition planning”. we feel untied, but why? suggests , as well, a possible significance to the space where the materiality of transit appears thanks to materials and objects which change their location or position, that alter the function for which they were created, that occupy residual zones or even go unnoticed despite their big dimensions.

Bio

The artistic practice of Ian Waelder (1993) explores urban materiality from the perspective of memory using the means available to him, from photography to sound, including text, painting and sculpture. It is also the practice of a collector applied to the experiential: an investigation of the traces and marks people leave on objects and on the material environment.

He lives in Frankfurt am Main, where he is currently studying at the Städelschule (Prof. Peter Fischli, Haegue Yang, Mark von Schlegell —Pure Fyction—).

Recent exhibitions include solos at The Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki), L21 (Palma and Madrid), LOCAL Arte Contemporáneo (Santiago de Chile), and two-person and group shows at Salón (Madrid), Bacelos (Madrid) Ana Mas Projects (Barcelona), Fabra i Coats (Barcelona) and La Casa Encendida (Madrid).

He’s the co-founder of Printer Fault Press next to Óscar Florit; an art publisher focused in limited editions and books by artists, that seeks the collaboration and exchange between artists, theorists, curators and others.

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Ian Waelder, SHOELACE #01, 2018, Shoelace on wall, 27 x 60 cm

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Ian Waelder, A PIECE OF FLOOR WHERE WE USED TO DANCE, 2018, Removed wooden floor, 431 x 232 cm each (patch of new floor, and original floor on wall)

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Ian Waelder, A PIECE OF FLOOR WHERE WE USED TO DANCE, 2018, Removed wooden floor, 431 x 232 cm each (patch of new floor, and original floor on wall)

Ian Waelder, A PIECE OF FLOOR WHERE WE USED TO DANCE, 2018, Removed wooden floor, 431 x 232 cm each (patch of new floor, and original floor on wall)

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Ian Waelder, ONE KNEE MISSES THE OTHER, 2018, Found rest of a wooden chair and clay, 67 x 64 x 27 cm

Ian Waelder, ONE KNEE MISSES THE OTHER, 2018, Found rest of a wooden chair and clay, 67 x 64 x 27 cm

Ian Waelder, ONE KNEE MISSES THE OTHER, 2018, Found rest of a wooden chair and clay, 67 x 64 x 27 cm

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Ian Waelder, TIRED BECAUSE OF THE COUNTLESS STEPS IT RECEIVES, 2018, Black mat vinyl letters on wall, font: Neuzeit Book Heavy, 7,5 x 335 cm

Ian Waelder, THE EXPERIENCE OF A MOVEMENT THAT IS AWARE OF ITS MATERIALITY, 2018, Black mat vinyl letters on wall, font: Neuzeit Book Heavy, 7,5 x 362 cm

Ian Waelder, IN A SIMILAR WAY, SOME MEMORIES BECOME INTRUDERS, 2018, Black mat vinyl letters on wall, font: Neuzeit Book Heavy, 7,5 x 293 cm

Ian Waelder, A SLIPPERY WALL IN WHICH NOTHING SLIPS, 2018, Black mat vinyl letters on wall, font: Neuzeit Book Heavy, 7,5 x 233 cm

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Ian Waelder, I REMEMBER BETTER DAYS, 2018, Found iron bar, used old shoes, 29 x 237 x 15 cm

Ian Waelder, I REMEMBER BETTER DAYS, 2018, Found iron bar, used old shoes, 29 x 237 x 15 cm

Ian Waelder, I REMEMBER BETTER DAYS, 2018, Found iron bar, used old shoes, 29 x 237 x 15 cm

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Ian Waelder, A SLIPPERY WALL IN WHICH NOTHING SLIPS, 2018, Candle wax on wall, Close-up

Ian Waelder, A SLIPPERY WALL IN WHICH NOTHING SLIPS, 2018, Candle wax on wall, Variable dimensions

Ian Waelder, A SLIPPERY WALL IN WHICH NOTHING SLIPS, 2018, Candle wax on wall, Close-up

Ian Waelder, A SLIPPERY WALL IN WHICH NOTHING SLIPS, 2018, Candle wax on wall, Close-up

Ian Waelder, ALL MY SHOES (SPOOKY DRUMS NO. 1), 2018, 7:11 mins in loop. Stereo track, It plays the recording of throwing all his old used shoes down the stairs of the Centro Párraga building





Ian Waelder, All My Shoes (Spooky Drums No. 1), 2018, 7:11 mins in loop. Stereo track, It plays the recording of throwing all his old used shoes down the stairs of the Centro Párraga building.

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Ian Waelder, SHOELACE #03, 2018, Shoelace on wall, 21 x 28,5 cm

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Exhibition view: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Ian Waelder, COULD MEMORY ACT LIKE A LAYER OF WAX?, 2018, Black mat vinyl letters on wall, font: Neuzeit Book Heavy, 7,5 x 222 cm

Ian Waelder, IF THEY HAD FEELINGS IT’S POSSIBLE THEY MISSED EACH OTHER, 2018, Black mat vinyl letters on wall, font: Neuzeit Book Heavy, 7,5 x 405 cm

Exhibition views: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018

Exhibition views: Ian Waelder, we feel untied, but why? at Centro Párraga, 2018