Adrià Julià has a multidisciplinary practice encompassing film installations, performance, sculpture, photography and printed material. His extensive projects examine the means of representation and reception of events of personal and collective historical dimensions, and the ways in which they function as documents of physical and psychological experiences. His elaborate installations are the result of investigating regulated and mediated behaviours, readapted and re-contextualized through performance – sometimes irrational, uncommon or even antisocial – and simultaneously evoke theatricality and truthfulness.
Adrià Julià (1974, Spain) lives and works in Maastricht and Los Angeles. He is currently an art researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. Solo exhibitions include Notes on the Missing Oh, Project Art Centre, Dublin, Ireland (2011); Indications for Another Place, Museo Tamayo, Mexico DF, Mexico (2010) and Ruins of Speech, Galeria Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, Spain (2010); A Means of Passing the Time, LA, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, USA (2006); La Villa Basque, Vernon, California, Artists Space, New York, USA (2005). Adrià was part of the group exhibition Melanchotopia, Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2011); Trust – Seoul Media City, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea (2010); Exile of the Imaginary, Politics / Aesthetics / Love, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria (2007) and participated in the 7a Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009) and the 9 Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, France (2007).
Three Artists Walk into a Bar…
Three Artists Walk into a Bar… is an exhibition that takes place outside of a gallery space, on television, radio, Internet, as performances and interventions in the street, in a supermarket, grocery store, public urinal, theatre, park, football stadium or cinema. Using the quality of humour to test the potential of art as a critical instrument for the analysis of social, political and cultural issues, this exhibition aims to build a community of peers, professionals and a variety of publics. The commitment to humour stems from a belief in its social quality; in its capacity to bring subversive voices and unexpected perspectives to mainstream awareness.
Between 13 April and 12 May 2012, more than fifty new works of art are produced – the result of an open invitation to students and residents of every graduate and post-academic fine art programme in the Netherlands. Participation implies three rules of engagement: the artists are asked to produce new works that make use of the critical potential of humour, realized outside of the gallery space and made public within the time frame of the exhibition period. The decision to work with peers has been motivated by the urge to gather a generation of young people who is directly affected by the impact of the current political attitude towards culture. It stems from the desire to produce a fertile ground for an unexpected multitude of voices to speak out in an open platform, towards the common will to respond and react, through art, to the challenges of the present time.
Three Artists Walk into a Bar… tests the multitude of possibilites and strategies for the distribution of art: whether the art works develop a one on one encounter, reach an unsuspecting public, or are visible to a mass, there will always be someone who ‘gets the joke’, with or without consent.
Curated by The Black Swan – participants of de Appel Curatorial Programme 2011/2012