Beatriz Olabarrieta's work is all about communicative errancy — the space of misbehaving words and images. She makes installations with text, objects and images where each component retains a certain elasticity. Rarely anything is fixed or glued and the work has a literal and metaphorical mobility. Speech is (mis)translated into textual and material acts, and there is a conversational and sociable tone between the various components in her installations. The sculptures are logographic and diagrammatic, continually pointing outwards to other things. There is a lexicon of simple and suggestive shapes. The profile of a face and onomatopoeic forms. The installations are often accompanied by sounds that merge static, and somatic references. The body belches and breathes as do the sculptures. There is a constellatory quality to the work with elements pushed to the edge of legibility.
- George Vasey
Beatriz Olabarrieta (Bilbao, 1979) lives and works between London and Berlin. She holds...a degree in Philosophy from the University of Deusto, another in Sculpture from the Wimbledon School of Art (London) and a master's degree in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art (London). Her solo exhibitions include: Stay Twice, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld, Germany (2019); Faces, Espai 13, Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona, Spain (2019); Ask the Dust, Museum of Contemporary Art of Santa Barbara, California, USA (2018-19); New Clear Family, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Germany (2018); The only way out is in, The Sunday Painter, London, UK (2017); Book! Don't tell me what to do, Parallel Oaxaca, Mexico City, Mexico (2017); Dumb Bells, Saturdays Live, Serpentine Galleries, London, UK (2016); Cosmic Clap, MOT International, London; UK (2015); Motor Motor, Praxis, Artium, Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (2012). Recently, she was part of the curatorial project Absolute Beginners at CentroCentro, Madrid, Spain (2020).
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