Plataforma Hall (1st floor).
Medium: drawing, paint and sculpture.
Curator: Jabier Villarreal
Dates: 18 April - 1st June (2008).
Harri Larunbe's project is an image project. Trompe l'oeil, simulation, deception. Seen in this way, it seems like a tale of figures that emerge through the fog, or that suffered from the luck of being dazzled by an energy placed in front of them.
Real people -like in an ad for cosmetics- that have been trapped on a street completely off guard. They are pedestrians, citizens, travellers captured by the spy's camera. And in the artist's studio, they become drawings confronted with the pictorial medium; shadows in the X and Y planes.
Like in an inspection of the obscure Renaissance camera, they are insinuated images on the screen. Something that reminds us of those that appear on the bedroom ceiling, through the blinds, on a lazy summer afternoon.
While looking at the project, it is impossible not remember Canogar or Xabier Morras from 30 years ago.
In addition, it is a figures project on the wall project (at the moment of being) trapped, gobbled up, devoured. Before the scene pictured, the observer is enticed to look behind to find out where the cannibal comes from, and what they find is another figure that penetrates, this time in the opposite direction. This shock rearranges the work and focuses our attention on the white, 10-millimetre thick medium. A medium converted into an "energy condenser" that contains what we do not see and is deeper under the surface.
From the surface to the X, Y and Z planes. Because the wall-container is nothing but a staging panel. Forests of panels that organize the exhibition space, but hope to be assembled to form a cube. Bricolage to create a new device and prolong the work's possible trajectory.
Space and Time.
Compressed space and time frozen in 10 mm. Expanded space and prolonged time for the spectator. Loop in space and time running in circles. A box within a box. Broken down box or just about to be put together. Black Huarte cube and white Huarte cube.
Compressed space and time. Expanded space and time. A space and time that are contemporary spaces and times. Globalization and the vernacular culture, those from the garden and those from the telly, those that go to their village for festival and those that go to Cancun on the weekend.
Harri Larunbe, from Huarte, belongs to that new generation of youths that have focussed their effort on a solid education in the field of visual arts. Far, very far from the outdated visions of an artist as self-taught heroes that only answer to their own impulses.
His studies at the University of the Basque Country's Faculty of Fine Arts and at the Kunst Universität of Linz (Austria) reflect this. His work has been honoured in local competitions and exhibited in several collective exhibits.
He is an artist that begins in a world that is not always easy, although he does it with good preparation, his projects and sensitivity. We wish him the best of luck.
Jabier Villarreal Armendariz