Residency and exhibition in Art3, Valence, France, in October and November 2021. Thanks to the collaboration of art3 and the support of Institut Ramon Llull and Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Un trou dans la main
How can we grasp reality? How can we literally feel what is real in our hands? How can we see the transformations of matter over time? Over long periods of time? Un trou dans la main is an installation that brings together various materialities – and their temporalities – in a kind of conglomerate. Based on the idea of the black hole, this gravitational singularity that traps matter, the installation is concentrated in the centre of the room, attracting the public to discover each element, its history and its relationship with the others. The artist is interested in thinking about the tensions between them and, above all, in their timelines, their becoming, in how they coincide and coexist in this brief moment, but which go far beyond the here-and-now, both into the past and into the future. Objects and materialities present in other installations reappear, in another order of configuration, in another time of appearance. A pumice, an obsidian stone, a mobile phone screen or an internal memory of a computer come together in a possible line of interpretation, which links the time of volcanoes (and eruptions to form vitreous stones) to our first reflection in polished surfaces, which lasts until today, and a certain loss of memory, having the capacity to keep everything. In the centre of this black hole of the installation, a video captures the gaze through the constant movement of hands gesticulating non-stop. An attempt to explain something. To touch in order to point out the existence of reality, to make it visible. Several images appear that merge with each other and with that hand: the first colour photograph, the Pillars of Creation captured by the Hubble telescope, wilting flowers, scientific graphics, a representation of quantum fluctuation, a liquid crystal, the first real image of a black hole (taken by scientists in 2019) and the first simulated image of a black hole (taken by the French scientist Jean-Pierre Luminet in 1979). From the ephemeral life of a flower to immeasurable cosmic times, passing through our human existence, which tries to make sense of everything that crosses us. Our time is brief. And because of this temporal experience we see things as fixed, in separate states of matter. However, everything flows. Everything is finite, but immersed in an infinite flow of transformation. It is only a matter of time.
Pedro Torres focuses his artistic practice on themes related to the concepts of time, distance, memory, language and image, using a variety of media in the development of his works and research projects. He has recently exhibited at The Green Parrot, Casal Solleric, Centro Párraga, Casa Seat Barcelona, Chiquita Room, Fabra i Coats: Centre d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, among others. He lives and works in Barcelona, where she is artist-in-residence at Hangar, Centro de producción e investigación de artes visuales.