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2012-10-01 - Look, feel, collect
The exhibition Look, Feel, Collect brings three artists together: Joaquim Paiva, Miguel Soler-Roig and Toni Catany. They are both artists and collectors who have built their own vision of the world through their own eyes and though the eyes of the others. They have chosen to recognize and be recognized as the creators of artworks that inspire.

The act of collecting begins with looking, with the ability to discover qualities before our eyes. Looking means to look within, to pay attention, to ask yourself about what you see. This reflexive exercise involves a choice and hides an attraction, followed by the desire to possess what we admire. However, the appropriation of the desired object does not have to result in actually acquiring it. We can silence our longing for possessing by collecting pictures, notes or just memories that help us get an idea about who we are. We are all collectors to a degree. Each item in our personal collection shows a small part of our identity and discloses information about particular moments in our lives, as the collection is a real creation in itself - a cosmogony of our personality and individual path.

If we look at these first observations one could say that there are practices that capture the essence of collecting. The artists, for example, generate their own repertoire of artworks where they expect to reflect, aesthetically and conceptually, fragments of their own being and the way they see the world around. In order to complete the task of creation, the artwork must become a mirror in which other people can also recognise themselves, especially the art collectors. The person who everybody recognizes as the collector is one who experiences an uncontrollable desire to own an artwork.

Although the quality of real collectors is his passion we cannot forget a second attribute that gives us the key to a wider characterization - their intuition. When a collector buys a work of art he doesn’t do it just because of an aesthetic or emotional pleasure, he also analyses and questions whether he is truly acquiring a quality piece of art and whether the artist has a clear professional direction. That is to say, he also seeks the approval and recognition of the public for having discovered a new talent. Sometimes the collector is driven by his instinct whilst other times he makes logical decisions that rest on the solid foundation of knowledge, information and experience in the current art market. At a higher level, when the collector becomes a Patron of the Arts he has an acute sense of responsibility for his acquisition and he assures that the artists he follows are respected

Nerea Ubieto, Exhibition curator
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