Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery

Public Reception: Thursday
6 PM–7 PM

Many Cities, One Providence— From New Castile to New England: Fly on the Wall by Miguel Guzmán Pastor

Many Cities, One Providence is an exhibition series offering Providence audiences idiosyncratic glimpses of innovative contemporary artists working in cities around the world. The series stems from Providence College—Galleries’ and the Providence College Art & Art History Department’s interest in cultivating relationships with artists, scholars and arts communities from around the world in order to draw connections between the city of Providence and other international urban contexts. In keeping with the exhibition series and commissioned in conjunction with Providence College’s Centennial programming, From New Castile to New England: Fly on the Wall uses contemporary art as a lens through which to have a look at this multi-faceted region in Spain, once a hub-site for St. Dominic’s early ministry and exposure to the arts.

In the summer and fall of 2016, artist Miguel Guzmán Pastor traveled throughout the southern region of Castile. In contrast to the Don Quijote-esque spectacular approaches to experiencing this historical area, Guzmán Pastor gathered a collection of moments from everyday life. Combining a multitude of atmospheres, people, objects, rituals and sounds into a video and score, the artist presents a renewed reality in PC–G’s Hunt-Cavanagh Gallery, an original rhythm extracted from one cultural context (urban, historic, Dominican Catholic and more) and inserted into another in Providence. Like a fly on the wall, the artist lands on the liminal spaces between documentation and creation/reality and fiction, building the film and score into an overall installation also featuring small sculptures and multi-component drawings, photographs and other wall works to author a poetic symmetry between here and there.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction Providence College's Centennial.

It is generously supported by the Art & Art History Department at Providence College.

Conjunctive Programming:

Artist-to-Scholar Conversation:
Thursday, January 26, 5-6pm

Public Reception:
Thursday, January 26, 6 - 7pm

Miguel Guzmán Pastor (b. 1973) is a multimedia artist, architect and curator living and working in Madrid. He has shown internationally, exhibiting such projects as Clepsydra and Drain Site at The Place Theatre in London; Irma at Espacio Menosuno and Galeria Lapieza in Madrid and Cue Festival in Berlin; Desde 6 at Galeria Charpa in Valencia, El Patio de MH in Madrid, Kunst Gallery in Edinburgh, Cafe MIR in Oslo, Proyector Festival in Madrid and Milan, and The Milk Factory in Chicago. He has present collaborative projects like Crash at Damien Hirst Showroom in London; ysidejamosdeserartistas at Teatro Pradillo and Casa Encendida in Madrid; and Scarpia in Cordoba. He is a founding member of El Intruso, an experimental music collective, and TABLE, an atelier for arts and architecture (active from 2000 to 2006), which won the Gold Promax Award for Best European Television Set and created the Mexican Pavilion for ARCO in Madrid, Plaza Colon in Barcelona and Guggenheim Square in Bilbao. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and has received grants from the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Culture of Spain. Guzmán Pastor currently works as a professor of Scenography, Interior Design Projects and Drawing at Nebrija University in Madrid, curator at La Industrial in Madrid, and director at Espacio Islandia.

Miguel Guzmán Pastor, "Bombo Ciudad Real," 2016, research photograph. Courtesy the artist.