In spite of the formal precision of his painting, the conceptual weight of Pere Llobera’s work has always been one of the chief traits of his painting. A meta-referential analysis of his craft focused as much on the dysfunctionality of the pictorial activity as on its power to liberate. A useless and euphoric power – conveying everything that exists onto canvas is wonderful, but it is of no use – that turns the painter into a survivor who cannot help himself and must go on painting.
Pere Llobera (b.1970, based in Barcelona) was a resident of Rijksakademie (Amsterdam) in 2006 and 2007. His solo shows include Acció, Bombon projects, Barcelona 2018, Supuració etílica de la pedra, MNAC, Barcelona 2018, Kill your darlings, SIS, Sabadell 2018, Viafarini Kunsthalle (Milano); Tongerlohuys museum (Roosendal), or ‘Unter dem Pantoffel stehen (Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam). He has shown in group shows at Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona), CaixaForum (Barcelona), KolnShow2 (Colonia), Kranenburg Museum (Bergen), the biennial of Thessaloniki or Platform for Visual arts (Tilburg), among others. Most of his most relevant installations (Palacio ¿Real? / Vera Icon / Todo Hiper) have been shown at alternative spaces.