Jordi Mitjà, Josep Maynou
Bombon presents a project with two artists who, despite working in almost opposite conditions, share similar interests. In their works, discarded materials, chance and above all, the necessity to embrace the surrounding environment, become a common denominator.
The objects of Josep Maynou (rugs, customized socks, chairs, tables, lamps with caps…) are residues that emerge from his trips. Like a tracking dog, Maynou sweeps the territory that he encounters. A journey that started in Morocco a few years ago and that has taken him to live and work in many different countries. His nomadic style of life doesn’t allow him to have a studio, thus his work is composed of what’s around him at the time. The result are assemblages of found objects, performances in the format of monologues -in which he explains anecdotes from his trips, like a troubadour-, homemade videos or rugs made with ancestral techniques that the artist takes to the contemporary sphere with messages and drawings that he comes across.
Unlike Maynou, Jordi Mitjà has a studio and lives surrounded by nature. His work emerges from the study of particular materials from the area where he lives and in which he grew up. Through his sculptural work, Mitjà pays homage to his fascination for local relics, imperceptible from a global perspective. Mitjà collects waste and discarded objects; he tracks the territory ethnographically as if he was trying to describe the landscape that surrounds him.
Jordi delves into the popular: the history, the matter, the myth and the traditions of an immediate geography. Josep, on the other hand, has grown fuelled by Pop: a simultaneous consumption and production of disembodied culture, of a common planetary language, with the speed of the meme and the performativity of identity in social networks.
Both artists, conscious that their work is framed within the visual arts and not in the parameters of ethnography and the study of the territory, offer a conceptual twist that draws their attention to the revision of the condition of the artist, the limits between art and life and, in consequence, to the own nature of the work of art.