ESTHER GATÓN

Born in 1988 in Valladolid Spain (ES)
Lives and works between Madrid (ES) and London (GB)

In the work of Esther Gatón, the sensuality of grafting is propagated through her artisanal technique. Disparate materials are brought together, the gaps between them narrowed in a trope-like game of seduction in which organic and osseous forms appear as a reaction to the surroundings, while also being reflected as a stimulus, being placed and assuming their position within a material history of both past and present circumstances. Skin grafting: poetic transplants of marked and reactive material, of speech embodied, and skins that become tropes. Reddened, shiny and wrinkled, with bruises and scars that are infected, contorted and embellished, material surfaces are a simile and hyperbole for what surrounds them.

 


 

[READING LIST]

Curatorial texts:

  • “Sunburns” by Esther Gatón, 2021 (EN)
  • “surface ornament frivolity“ by Esther Gatón, 2020 (EN)
  • “forms, uses and commensality” by Esther Gatón, 2020 (EN)
  • “SLURP, GLUG” by Sonia Fernández Pan, 2019 (ES)
  • “Las virtudes” by Julia Morandeira Arrizabalaga, 2018 (ES-EN)
  • “Maneras de Sentarse” by Beatriz Ortega Botas, 2017 (ES-EN)

Press:

  • “Eu tinha poucos anos e já era rigorosamente anciã” in Fluxo, 2022 (EN)
  • “Suppress inheritance about “Ugly Enemies” by Esther Gatón” by Andrés Carretero, 2021 (EN)
  • Emma O’Brien, Interview at DATEAGLEART, 2020 (EN)
Esther Gatón, "El Resto", Museo Universidad, Navarra (ES), 2020
Esther Gatón, "Costillar", Dialecto, CA2M, Madrid (ES), 2018

SOLO SHOWS AND DUO SHOWS

2021

One Hammer Coming Your Way, Feria ARCO, Madrid (ES)

Screening Room, Residency 11:11, London (UK)

Ugly Enemies, accompanied with a text by Benedict Singleton, Cibrián Gallery, Donostia San Sebastian (ES)

2020

Where Water Rumbles, Metalloids, Intersticio, London (UK)

Moss Vychissoise, with Nora Baron, The Ryder, London (UK)

Goldsmiths Degree Show, Ben Pimlott Building 4th floor, London (UK)

2019

SLURP, GLUG, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia (ES)

2018

ARENA, with Ana de Fontecha and Florence Sweeney, Espositivo, Madrid (SP)

​Abrigo La Nuca, Galería Aldama Fabre, Bilbao (SP)

Las virtudes, Museo Patio Herreriano, Valladolid (SP)

2017

MANERAS / Oh, how we need a new language to go with our new bodies!, Gextoarte, Bilbao (SP)

​Sombra de Ojos with Julián Cruz​. Galería Javier Silva, Valladolid (SP)

2016

19 with editorial cientodieciocho, Estudio Mendoza, Madrid (SP)

Tsk with Andrea Beade​, Galería h2o, Barcelona (SP)

GROUP SHOWS

2021

Descripción de un Estado Físico, cur. Pepe Suárez, Galería Elba Benítez, Madrid (ES)

Le Club du Poisson-Lune, cur. Cédric Fauq, CAPC, Bordeaux (FR)

Dialecto, CA2M, Madrid (ES)

You May Come Full Circle, Cibrián, Donostia-San Sebastián (ES)

Trémula, (Esther Gatón’s sculpture was part of the installation show by Javier Cruz), cur. Tania Pardo and Manuel Segade, CA2M, Madrid (ES)

Oculto en la Sombra, Sucediendo en el Margen, Disolviendo la Forma, cur. Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo, Galería Nordés Santiago (ES)

2020

Volver dentro del cuerpo, cur. Marta Echaves, Injuve, Madrid (ES)

La mina de sal – La sed animal, cur. Margot Cuevas, Gisela Chillida, Daniel Moreno, Mónica Panes and Alex Palacín, Art Nou Barcelona (ES)

Un metro y medio,  cur. Manuel Segade and Tania Pardo, CA2M, Madrid (ES)

El Resto, cur. Marina Alonso, Pau Cassany, Sofía Enríquez, Dailey Fernández and Inés Hornero, Museo Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona (ES)

System Safari, Arebyte Gallery, London (UK)

Down the Rabbit Hole, cur. Daisuke Kato, Madriguera, Madrid (ES)

Pou Sou Nefko Pou Paeis, Koraï Cyprus (CY)

2019

El hecho alegre. Una mecánica popular de los sentidos, cur. Tania Pardo, La Casa Encendida Madrid (SP)

2019

Six Memos, cur. by Branka Bencic, Bridge Gallery in St George Hall, Liverpool (UK)

Dazzling Encounters, cur. by Cristina Herráiz, Sanderson Hotel, London (UK)

The one that´s always there, the one that came late, the one that never arrived, the one that wasn´t invited, SB34-The Pool, Brussels (BE)

Extended Spaces, curated by Sérgio Fazenda Rodrigues. Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Rocks radio radar long wave radiation, cur. by Cristina Ramos, The Watch, Berlin (DE)
Mensaje de Arecibo, cur. by D11, Etopía Centro de Arte y Tecnología, Zaragoza (SP)

​Circuitos XXIX, cur. by Bernardo Sopelana. Sala de Arte Joven, Madrid (SP)

2018

Six Memos, cur. by Branka Bencic. Labirynt Gallery, Lublin (POL)

​SWAB,​ ​with Espositivo. Barcelona (SP)

CALL20, Galería Luis Adelantado, Valencia  (SP)

​Six Memos, cur. by Branka Bencic, Sala Las Francesas, Valladolid  (SP)

Lo Digerido, cur. by Dalia de la Rosa​, Espacio Dörffi, Lanzadore  (SP)

​No es lo que aparece, Premio Miquel Casablancas​ Fabra i Coats Centre d’Art Contemporani,  Barcelona (SP)

​Molto Molto Fuori, Casabanchel, Madrid (SP)

2017

Cardar la lana, Espositivo, Madrid (SP)

​Haciendo Días, CENTEX, Valparaíso (CH)

​Grasping a Concept is Mastering the Use of a Form, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (SP)

2015

Laboratorio intránsit cartec, Madrid (SP)

​Exposición Fronteiras e Estados de Sitio, Biblioteca Río Grande, Brasil (BR)

​Creadores Inquietos, Sala Municipal Las Francesas, Valladolid (SP)

2014

Premio Cátedra Árte y Enfermedades, UPV, Valencia (SP)

2013

Janos, The Inmaterial Worker, Centro de arte complutense, Madrid (SP)

Entre el reflejo, Entreacto, Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid (SP)

2011

Projectes Germinals, Sala 0 Museo Picasso, Barcelona (SP)

Carne Fresca, El Ranchito, Matadero, Madrid (SP)

RESIDENCIES AND GRANT

2022

Wiels, Brussels (BE)

Generaciones, Madrid (ES)

 

2021

Veepee Art Price

2020

Art Council Artist Support Grant

Acquisition, CA2M, Madrid (ES)

Art Council, London (UK)

2018

Ayudas a La Creación, Comunidad de Madrid (ES)

Injuve, Madrid (ES)

Sant Andreu Contemporari, Barcelona (ES)

Circuitos de las Artes Plásticas, Madrid (ES)

2017

Sala O Patio Herreriano Museum, Valladolid (ES)

2014

Premio Cátedra Árte y Enfermedades, UPV, Valencia (ES)

2012

La Trasera, Programa Sin Créditos, Faculty of Arts UCM, Madrid (ES)

2013

The Gym, RAMPA, Madrid (ES)