Karlos Gil

Karlos Gil studied at the School of Visuals Arts in New York and at the faculties of Fine Arts in Lisbon and Madrid where he earned his PhD in 2016.

Karlos Gil (Toledo, 1984) was awarded an International Visual Art Grant from Fundación Botín (Spain) and the Caja Madrid/Casa Encendida Art Award. He participated in different artistic residency’s programmes, namely at Gasworks (UK) and Fondazione Antonio Ratti (Italy). His work has been presented in solo and group shows, namely at: II Moscow Biennale, MMOMA (Moscow); Le19CRAC (Montbeliard, France); Fundación Botín (Spain); Centre George Pompidou (Paris); Gasworks (London, UK); Idoru (Helsinki); CA2M (Madrid); MARCO (Vigo) or La Casa Encendida (Madrid).

Karlos Gil is interested in how objects and their meaning are transformed when placed in new environments, using abstraction, fragmentation and memory to create new narratives and readings, collapsing the temporal distance between past, present and future. His latest projects reflect on the relationship between technological development and the principles of the natural world, focusing on the borderline between the organic and the artificial, the natural and the industrial.

Through a variety of media, he creates fragmentary scenarios inviting viewers to fill in a missing context by layering the artwork with encrypted backstories from the likes of industrial evolution, mythology, the occult, and biological research.

Gil has been exploring diverse forms as living encrypted systems where art acts as a hypothesis against the unknown.

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Born in Toledo, Spain, 1984.
Lives and works in Madrid, Spain.

 

EDUCATION

2016 – PHD, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, ES.
2011 – School of Visual Arts, New York, USA.
2006/07 – Faculdade Belas Artes, Lisbon, Portugal.
2002/06 – Facultad de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Spain.

 

RESIDENCIES

2016 – Gasworks, London, UK.
2014 – Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, Italy.

 

SOLO SHOWS

2017
Phantom Limb, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon, PT.
Not Fish, Snake Scale, García | Galería, Madrid, ES.
Moon Museum, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Huarte, Pamplona, ES.

2015
Sub Rosa, García | Galería, Madrid, Spain.

2014
Like Potted Plants in an Office Lobby, Gasworks, London, UK.

2013
T H E M O O N M U S E U M, LABoral, Gijón, Spain.
The Intervals Fundación Chirivella Soriano, Valencia, Spain.

2012
Colorless Green Idea, García | Galería. Madrid, Spain.

GROUP SHOWS

2018
Querer Parecer Noche, CA2M – Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, ES.
ISLAND
, Montecristo Project, Sardinia, IT.
I’ve never thought I’d need so many people, García | Galería, Madrid, ES.
Unspoken We, W139 gallery, Amsterdam, NL.
Idea, Materia & Forma, Red Itiner, Madrid, ES.
Tender Media, Interference, Seoul, KR.

2017
Ob Skené, a project by Belén Zahera, CAREOF, Milan, IT
Cambio de Rumbo, Tabacalera, Madrid, ES
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream, curated by Clelia Colantonio, Fondazione Baruchello, Rome, IT.
Morphogenesis, Curated by João Laia, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon, PT.
Protein Folding, Acephale, Hamburg, DE.
Cosmic Words, curated by Alex Alonso Díaz, Galeria Municipal da Boavista, Lisbon, PT.
Serpents Things of Light, Yaby, Madrid, ES.

2016
The Art Fair (video screening), CaixaForum, Palma de Mallorca, ES.
Projective Ornament, García | Galería, Madrid, ES.
L´objet de repetition (trio show), curated by Alexandre Roccuzzo, CRAC Le 19, Montbéliard, FR.
Rendering the Real, curated by Benjamin Weil, Fundación Botin. Santander, ES.
MiArt, García | Galería, Stand A-19 Emergent, Milano, IT.
Forjando el Espacio, MUPAN, Málaga, ES.

2015
Fragments of a Hologram Rose, Idoru, Helsinki, FL.
Salon Flux, Parallel, Viena, AU.
Productions and Processes, MARCO, Vigo, ES.
Generacion 15, Plataforma Revolver, Lisboa, PT.
Planes of Flow, The Living Room, London, UK.
Generacion 15, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES.

2014
Aspect Ratio (with Belen Zahera), Galería Javier Silva, Valladolid, ES.
Archaeology Fabricated, Junefirst Gallery, Berlin, DE.
The Journey of Room 53, curated by Joao Silverio, Project by Francisco Fino Art Projects, Galeria Baginski, Lisbon, PT.
Retoalimentación, curated by Francesco Giaveri and Tiago Pinto, SACM, Madrid, ES.
Number, Name, Think (The Scientific Method), curated by Carlos Garaicoa, Estudio Carlos Garaicoa, Madrid, ES.

2013
Secret Codes, curated by Agustín Perez-Rubio, Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo, BR.
Presente Continuo, curated by Cristina Anglada, Conde Duque, Madrid, ES.
Corso Aperto, curated by Simone Menegoi, Fondazione Antonio Ratti, Como, IT.
Open Event, curated by Belén Zahera, Salon Flux, London, UK.
Art Souterrain, curated by Bérénice Freytag, STM, Montreal, CA.
Taking Measures, curated by Marlon de Azambuja, OTR, Madrid, ES.
Duplex, Madrid, ES.

2012
III Moscow International Biennale, Curated by Kathrin Becker, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA), Moscow, RU.
La Condición Narrativa, curated by Alexandra Laudo, La Capella, Barcelona, ES.
Iceberg,  curated by Bernardo Sopelana, Matadero. Madrid, ES.
Far from Home, curated by Virginia Torrente, MASart, Barcelona, ES.
Flowers; Abyss; Parataxis, curated by Carlos Fdez-Pello, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES.
Everything Flows (PANTA REI), curated by Fisk-Tank, Rina Bouwen, Madrid, ES.

2011
Les Rencontres Internationales, curated by Jean-François Rettig and Nathalie Hénon, HKW, Berlin, Germany and Centre George Pompidou, Paris, FR.
Experimental Station. Research and artistic phenomena, curated by A. Mengs and V. Torrente, CA2M, Madrid and LABoral, Gijón, ES.
SVA Open Studio, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA.
Taking/Giving Information. Part 1, Performance. CaixaForum, Madrid, ES.

2010
Fresh, curated by Ulf Saupe and J.M. Pozo, Ulf Saupe, Berlin, DE.
(In)visivilidad y (Des)control, curated by Victor Zarza, Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, ES.
Intransit, curated by Javier Duero, C ART C, Madrid, ES.
Codified, curated by Rotoreliefs, Vibe, London, UK.

ARTICLES (SELECTION)

2015
Art Forum Critics’ Picks. Javier Hontoria. Art Forum.
Sub Rosa. Input Magazine.
Sub Rosa. Art Viewer.

2014
Portfolio Series. Ed, B-guided & Ferran ElOtro. Barcelona.
A Viagem da Sala 53. Joao Silverio. Making Art Happen. Lisbon.

2013
Reescenificando Historias. Benjamin Weil. LABoral,.
Gijón, tenemos un problema. Roberta Bosco. El País.
Karlos Gil: The Moon Museum. Rosa Perez. Fluido rosa, RNE.
Si crees en el Museo. Abel H. Pozuelo. El Cultural-El Mundo.
T H E M O O N M U S E U M. Alberto Piquero. El Comercio.
The object editor & The Semionaut. Lorena Muñoz-Alonso. selfselector.co.uk.
Karlos Gil: The Moon Museum. J.L. Arguelles. La Nueva España.
The Narrative Condition. Montse Badia. A*Desk,

2012
Karlos Gil: Colorless Green Ideas. Tania Pardo. Exit Express.
Esto es una Generación. Alfredo Aracil. Tendencias.
Pasen y lean. Francisco Carpio. ABC.

2011
Experimental Station. Research and Artistic Pehnomena. Lorena Muñoz-Alonso. Frieze.com.

2009
Blumen und Feuer. Alex Barnils. Tip Berlin.

2008
Black Paper. Nick Taylor. The new Strange Times, n. 3. London.

 

PUBLICATIONS/CONTRIBUTIONS

2016
AAVV, Rendering the Real. L´objet de Repetition. Fundación Botin, Ed. Santander.

2015
Reversing Slant Step. Collaboration with Valentinas Klimašauskas. La Casa Encendida Ed. Madrid.
Ficus [0] (‘fig.ures of re.hearsal’). Rampa Ed. Madrid.
The Semiotic Hinge. Retroalimentación. Madrid, 2015.

2014
AAVV, Like Potted Plants in an Office Lobby. Gasworks Ed. London.
Portfolio Series. Ed, B-guided & Ferran ElOtro. Barcelona.
A Viagem da Sala 53. Galeria Baginski, Ed. Lisboa.

2013
Erratum. Save as …Publications Ed, Ferran ElOtro. Barcelona.

2012
The Intervals. Chirivella Soriano Foundation Ed. Valencia.
Colorless Green Ideas (with Belen Zahera). Garcia | Galeria Ed. Madrid.
Flowers; Abyss; Parataxis. La Casa Encendida Ed. Madrid, 2012.
III Moscow International Biennale. Museum of Modern Art, Moscow. 2012.
Far from Home. Virginia Torrente Ed. Mas Art Galeria, Barcelona 2012.
Last Stop that Town, Mooooon Publishing. Madrid 2012.
TEXTO 2. Project by David Bestué, Daniel Jacoby and Gabriel Pericás. Barcelona 2012.

2011
Taking/Giving Information. CA2M & LABoral Ed. Madrid/Gijon.
Experimental Station. Research and artistic phenomena. CA2M Ed. Madrid 2011.

2010
Sci-Fi Tags. Extraball Publications. Berlin.
Prisma. Ortomática, Madrid 2010.

2008
The New Strange Times. Black Paper Ed. n. Londres 2008.

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I S L A N D

Monte Cristo Project
Sardinia, 2018

Phantom Limbs

Galeria Francisco Fino
Lisbon, 2017

L’objet de repetition

CRAC, Le 19
Montbéliard, 2016

Rendering the Real

Fundación Botin
Santander, 2016

Productions and Processes

MARCO
Vigo, 2015

Generacion 15

Casa Encendida
Madrid, 2015

Like Potted Plants in an Office Lobby

Gasworks
London, 2014

Retoalimentación

SACM
Madrid, 2014

 T H E M O O N M U S E U M

LaBoral
Gijon, 2013

Iceberg

Matadero
Madrid, 2012

Experimental Station

CA2M
Gijón, 2011

QUERER PARECER NOCHECA2M – Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo | Madrid | 10.10.18 – 27.01.19

Idea, Materia y Forma | Centro Cultural Adolfo Suarez | Tres Cantos | 13.11.18 – 4.12.18