On the 14th June Javier Arce, then-current artist in residence at 1646, hosted an informal meeting for a reduced number of people, 12 max., with lunch included.
The work of Javier Arce is characterised by his special attention to drawing, especially in the extension of this discipline to new territories and also the search and investigation of its specificity in the general field of contemporary artistic creation. But his work also addresses the field of video in cases where the project needs a broader and more explicit narrative, as well as installation, a field in which he has been insisting in recent years. Recently, the artist located geographically and thematically his work in a shepherd’s cabin in the mountains of Cantabria, where he presented a lucid relationship between the local and the global, the personal and the political, between the natural landscape and contemporary conflicts and, in short, between the individual desire and the collective impulse.
During the month of residence the artist was traveling through different parts of the country with his video camera recording images of the Dutch rural environment, taking as his only travel companion deferential readings of books like “The Tree” by John Fowles tree, “Où atterrir?” by Bruno Latour, “Modern Nature” by Dereck Jarman or “Discovering The Native Landscape” by John Brinckerhoff Jackson, while reflecting on the importance of the dehumanized random spaces of the landscape and its territory.
From 2017 to 2019, 1646 collaborated with the international Artist in Residency program Orbital to promote cultural exchange of The Netherlands with Spain. In 2017, 1646 invited Bernice Nauta to go to the residency Orbital and in 2018 Bonno van Doorn visited the residency in Santander. During this time 1646 has received guests as well: first Raúl Hevia in 2018, and artist Javier Arce in 2019.